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Ron Ely

Ron Ely was born in Hereford Texas on June 21, 1938. He was raised in Amarillo where he attended Amarillo High School. He attended The University of Texas at Austin in mid-1950s and was in ROTC.

Best known for his portrayal of  Tarzan in the 1966 NBC TV series where he refused to use a stunt double in his vine-swinging or animal fights and was often injured.

Now retired from acting, in recent years Ely has embarked on a successful writing career and has written two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands: Night Shadows (1994) and East Beach (1995).

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