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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. He payed title role in the film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze in 1975, as well as various guest shots. He was in five episodes of the series Fantasy Island; in one, in 1978,

Now retired from acting, Ely is a successful novelist and has written two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands: Night Shadows and East Beach.

Update: On October 16, 2019 tragedy struck the Ely family when the former "Tarzan" actor's wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely was found dead of multiple stab wounds in the couple's Santa Barbara home. Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call found Ron Ely's son, Cameron Ely while searching the property. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Cameron posed a threat to the deputies and they opened fire, killing 30-year old Cameron Ely.

Resources:

Books About and by Ron Ely (Amazon)

Ron Ely TV and Movies (Amazon)

Amarillo History, And Memories (Facebook)

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