The unfolding Hollywood tragedy of ’60s Tarzan actor Ron Ely (above) gets more bizarre by the minute.
It was his son, Cameron Ely, who called 911 and claimed it was his father who attacked – and killed – Valerie Lundeen, 62, at their Santa Barbara home.
via Page Six:
“They say the father tried to attack the mother,” a female dispatcher is heard telling deputies.
“Someone defended someone and then they hung up. The male was out of breath, unintelligible and crying.”
When the dispatcher called back, it was answered by an elderly man with a “heavy speech impediment” — with the first deputy to arrive at the scene saying that the actor “can’t even talk” because of apparent disabilities, according to the recordings.
That would be Ron, who was not hurt but was later taken to a local hospital as a precaution, officials said.
Valerie died from “multiple stab wounds” inflicted upon her by her son.
Ely told officers that his son had driven off after the murder. The police finally cornering the 30-year-old almost 90 minutes after the first alert.
“The suspect was located outside the home. He posed a threat and in response four deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him,” a spokesperson for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office told The Post.
Autopsies of both the wife and son are pending, officials said.
Ron Ely is best known for having portrayed Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan. He’s also known for The Aquanauts TV series (1960-61) and for playing the lead role in the film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975).] He hosted the Miss America pageant in 1981 and 1982.