biographyBorn on August 15, 1936, in Los Angeles, Mike Henry began his professional career as a football player, not an actor. He first played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and later for the Los Angeles Rams. It was during his stint with the Rams that Henry began dabbling in acting, first making brief appearances in television shows such as Cheyenne with Clint Walker. His first film role came in 1963, with an appearance in Spencer's Mountain. His next part in a film didn't come until 1965, when he was signed by Sy Weintraub to replace Jock Mahoney as Tarzan. Henry's first Tarzan film was released by American International, while his second and third were released by Paramount.
LEFT: Mike Henry in his parents' Pittsburgh home in the mid 1960s. CENTER: Early 1960s photo of Henry during his stint with the Los Angeles Rams. RIGHT: Henry in his most famous role, as Tarzan. You'll find more photos like these in the Mike Henry Gallery
Henry made three Tarzan films, all shot back-to-back between 1965 and 1966: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966), Tarzan and the Great River (1967), and Tarzan and the Jungle Boy (1968). Mike Henry's first and best Tarzan film, Tarzan and the Valley of Gold was shot principally in Mexico City, Mexico. Prominently featured is gorgeous actress Nancy Kovack, who chalked up dozens of film and TV credits during her Hollywood career. The production of Tarzan and the Great River proved to be difficult. While on location in Brazil, a chimp bit Mike Henry on his jaw line, which took twenty stitches to sew up. In addition, Henry became fevered from the bite, delaying filming for nearly two weeks. Although Henry was to star in the Tarzan TV series (the role eventually went to Ron Ely), after completing the grueling filming schedule in 1966 he called it quits and sued Weintraub for endangering his health and welfare during location shooting in Mexico and Brazil.
the films of mike henry
From AIP's Tarzan and the Valley of Gold. LEFT and CENTER: With Nancy Kovack. RIGHT: Henry as Tarzan
Screen captures from Mike Henry's final entry in the Tarzan series, Tarzan and the Jungle Boy, filmed in Brazil. Steve Bond was chosen for the role of Boy; Bond later went on to make other films after he grew up, and he posed for Playgirl magazine in 1982
Inside O.U.T. (1971)
LEFT: From the MGM disaster flick Skyjacked with Ken Swofford and Charlton Heston. RIGHT: With Yvette Mimieux
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)
From the final 'Smokey' film Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 with Jackie Gleason in one of his final roles
mike henry todayHenry's acting career continued to be successful after he left the Tarzan series; he appeared in the 1973 hit Soylent Green with Charlton Heston, and he acted in the entire Smokey and the Bandit series films as Junior, Jackie Gleason's inept son who is spurned by Sally Field on their wedding day. Henry also served as producer and production assistant for several films in the 1970s and 1980s. Henry is now retired from acting.
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The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Third Season [DVD](1974) DVD
All 24 episodes from the third season--including "Big Brother Is Watching," "Ship of Shrinks," "Life Is a Hamburger," "The Way We Weren't," and "The Ceiling Hits Bob"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurette; audio commentary on selected episodes.
