Valerie Lundeen Bio
Valerie Lundeen was best known as the wife of Ron Ely. Tarzan actor wife was killed at their Santa Barbara home on Tuesday and the murder suspect shot dead by police who were called to reports of a ‘family disturbance’.
Looking like the victim in the Ron Ely case was his wife, Miss Florida USA 1981 Valerie Lundeen, that Ely was the witness who pointed police to the killer, and that the killer may have been a relative. https://t.co/Rcka2GUeLA
— Boy Culture Blog (@mattrett) October 16, 2019
Valerie Lundeen Married
Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and have three children together.
Valerie Lundeen Stabbed to Death
Former Miss Florida Valerie Lundeen was found stabbed to death at the couple’s exclusive Hope Ranch property, according to sources. Actor Ely, 81, has been reported as safe by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department.
The woman who was murdered is believed to be Ely’s wife since 1984, former Miss Florida Valerie Lundeen, although police have not confirmed the identity of the victim. Together they have three children, Kirsten, Kaitland, and Cameron. Ely, 81, is believed to be safe and recovering at a local hospital.
Who is Tarzan actor Ron Ely
Ely played a range of television roles in the 1960s but was best known for “Tarzan,” which aired from 1966 to 1968. He also had recurring or guest roles in notable shows such as “The Love Boat,” “Wonder Woman,” and a revival of “Sea Hunt” in the 1980s. He hosted the Miss America pageant in 1980 and 1981 before retiring from acting in 2001.
He also played the title role in 1975 movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.
He retired from acting in 2001 but did return for a part in a TV movie called Expecting Amish in 2014.
Suspect Killer Shot Dead by Police
Deputies responded to the 4100 block of Mariposa Drive Tuesday after 8:00 p.m. for a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival they discovered a woman’s body inside the residence.
Police found the suspect hiding during a search of the home.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies have shot and killed a suspect believed to have killed a Hope Ranch woman in the home of former “Tarzan’ actor Ron Ely Tuesday evening.
The suspect’s identity has yet to be released and it is not yet known how the suspect is connected to the residents.
Wife of Tarzan actor Ron Ely,81,is killed at their Santa Barbara home and the murder suspect shot dead by police who were called to a ‘family disturbance’.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Former Miss Florida, Valerie Lundeen, was killed on Tuesday, sources say
- Ron Ely, 81, has been reported as safe by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department
- It is not known if Ely was home at the time of the shooting, but authorities reported a disabled elderly man at the property
- Authorities are yet to confirm a connection between Ely, Valerie and the suspect
- The actor is best known for playing the lead role in the 1966 Tarzan TV series