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Elmo Lincoln

  • Highest Rated: 98% The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Lowest Rated: 71% A Double Life (1947)
  • Birthday: Feb 6, 1889
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The screen's first Tarzan, Elmo Lincoln might never have landed the role had it not been for WWI. An enormous man (6'1", 230 pounds) who'd worked as an Arkansas law officer before entering films as a bit player, Lincoln was selected on the basis of his physique by D.W. Griffith to play blacksmith White Arm Joe in Birth of a Nation (1915) and the Mighty Man of Valor in Intolerance (1916). He might have continued playing supporting roles indefinitely had not actor Winslow Wilson dropped out of the 1918 production Tarzan of the Apes to fight on the battlefields of France. Rushed into the role of Tarzan, Lincoln gave an impressively virile performance, even though his acting skills left a great deal to be desired. He went on to play Tarzan in two subsequent films and starred in several action-oriented feature films and serials (his credits are sometimes confused with those of actor E.K. Lincoln). He retired from films in 1926 to operate a moderately successful salvage business in Salt Lake City. Returning to Hollywood in 1939, he played bit parts in a number of features, including a brace of Tarzan pictures. At the time of his death, Elmo Lincoln was still active in films, playing tiny roles in Columbia's Charles Starrett Westerns for 55 dollars a day.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Tarzan's Magic Fountain A Fisherman 1949
No Score Yet Tap Roots Sergeant 1948
71% A Double Life Detective 1947
No Score Yet The Man Who Walked Alone Turnkey 1945
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell Actor 1944
83% Tarzan's New York Adventure Roustabout 1942
No Score Yet The Real Glory US Army Captain 1939
No Score Yet Wyoming Outlaw US Marshal 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Card Player 1939
No Score Yet Blue Montana Skies Actor 1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset Burns 1939
No Score Yet Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan 1918
No Score Yet Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp Magic Genie 1917
97% Intolerance The Mighty Man of Valor 1916
No Score Yet Gretchen, the Greenhorn Ship Captain 1916
No Score Yet Hoodoo Ann Officer Lambert 1916
98% The Birth of a Nation Blacksmith 1915

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