M*A*S*H: Season Six [DVD](1977) DVD
All 24 episodes from the sixth season--including "Fade Out, Fade In" (welcoming David Ogden Stiers as Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester), "Fallen Idol," the two-part "Comrades in Arms," "Your Hit Parade," and "Temporary Duty"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono: Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Spencer's Mountain [DVD](1963) DVD
Compassionate drama based on a novel by "Waltons" creator Earl Hamner, Jr. that also served as the basis for that series. Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara are the heads of a struggling Wyoming family who must choose between building a new house and sending their oldest son to college. Donald Crisp, James MacArthur, Mimsy Farmer and Wally Cox also star. 118 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Tarzan And The Valley Of Gold [DVD](1966) DVD
When the infamous criminal Vinaro kidnaps a 10-year-old boy who supposedly knows the location of a lost city of gold, Tarzan (Mike Henry) steps in to rescue the child. Along the way, the jungle king squares off against Vinaro's ruthless henchman and prepares for a showdown with the crook. With David Opatoshu, Manuel Padilla, Jr., Nancy Kovack. 90 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Tarzan And The Great River [DVD](1967) DVD
When one of his friends calls on him to help stop an ancient cult, Tarzan (Mike Henry) packs up his loincloth and heads to Rio de Janeiro. Once there, he discovers that the locals are being terrorized by a vicious native who is leading a group of murderous followers dressed as animals. Will Tarzan be able to stop the diabolical Leopard Men and save the day? With Jan Murray, Manuel Padilla, Jr., Diana Millay 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Tarzan And The Jungle Boy [DVD](1968) DVD
Join Tarzan (Mike Henry) as he attempts to help a beautiful journalist find a boy who has been living in the jungle since his father's plane crashed there years earlier. Working together, the pair must deal with problems caused by an evil native as well as dangerous animals and other obstacles. Can they find the lost youth and lead him to safety? With Rafer Johnson, Alizia Gur, Steve Bond. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
The Green Berets [Blu-ray](1968)
The first major Hollywood production to deal with the Vietnam War, this powerful drama stars John Wayne as a tough Marine colonel who leads a squad of Green Berets on a dangerous mission to capture a Viet Cong general. Accompanied by a journalist who is skeptical about the fighting, the men push their skills to the limit while facing off against the enemy. With David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray. 141 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew, Finnish, Greek, French; featurette; theatrical trailer.
The Green Berets [DVD](1968) DVD
First major Hollywood production to deal with war in Vietnam. John Wayne leads the Special Forces troops against the deadly and determined enemy. Flame throwers, helicopter crashes, jungle tortures and strafing. 135 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English, French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; production notes; scene access; theatrical trailers; documentary.
Greatest Classic Films Collection: War Collection: Battlefront Asia [DVD] DVD
Two-disc set includes "Bataan," "Destination Tokyo," "Back to Bataan," and "The Green Berets."
Rio Lobo [Blu-ray](1970)
Ex-Union officer John Wayne recruits two former Confederate soldiers to help track down the traitor who conspired with the rebels to rob a Union payroll train. Wayne's mission takes him to the town of Rio Lobo where he finds the man he's looking for keeping the local ranchers under his boot. Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum, Victor French co-star in this rousing western tale that was director Howard Hawks' last film. 114 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital stereo Surround, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, German Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish.
Rio Lobo [DVD](1970) DVD
Ex-Union officer John Wayne teams up with two former Confederate soldiers to track down a stolen gold shipment and find themselves in the middle of a town's battle with a crooked sheriff. Jennifer O'Neill, Victor French, Jack Elam and Jorge Rivero co-star in this rousing Western tale that was director Howard Hawks' last film. 103 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Cult Camp Classics, Vol. 3: Terrorized Travelers [DVD] DVD
Co-written by Arthur Hailey, "Zero Hour!" (1957), which was the basis for 1980's "Airplane!," stars Dana Andrews as a former WII fighter pilot traumatized by his combat experiences. While traveling on a routine flight, he is forced to fly the plane when its entire crew is sickened with food poisoning. Can Andrews overcome his demons, repair his broken marriage, and save the lives of his fellow passengers? With Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden. And, "Skyjacked" (1972) is an intense, high-flying drama with Charlton Heston as a pilot on a commercial flight hijacked to Moscow by mysterious passenger James Brolin. At the same time, the plane's crew must take care of a pregnant woman who goes into labor while Heston deals with his relationship with ex-girlfriend and stewardess Yvette Mimieux. With Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, and Susan Dey. Three-disc set also includes "Hot Rods to Hell." 4 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French.
Skyjacked [DVD](1972) DVD
Intense, high-flying drama with Charlton Heston as a pilot on a commercial flight hijacked to Moscow by mysterious passenger James Brolin. At the same time, the plane's crew must take care of a pregnant woman who goes into labor while Heston deals with his relationship with ex-girlfriend and stewardess Yvette Mimieux. With Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain and Susan Dey. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French.
