- Glenn Morris, Tarzan’s Revenge, 1937. Producer Sol Lesser’s 1937 Western, Rawhide, was the sole film made by Gehrig, the baseball great. His astonishing career (with the most consecutive games played: 2,130 – unsurpassed until 1995!), ended due to amyotrophic latertal sclerosis (ALS), now better known in the US as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 40. Gary Cooper played this “luckiest man on the face of the Earth,” in the biopic, The Pride of the Yankees, 1941. Lesser had wanted him to head up his new Tarzan series of films… Until seeing Lou’s legs – “more functional than decorative.” Gary Cooper memorably played Gehrig, “luckiest man on the face of the Earth,” in the biopic, The Pride of the Yankees, 1942. Glenn Morris, the 1936 decathlon gold-medalist, was the fourth Olympian Ape-Man. And the worst. He never made another movie. He became an insurance man, and WWII hero. Lesser kept the faith with Johnny Weissmuller for his next jungle capers until passing the vines to Lex Barker and Gordon Scott.
Usual occupation: Baseball legend – and illness!Birth year: 1903Death year: 1941Other name: Casting Calls: 1