P. Dempsey Tabler

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P. Dempsey Tabler
Born Perce Dempsey Tabler
(1876-11-23)November 23, 1876
Tennessee, USA
Died June 7, 1956(1956-06-07) (aged 79)
San Francisco, California

Perce Dempsey Tabler (November 23, 1876 – June 7, 1956) was a Tennessee-born opera singer,[1] athlete,[2] businessman and actor, remembered for being the third actor to portray Tarzan in films.

His sole outing in the role came in the 1920 movie serial The Son of Tarzan,[3] based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name, which focused on Korak, the son of Tarzan and Jane.

Following The Son of Tarzan, Tabler made only one more film, 1923's Spawn of The Desert.[4] As a businessman, he had been a founding member of Paramount Pictures, and after his short-lived acting career he found his greatest success in advertising in San Francisco.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "GOING APE ... Model Travis Fimmel Is the New Tarzan, but How Does He Shape Up as the King of the Jungle?". The Mail on Sunday. November 23, 2003. Previous incarnations have included...most bizarrely, an opera singer (P Dempsey Tabler in 1920 film The Son of Tarzan). 
  2. ^ Harmon, Jim; Glut, Donald F. (1972). The great movie serials: their sound and fury (Illustrated ed.). Doubleday. p. 122. 
  3. ^ "Many actors have swung through Tarzan role". Chicago Sun-Times. June 25, 1999. Around 1920-21 there was a regular Tarzan gridlock in movieland, with the release of Elmo's "Tarzan's Adventure" as well as "Revenge of Tarzan"...and "Son of Tarzan," featuring the impressively named P. Dempsey Tabler as Tarzan. 
  4. ^ Kenneth White Munden, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 752. ISBN 9780520209695. 


  • Essoe, Gabe, Tarzan of the Movies (Citadel Press, 1968)

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