Elmo Lincoln
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Elmo Lincoln
Elmo Lincoln
Elmo Lincoln - Pictures and the Picturegoer, January 1924.jpg
Lincoln in 1923
Born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt
(1889-02-06)February 6, 1889
Rochester, Indiana, U.S.
Died June 27, 1952(1952-06-27) (aged 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1913-1952
Sadie Whited (?-?)
Ida Lee Tanchick (1935-?)

Elmo Lincoln (born Otto Elmo Linkenhelt) (February 6, 1889 - June 27, 1952) was an American film actor.

Tarzan Films

Lincoln is best known in his silent movie role as the first Tarzan in 1918's Tarzan of the Apes as an adult (Gordon Griffith played him as a child in the same movie). He portrayed the character twice more--in The Romance of Tarzan (also 1918) and in the 1921 serial The Adventures of Tarzan.

Following the end of the silent movie era, Elmo left Hollywood and tried his hand at mining. In the late 1930s, he returned to the film industry, most often employed as an extra. He appeared, uncredited, in two Tarzan films in the 1940s--as a circus roustabout in Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942), and as a fisherman repairing his net in Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949).

Final Role

His final work saw him also playing a brief, uncredited role in the 1952 film Carrie, starring Laurence Olivier. According to Tarzan of the Movies, by Gabe Essoe, Lincoln was quite proud of his work in this film, as he was an admirer of Olivier.


Lincoln died of a heart attack on June 27, 1952 at age 63. He is interred in a niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7042 Hollywood Boulevard.


In 2001, his daughter Marci'a Lincoln Rudolph told his story in her book, My Father, Elmo Lincoln: The Original Tarzan (ISBN 1-58690-000-5).

Partial filmography

External links

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