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Gordon Scott

Gordon Scott was an American film and television actor known for his portrayal of the fictional character Tarzan in five films (and one compilation of three made-as-a-pilot television episodes) of the Tarzan film series from 1955 to 1960. Gordon Scott was the eleventh Tarzan, starting with Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle. He was "discovered" poolside, and offered "a seven-year contract, a loin cloth, and a new last name." "Due in part to his muscular frame and 6-foot-3-inch [1.91-metre] height, he was quickly signed to replace Lex Barker as Tarzan" by producer Sol Lesser. Lesser had Gordon change his name because "Werschkul" sounded too much like "Weismueller". Scott's Tarzan movies ranged from rather cheap re-edited television pilots to large-scale action films with high-production values shot on location in Africa. In his early Tarzan films, he played the character as unworldly and inarticulate, in the mold of Johnny Weissmuller, an earlier Tarzan portrayer. In Scott's later films, after a change in producers, he played a Tarzan who was educated and spoke perfect English, as in the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Scott was the only actor to play Tarzan in both styles. Fearing he would become typecast as Tarzan, Scott moved to Italy and became a popular star in epics of the péplum genre (known in the United States as sword-and-sandal), featuring handsome bodybuilders as various characters from Greek and Roman myth. Scott was a friend of Steve Reeves, and collaborated with him as Remus to Reeves's Romulus in Duel of the Titans. Scott also played Hercules in a couple of international co-productions during the mid-1960s. As the péplum genre faded, Scott starred in spaghetti westerns and Eurospy films. His final film appearance was in The Tramplers (filmed in 1966; released in the United States in 1968).


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Born:
Aug 3, 1926 In Portland, Oregon, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
30
First Appeared:
In the movie Tarzan's Hidden Jungle 1955-02-16
Latest Project:
Movie In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross 1998-12-22
Known For
Poster of The Movie Orgy
Poster of The Shortest Day
Poster of Tarzan's Fight for Life
Poster of Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Filmography
Movie In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross Himself 1998-12-22
Movie Investigating Tarzan Himself 1997-01-01
Movie Women in Cell Block 7 (Archive Footage) 1973-07-05
Movie The Movie Orgy Self (archival footage) 1968-01-01
Movie Top Secret John Sutton 1967-05-13
Movie Danger!! Death Ray Bart Fargo 1967-01-28
Movie Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West Buffalo Bill 1965-02-17
Movie The Tramplers Lon Cordeen 1965-12-31
Movie Hercules and the Princess of Troy Hercules 1965-03-08
Movie Hero of Rome Mucius 1964-04-22
Movie Coriolanus: Hero without a Country Coriolanus 1964-08-19
Movie The Shortest Day Soldato (uncredited) 1963-02-14
Movie Mask of the Musketeers Zorro 1963-02-14
Movie The Conquest of Mycenae Glauco / Hercules 1963-04-22
Movie Hero of Babylon Nippur 1963-08-22
Movie The Lion of St. Mark Manrico Venier 1963-11-21
Movie The Tyrant of Lydia Against the Son of Hercules Goliath / Gordian 1963-09-04
Movie El hijo del caíd Kerim 1962-06-29
Movie A Queen for Caesar Julius Caesar 1962-12-22
Movie Gladiator of Rome Marcus 1962-09-13
Movie Goliath and the Vampires Maciste (Goliath) 1961-08-24
Movie Samson and the Seven Miracles of the World Maciste / Samson 1961-10-31
Movie Duel of the Titans Remus 1961-12-06
Movie Tarzan the Magnificent Tarzan 1960-07-20
Movie Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Tarzan 1959-07-08
Movie Tarzan and the Trappers Tarzan 1958-01-01
Movie Tarzan's Fight for Life Tarzan 1958-08-15
Movie Tarzan and the Lost Safari Tarzan 1957-04-12
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Tarzan's Hidden Jungle Tarzan 1955-02-16