William Joseph Lara
October 2, 1962
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Died||May 29, 2021 (aged 58)|
(m. 2018; died 2021)
William Joseph Lara (October 2, 1962 – May 29, 2021) was an American actor, martial artist, and musician, widely known for the role of Tarzan in the American TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures.
Lara played Tarzan in the 1989 TV movie Tarzan in Manhattan and in the 1996-1997 follow-up TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. He also appeared in numerous action films, including Steel Frontier and American Cyborg: Steel Warrior. He stopped acting after 20 years in 2002 to pursue a career in country music. At the peak of his career, Lara appeared in two action films, Armstrong and Warhead.
In 2009, Lara became active in music. He married Christian author and pastor Gwen Shamblin on August 18, 2018. He was also the father of one child with Natasha Pavlovich from their previous relationship. He lived in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Lara was a certificated pilot holding multi-engine commercial and instrument ratings along with a type rating for the Cessna Citation I.
On May 29, 2021, Lara died when a Cessna Citation 501 I/SP registered to JL & GL Productions LP crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna. His wife, her son-in-law, and four members of the Laras' church also died in the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Reports in the immediate aftermath of the accident indicated that Lara's aviation medical certificate had expired in 2019, but Aviation International News and WSMV-TV subsequently found that Lara held a valid medical certificate when the crash occurred. However, it is unclear who was flying the aircraft when it crashed, as another victim was a pilot although he lacked the required type rating to fly the Citation.
|1988||Night Wars||American Soldier|
|1993||American Cyborg: Steel Warrior||Austin|
|1995||Live Wire 2: Human Timebomb||Price|
|1999||Lima: Breaking the Silence||Victor|
|1999||Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault||McKinney|
|2000||Strike Zone||Dunk Stevens||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Very Mean Men||Detective Miller|
|2001||Dead Man's Run||Derek|
|2001||Death Game||Micky Haiden|
|2002||Starfire Mutiny||Sam Talbot||Direct-to-video|
|2018||Summer of '67||Soap Opera Actor|
|1989||Tarzan in Manhattan||Tarzan||Television film|
|1990||Gunsmoke: The Last Apache||Wolf|
|1993||Tropical Heat||Devon Madsen||Episode: "Tess"|
|1993||Baywatch||Frank Randall||Episode: "Tentacles: Part 2"|
|1996–1997||Tarzan: The Epic Adventures||Tarzan||22 episodes|
|1997||Operation Delta Force||Johan Nash||Television film|
|1998||Conan the Adventurer||Kamikon||Episode: "The Cavern"|
|1998||In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross||Self||Television film|
|2000||The Magnificent Seven||Pace McCormick||Episode: "Penance"|
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