|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
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.