Signed “Tarzan” Photo - 1958/1993
Vintage 1958 studio photograph of Gordon Scott, the 11th actor to play Tarzan. Inscribed and signed by Scott “To Phil – Gordon Scott – 7/10/93” with blue Sharpie in 1993, and in very fine condition.
Gordon Scott (1926-2007) was an American actor known for his portrayal of Tarzan in five films from 1955 to 1960.
Due in part to his muscular frame and 6’3″ height, he was quickly signed to replace Lex Barker as Tarzan. Scott’s Tarzan films ranged from rather cheap re-edited television pilots to larger scale epics. Two of them, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure and Tarzan the Magnificent are generally considered to be among the very best Tarzan films ever made. Scott’s (and his writers’) particular gifts to the series included returning Tarzan to his former status as a literate, well-spoken character. Following his departure from the Tarzan films, he moved to Italy and became a popular star of what were known as “sword and sandal” epics, featuring handsome bodybuilders as various characters from Greek and Roman myth. Scott was a friend of Hercules star Steve Reeves, and collaborated with him as Remus to Reeves’ Romulus in Duel of the Titans (1961). Scott also played Hercules in a couple of low-budget productions during the mid-1960s. His final film appearance was in The Tramplers, filmed in 1966, released in the U.S. in 1968. Scott was married apparently three times, including once to his Tarzan co-star, actress Vera Miles, from 1954 to 1959.
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