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Kings Of The Jungle

Ron Ely

After  bit parts in films, including one in “South Pacific”, this tall Texan became the star of the 1960’s “Tarzan” TV series. The series was so popular that a number of two-part episodes were released in cinemas around the world as feature films , most notably “Tarzan’s Jungle Rebellion” & “Tarzan’s Deadly Silence” with Woody Strode & former Tarzan Jock Mahoney as co-stars.

Fact File

Birth Name: Ronald Pierce
Date Of Birth: 21st June 1938
Place Of Birth: Hereford, Texas,

Spouses:
Cathy Ely (1959 - 1961)
Valerie Ely (1983 - Present)

Height: 6’ 4”

Debut Film:South Pacific (1958)

Notable Film Role:
Ron starred as comic book hero Doc Savage in the 1975 feature film “Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze”.

Trivia: Ron performed most of his own stunts on his “Tarzan” TV series, including the vine swinging & animal fights.

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Ron Ely Movies on VHS & DVD

South Pacific [DVD](1958) DVD
Popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about life on a lonely Pacific island post during World War II. Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor and Ray Walston star. Great soundtrack includes "There's Nothing Like a Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Happy Talk" and more; based on James Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." 150 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Once Before I Die(1964) VHS
Exciting WWII action, as a band of American soldiers and one woman trapped behind enemy lines in the Philippines must fight to stay alive. Directed by John Derek, who also stars with then-wife Ursula Andress; with Ron Ely, Richard Jaeckel. 97 min.

The Night Of The Grizzly(1966) VHS
Clint Walker inherits land in Wyoming and trades in the dangerous life of a lawman for the cushy life of a rancher. But new dangers plague his family: a grizzly on the rampage, neighbors who want his property and outlaws. Exciting action and western adventures! Martha Hyer, Nancy Kulp & Ron Ely co-star. 99 min.

Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze(1975) VHS
The golden-hued hero of books, comics and radio returns in this exciting, fun-filled adventure saga. Doc and his comrades track a killer to a remote South American nation where a deadly Indian tribe, ruthless villains and a fabulous treasure await. Ron Ely, Pamela Hensley, Paul Wexler star. 100 min.

 

10 Tarzan Classics on VHS (non-Weissmuller)

Tarzan's Revenge(1938) VHS
Decathlon champ Glenn Morris takes over the reins as Tarzan, rescuing a young woman from the evil clutches of a demented ruler, who has designs on keeping her for himself in his hidden fortress. Co-stars Eleanor Holm and C. Henry Gordon. 70 min.

Tarzan And The Green Goddess(1938) VHS
A special opening sequence was added to this jungle thriller, the second feature to be culled from 1935's "The New Adventures of Tarzan" serial. The ape man (Herman Brix) and his allies are in Guatemala, where they must guard the fabled Green Goddess statue from crooks who want an explosives formula hidden inside it. With Ula Holt, Frank Baker. 72 min.

Tarzan The Fearless(1933) VHS
Olympic great Buster Crabbe dons the loincloth this time as the Lord of the Jungle, helping a young girl find her father, discovering a lost city and fighting treacherous Arabs. Adapted from the serial of the same title. 78 min.

Tarzan And The Trappers(1958) VHS
Enforcing the jungle's code of justice, Tarzan (Gordon Scott) tries to impede the actions of greedy trappers capturing animals for zoos and save a noble chieftain ("Scatman" Crothers) along the way. Also stars Eve Brent. 71 min.

Tarzan Of The Apes(1918) VHS
The screen legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' jungle hero began with this faithful silent version, with Elmo Lincoln as the son of Lord and Lady Greystoke who, after his parents are killed in Africa, is raised by apes and learns to live by the laws of the jungle. Co-stars Enid Markey, True Boardman. 61 min. Silent with music score.

Tarzan's New Adventure(1935) VHS
The animal skin and vine have once again been handed down, this time to another Olympic star, Herman Brix, in this feature version of the serial "The New Adventures of Tarzan." Two expeditions, each seeking the legendary "Green Goddess" idol, square off in the Central American jungle, and only Tarzan can set things right. With Ula Holt, Frank Baker. 73 min.

Tarzan, The Ape Man(1981) VHS
Bo Derek is the swinging-est Jane yet in this sexy version of the legend. Dry, wet or undressed, Bo will steal your heart and bulge your eyes. No wonder jungle king Miles O'Keeffe screams, "ah uhh-uhh ah-uh!" Richard Harris co-stars. 112 min.

Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes(1984) VHS
Faithfully adapted from Burroughs' first Tarzan novel, this film from director Hugh Hudson ("Chariots of Fire") follows the adventures of the jungle lord as he is orphaned as an infant, grows up among the apes, and returns to England to reclaim his heritage. Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ralph Richardson star. Special video edition contains footage not show in theatres. 136 min.

Tarzan And The Lost City(1998) VHS
Edgar Rice Burroughs' famed hero returns in this adventure saga which finds Tarzan in England, enjoying life as Lord Greystoke and about to marry Lady Jane Porter. When he learns that an explorer's quest for the fabled Lost City of Opar threatens his jungle domain, Tarzan slips back into the loincloth to help. Casper Van Dien and Jane March star. 84 min.

Tarzan The Tiger(1929) VHS
Frank Merrill, as Tarzan, must rescue Jane from native slave traders and keep thieves from stealing the "pretty pebbles" that make up the jewel city of Opar. With Natalie Kingston, Lillian Worth; 10 swinging episodes. Silent with music score.

 

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Tarzan’s Deadly Silence (1970)

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