Gordon Scott

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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    Place of birth
    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Birthday
    8/3/1926
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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
5.3
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Tarzan and the Lost Safari
4.7
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Tarzan the Magnificent
5.6
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Danger!! Death Ray
2.9
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
4.8
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Tarzan and the Trappers
3.9
Tarzan's Fight for Life
Tarzan's Fight for Life
4.6
Duel of the Titans
Duel of the Titans
5.2
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Goliath and the Vampires
5.2
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Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World
5.8
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Gladiator of Rome
6
The Tramplers
The Tramplers
6
Kerim, Son of the Sheik
Kerim, Son of the Sheik
5
The Conquest of Mycenae
The Conquest of Mycenae
3.6
Hero of Rome
Hero of Rome
3.9
Hercules and the Princess of Troy
Hercules and the Princess of Troy
6.2
Zorro and the Three Musketeers
Zorro and the Three Musketeers
3.5
The Lion of St. Mark
The Lion of St. Mark
3.6
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Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West
4.9
Top Secret
Top Secret
7
In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross
In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross
0
Hero of Babylon
Hero of Babylon
3
Thunder of Battle
Thunder of Battle
3
Women in Cell Block 7
Women in Cell Block 7
4.9
The Tyrant of Lydia Against the Son of Hercules
The Tyrant of Lydia Against the Son of Hercules
2
Investigating Tarzan
Investigating Tarzan
0
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A Queen for Caesar
5
The Shortest Day
The Shortest Day
5.8
The Movie Orgy
The Movie Orgy
6.2
L'Attaque de Fort Adams (Une aventure de Buffalo Bill)
L'Attaque de Fort Adams (Une aventure de Buffalo Bill)
0
Tarzan: Lord of the Movies
Tarzan: Lord of the Movies
0
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