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|Lincoln in 1923|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Otto Elmo Linkenhelt
(1889-02-06)February 6, 1889
Rochester, Indiana, U.S.
|Deceased||June 27, 1952(1952-06-27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
|Wife/Husband||Sadie Whited (?–?)
Ida Lee Tanchick (1935–?)
Elmo Lincoln (February 6, 1889 – June 27, 1952) was a film actor of American nationality, active mainly in the silent film era. He worked on 80 films between 1913 and 1952, and was especially known for being the first Tarzan of the cinema, playing the character in 1918 in Tarzan of the Monkeys.
His real name was Otto Elmo Linkenhelt, and he was born in Rochester, Indiana. Former agent of order in Arkansas, he worked as Elmo Linkenhelt in the D.W. Griffith The Battle at Elderbush Gulch in 1913. In a fight scene, his shirt was partially torn off, displaying his powerful chest. Griffith realized that, changed his name to Elmo Lincoln and he worked on several of his films, including The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance, although he did not appear in the credits.
The actor became mostly known in the silent movies for having been the first to play the role of adult Tarzan in 1918, although in the same film, Tarzan of the monkeys, Gordon Griffith will play Tarzan boy. The role of Tarzan, originally, was to be played by Stellan Windrow (later Winslow Wilson), but the actor was called up during the First World War. As filming had already begun, Elmo Lincoln was called to the lead role. He returned to play the role in The Romance of Tarzan (1918) and in the 1921 serial The Adventures of Tarzan.
His last performance in the silent cinema took place with the Rayart Pictures Corporation King of the Jungle serial, in 1927. At the end of it, he left Hollywood and tried to make a living with mining in Mexico.
At the end of the 1930s he returned to the cinema, acting as an extra. Thus, he participated without appearing in the credits, in two Tarzan tapes of the 1940s – as a circus worker in Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942), and as a fisherman in Tarzan’s Magic Fountain (1949).
His last work was also a short paper, without credits, in Carrie (1952), a film starring Laurence Olivier. According to Gabe Essoe’s Tarzan of the Movies, Lincoln was proud of his work on the film, as he was an admirer of Olivier.
Elmo Lincoln died of acute myocardial infarction on June 27, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, at 63 years of age. He was buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
For his contribution to the cinema, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 7042 Hollywood Boulevard.
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