December 1984. Los Angeles, CA. Cheetah, the most famous male chimp in the world, co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan in Tarzan movies. Cheetah starred in many other films until his death, at the age of 80, in December 2011. Cheetah was adopted by trainer Tony Gentry in 1932, when he was only a few months old, in Liberia, Africa. Cheetah in front of his 50th anniversary birthday cake.