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Ron Ely

Ron Ely was born in Hereford Texas on June 21, 1938. He was raised in Amarillo where he attended Amarillo High School. He attended The University of Texas at Austin in mid-1950s and was in ROTC.

Best known for his portrayal of Tarzan in the 1966 NBC TV series where he refused to use a stunt double in his vine-swinging or animal fights and was often injured.

Now retired from acting, in recent years Ely has embarked on a successful writing career and has written two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands: Night Shadows (1994) and East Beach (1995).

On October 16, 2019 tragedy struck the Ely family when the former "Tarzan" actor's wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely was found dead of multiple stab wounds in the couple's Santa Barbara home. Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call found Ron Ely's son, Cameron Ely while searching the property. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Cameron posed a threat to the deputies and they opened fire, killing 30-year old Cameron Ely.

 

Books about Potter County Texas

In the Cattle Country: History of Potter County, 1887-1966

A Strong West Wind: A Memoir

Cowboy Justice: Tale of a Texas Lawman

Whistling Willie from Amarillo, Texas

Chickens in the Attic: MEMORIES 1934-1949, Growing Up in Amarillo

Blessèd Assurance: At Home with the Bomb in Amarillo, Texas

Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived

 

 
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