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Gordon Griffith

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With a blondish wig, a loincloth, and the kind of makeup they used to call "bole-armenia," 11-year-old Gordon Griffith played Elmo Lincoln as a child in Tarzan and the Apes, thus becoming the screen's first Tarzan and the answer to one of those trick trivia questions. Already a veteran performer at the young age of six, Griffith had been one of comedy producer Mack Sennett's Keystone Kids and had played a newsboy in the first slapstick feature, the legendary Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914). He became a star as the preteen King of the Jungle, however, one reviewer describing the youngster as "a youthful actor of uncommon gifts." Huckleberry Finn inevitably followed, with Gordon in the title role, and he was the young Korak, aka The Son of Tarzan, in the 1922 serial. As it was for so many of his predecessors, stardom proved fleeting and he was playing small supporting roles at the advent of sound. Retiring from acting after a couple of cheap serials in the mid-'30s, Griffith instead went behind the camera, functioning variously as a production assistant, assistant director, production manager, producer, and in the case of the European-lensed Alexander the Great (1956), executive producer. His death in 1958 was attributed to a heart attack.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All the Right Noises
  • Terry
1971
No Score Yet Never Wave at a WAC
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Speed Limited
  • G-Man
1940
No Score Yet Outlaws of the Range
  • Grant
1936
No Score Yet Bars of Hate
  • Jim Grant
1936
No Score Yet The Crusades
  • Templar
1935
No Score Yet Danger Ahead
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet What Price Crime
  • Red
1935
No Score Yet Little Annie Rooney
  • Tim Rooney
1925
No Score Yet The Street of Tears
  • Actor
1924
No Score Yet Penrod
  • Sam Williams
1922
No Score Yet The Son of Tarzan
  • Son of Tarzan
1920
No Score Yet Tarzan of the Apes
  • Tarzan as a Child
1918
No Score Yet The Little American
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret
  • Boy
1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love
  • Boy
1914
No Score Yet Kid Auto Races at Venice
  • Boy
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Newsboy
1914

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