In a series of recent interviews, actor Willem Dafoe discussed his role of Tars Tarkas in the forthcoming Disney film of John
Lynn Collins (Dejah Thoris), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), and Willem Dafoe (Tars Tarkas)
in a composite against Frank Frazetta's background painting.
The actor best known for his portrayal of Tarzan won five Olympic gold medals in swimming, and he was an excellent golfer.
He made five holes-in-one and once shot 63 at Lakeside.
He was also a regular at Bel-Air, where he would sometimes run up onto the rocks to the left of the fourth hole and deliver his famous Tarzan roar.
(The creator of Tarzan, author Edgar Rice Burroughs, was also a keen golfer who briefly acquired a course during the Depression— what is now the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif.)
When the 50th year of the Burroughs Bibliophiles arrived, I decided it was time to have a commemorative plaque made. When the Stephen Fossler Company of Crystal Lake, Illinois sent me a serendipitous offer, I jumped at the chance.
The plaque is pictured here, and will remain in the Burroughs Memorial Collection until a permanent home is established for Burroughs Bibliophiles, Inc.
... "Ye Editor"
Note from ERBzine Editor:
On April 22, 1919, ERB's nephew Studley Burroughs
accepted ERB's invitation to visit Tarzana Ranch.
He helped lay out a nine-hole golf course
and even designed a special golf scorecard.
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