Ron Ely (born June 21, 1938) is an American Retired Actor and Novelist from Hereford, Texas. He is famous for portraying the role of Tarzan in the TV show of the same name back in 1966.
The actor made his silver screen debut with a small part as an airplane navigator in the movie titled “South Pacific” in 1958. Later, he starred films like The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958) and The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1959).
Furthermore, Ron got the opportunity to play the lead part in the 1975 film “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”. Ely also acted in the hit series called “The Aquanauts” as Mike Madison in 1961.
Some of his other popular works are in The Night of the Grizzly, Slavers, Sheena, Renegade, etc. From 1980 to 1981, he even hosted Miss America Pageants and replaced Bert Parks.
Married Life, Spouse & Kids
The 81-years-old retired actor wedded two times in his life. During his high school days, he remained in the relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Cathy. Later, the couple tied the knot with each other in 1959.
Later, Ron and Cathy moved to Los Angeles, California in order to work in the entertainment industry. In one of his interviews, the actor revealed that his ex-wife was not ready to live in Los Angeles.
Then, in 1961, they ended their marriage and took divorce. For many years, Ely stayed single and concentrated on his career. Ron married his second spouse “Valerie Lundeen” in 1984 after dating each other for a while.
They welcomed three children i.e. two daughters Kirsten & Kaitland Ely and a son Cameron Ely. Unfortunately, on October 15, 2019, Cameron killed his mother by stabbing her to death.
Then, the same night Cameron Ely shot dead around 9:40 p.m by Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies. Ron Ely and the other members of the family have not released any official statement as of now.
|Real Full Birth Name||Ronald Pierce Ely.|
|Profession||Actor and Novelist.|
|Famous for||his role as Tarzan in the TV series of the same name.|
|Age (As of 2019)||81 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||June 21, 1938.|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Hereford, Texas, United States.|
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Ethnicity||White Caucasian Descent.|
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)||Cancer.|
|House In||Santa Barbara, California, USA.|
|Social Media Account Stats||Instagram: NA.
|Debut||Film: South Pacific (1958, as Navigator).
TV Show: The Aquanauts (1961, as Mike Madison)
|List of Movies/TV Shows||1. Cry of the Black Wolves.
3. 100 Fäuste und ein Vaterunser.
4. Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
9. The Aquanauts.
11. The Night of the Grizzly.
12. South Pacific.
13. Sea Hunt.
14. The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.
15. The Fiend Who Walked the West.
16. Fantasy Island.
17. Wonder Woman.
18. Expecting Amish.
|Other Appearances||1. musical game show named Face the Music.
2. Miss America Pageants as a host in 1980 and 1981.
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 6' 4".
Centimeters: 194 cm.
Meters: 1.94 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 88 Kg.
Pounds: 194 lbs.
|Body Measurements (Chest-waist-hips)||46-34-37.|
|Shoe Size (UK)||9.|
|Parents||Father: Name not available.
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Dating History?||had an affair with his longtime girlfriend, Cathy Ely.|
|Wife/Spouse Name||1. Cathy Ely (m. 1959 - div. 1961).
2. Valerie Lundeen (m. 1984 - till her death on October 15, 2019)
|Daughter||Kirsten and Kaitland Ely.|
|Highest Qualification||High School Graduate.|
|School||Local High School.|
|Alma Mater.||Not available.|
|Hobbies & Favorite Things|
|Favorite Celebrities||Actor: Robert De Niro.
Actress: Meryl Streep.
|Dream Holiday Destination||Australia.|
|Favorite Color||White and Blue.|
|Love to do||Reading.|
|Favorite Food||Italian Cuisine.|
|Net worth (approx.)||$5-7 million US dollars (As of 2019).|
|Salary, Income & Earnings||--|
Some Lesser Known Facts about Ron Ely
- The actor Ronald Pierce Ely was born on the 21st of June 1938 in Hereford, Texas, United States.
- In 2019, he celebrated his 81st birthday.
- He never mentioned anything about his father, mother, education, and siblings on the internet.
- As a novelist, Ely made his debut with a book titled “Night Shadows” in 1994.
- In the coming year, he published the book “East Beach”.
- The actor also worked in five episodes of the series Fantasy Island in 1978.
- During the filming of Tarzan, he suffered two dozen major injuries such as two broken shoulders and various lion bites as he did all his stunts by himself.
- Ronald guest-appeared in various projects like Wonder Woman, Superman, Superboy, Expecting Amish, MitGift, etc.
- As of body measurements, Ron Ely’s height is 6 ft 4 in (1.94 m tall).
- His body was athletic when he was young. His present weight is around 88 Kg (194 lbs) and eats healthy food & does moderate exercise.