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This page features a couple of great looking headshots of football hunk Tom Brady, but you will find a lot more photos of him here in his gallery.  Plus a lot of tall male models like 6'4" (1.93m) Sam at left.

Also notable on this page is an actor from old-school Hollywood, you know, black and white movies? Ever heard of those? Lex Barker (1919 – 1973) was a 6'4" American actor best known for playing Tarzan of the Apes and leading characters from Karl May's novels. In February 1941, ten months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Barker left his fledgling acting career and enlisted in the US Army. He rose to the rank of major during the war. He was wounded in action (in the head and leg) fighting in Sicily.

Back in the United States, Barker recuperated at an Arkansas military hospital, then upon his discharge from service, traveled to Los Angeles. Within a short time, he landed a small role in his first film, Doll Face (1945). A string of small roles followed, the best of which was as Emmett Dalton in the Western Return of the Bad Men (1948). Barker soon found the role that would bring him fame. In Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), Barker became the tenth official Tarzan of the movies. His blond, handsome, and intelligent appearance, as well as his athletic, now 6'4" frame, helped make him popular in the role Johnny Weissmuller had made his own for sixteen years.

Barker made only five Tarzan films, but he remains one of the actors best known for the role. His stardom as Tarzan led him to a variety of heroic roles in other films, primarily Westerns, and one interesting (and quite non-heroic) part in a World War II film, Away All Boats (1956). In 1957, as he found it harder to find work in American films, Barker moved to Europe (he spoke French, Italian, Spanish, and some German), where he found popularity and starred in over forty European films, including two movies based on the novels by Italian author Emilio Salgari.  In Italy, he also had a short but compelling role as Anita Ekberg's fiancé in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960). In Germany, he had his greatest success. There he starred in two movies based on the "Doctor Mabuse" stories (formerly filmed by Fritz Lang), in the movies Frauenarzt Dr. Sibelius and Frühstück im Doppelbett, and in 3 movies based on novels by German author Karl May , playing such well-known May characters as Old Shatterhand, Kara Ben Nemsi, and Dr. Sternau.

In 1966, Barker was awarded the "Bambi Award" as "Best Foreign Actor" in Germany, where he was a major, very popular, star. He even recorded a single, in German, with Martin Böttcher, the composer of some of the soundtracks of the Karl May movies: "Ich bin morgen auf dem Weg zu dir" ("I'll be on the way to you tomorrow") and "Mädchen in Samt und Seide" ("Girl in Silk and Velvet"). He returned to the United States occasionally and made a handful of guest appearances on American television episodes. But Europe, and especially Germany, was his professional home for the remainder of his life.

Barker was married five times including to actress Lana Turner.  According to a book by her daughter, Cheryl Crane, Turner ordered Barker out of their home one night at gunpoint after Cheryl, aged 3, accused him of molesting her over a long period of time. Divorce followed quickly, though no charges were filed, and the couple's 1957 divorce record does not allude to the allegation.   It is just as well they divorced as Turner and her daughter would soon be mixed up in the murder of gangster Johnny Stompanato.

Tarzan's Peril French Trailer. Starring Lex Barker, Dorothy Dandridge and Virginia Huston. This was the first Tarzan film to bother to be shot in Africa, Cheetah's role was cut out but appears in the trailer. The film was originally shot in color, but more than half of it was ruined on location because they bothered to go to Africa. It was converted to black and white. Also, it is hilariously dowdy in any language. N'est-ce pas?


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