Best known for playing Tarzan in movies, Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic Gold Medals and one Bronze. Weissmuller won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records in the pool. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character's distinctive, Tarzan yell is still often used in films.