Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record
Johann Peter Weissmüller was born June 2, 1904, to Peter Weissmüller and his wife Elisabeth Kersch, in Banat, Freidorf, Timisoura, Romania (Austria-Hungary).
His place of birth is discussed in the Sports Illustrated article:
Johnny Weissmuller Made Olympian Efforts To Conceal His Birthplace
Weissmuller had five wives: band and club singer Bobbe Arnst (1931-1933); actress Lupe Vélez (1933-1939); Beryl Scott by which he had three children (1939 -1948); Allene Gates (1948-1962); and Maria Baumann of Bavaria (1963- his death 1984).
Johnny Weissmuller died January 20, 1984 (aged 79) in Acapulco, Mexico.