Soylent Green [Blu-ray](1973)
In the year 2022, New York-and the world-is a mess, thanks to overpopulation, pollution and modern-day savagery. The government has a miracle food that will cure all of society's ills, but police detective Charlton Heston is out to learn its shocking secret. Chuck Connors, Leigh Taylor-Young, and Edward G. Robinson (his last film) also star. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailer.
Soylent Green [DVD](1973) DVD
In the year 2022, New York--and the world--is a mess, thanks to overpopulation, pollution and modern-day savagery. The government has a secret that will cure all of society's ills, and Charlton Heston is out to get it! Chuck Connors, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G. Robinson. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese, French.
The Longest Yard [DVD](1974) DVD
Ex-pro quarterback Burt Reynolds, sent to a Florida prison for car theft, is coerced by conniving warden Eddie Albert into organizing an all-con football team to play against the guards' semi-pro squad. The result is a violent and hilarious contest you won't forget. With James Hampton, Michael Conrad. 121 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary by Reynolds; featurettes.
Death Journey (1976)/Mean Johnny Barrows [DVD](1975) DVD
Fred Williamson is one cool cat as detective Jesse Crowder, hired to bring a Mob informer from New York to L.A. in 48 hours. Hit men gunning for the duo turn the trip into a "Death Journey." D'Urville Martin, Bernard Kirby co-star. Next, he's lean, he's tough, he's mean. Williamson is "Mean Johnny Barrows," a macho hero quick with a gun and Hell with his fists. And when he goes up against the Mob, it's anyone's game! Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Elliott Gould co-star. 167 min. total. Soundtrack: English; biographies; photo gallery; trivia.
Sheba, Baby (1975)/Monkey Hustle [DVD](1976) DVD
Chicago investigator Sheba Shayne returns to her old Kentucky home to help her father defend his legitimate loan business from mob sharks, in "Sheba, Baby." Gun-dueling with a .44 Magnum or donning a wetsuit to ambush a crimelord's yacht, Pam Grier as Sheba shows why she's queen of the action stars. With Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin. Next, when their inner-city neighborhood is threatened with demolition due to a freeway project, a pair of streetwise con men team up with local activists to take on City Hall, in the riotous comedy "Monkey Hustle." Yaphet Kotto, Rudy Ray Moore, Rosalind Cash star. 180 min. total. Widescreen/Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Vibe Fox In A Box Featuring Pam Grier [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Coffy," "Foxy Brown," "Sheba, Baby," and bonus materials.
Smokey And The Bandit Pursuit Pack [DVD] DVD
The first film from Hollywood's fastest series stars Burt Reynolds as a scalawag delivering a shipment of contraband beer and Jackie Gleason as the sheriff obsessed with his capture. "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) also stars Sally Field, Jerry Reed. Then, Burt puts the pedal to the metal again in "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980), this time transporting a live elephant while dodging relentless lawman Gleason. Field, Reed, Dom DeLuise also star. Finally, Gleason is hot on the trail of that sly outlaw again, this time played by Reed, in "Smokey and the Bandit III" (1983). 4 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish.
Smokey And The Bandit (Special Edition) [DVD](1977) DVD
The first film from Hollywood's fastest series stars Burt Reynolds as the Trans Am-driving Bandit, who teams with truck-driving pal Jerry Reed to race from Georgia to Texas for a shipment of contraband beer and back in 18 hours. Sally Field is the runaway bride the duo picks up along the way, and Jackie Gleason is sheriff Buford T. Justice. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; CB language glossary.
Smokey And The Bandit II [DVD](1980) DVD
Burt Reynolds puts the pedal to the metal as the Bandit once more. This time he's got to deliver a live elephant to the Republican Convention in Dallas, while trying to dodge the relentless Smokey (Jackie Gleason) and win back girlfriend Sally Field. With Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise, Paul Williams, Pat McCormick. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailer.
Outrageous Fortune [DVD](1987) DVD
Uproarious ``buddyette'' comedy stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler as two struggling actresses involved with the same man. When he skips town under shady circumstances, they team to track him down. George Carlin, Peter Coyote co-star. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Surround, French; trailer.