Tarzan actor’s wife and son killed in Santa Barbara County

Ron Ely


The wife of Tarzan actor Ron Ely was allegedly stabbed to death by their son at the couple’s Santa Barbara County home on Tuesday evening, according to deputies.

Responding to reports of a domestic violence incident, deputies found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead from multiple stab wounds. Deputies quickly identified 30-year-old Cameron Ely as a suspect in his mother’s murder.

Deputies found Cameron Ely outside the home, and shot and killed him because he “posed a threat,” according to the sheriff’s department.

The 81 year old actor was not harmed during the altercation. Ron Ely was best know for portraying Tarzan in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan.

In 1981, Valerie Lundeen was crowned Miss Florida USA. Three years later, she married Ron Ely. The couple had three children: Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron.