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’.
‘Tarzan’ Star Ron Ely’s Wife Found Dead At 62, Murder Suspect Killed In Shootout At Actor’s Home. Valerie Lundeen, a former Miss Florida, was murdered at the couple’s home. #News https://t.co/VaR8YhpFMX
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Valerie Lundeen Married
Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and have three children together.
The deputies identified the couple’s son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, as the suspect who stabbed Valerie Lundeen Ely multiple times. https://t.co/NiRLbqfbYZ
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) October 17, 2019
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
#RonEly: #Tarzan star’s wife stabbed to death by their son at their #California home on Tuesday evening, say police. Officers called to the #SantaBarbara house found Valerie Lundeen #Ely, 62, dead with “multiple stab wounds”.https://t.co/1z7q2qf7G3
— OriginalBADYOGAKITTYⓋ (@minamaya13) October 17, 2019
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
Sad story out of Santa Barbara today where police say actor Ron Ely’s 62-year-old wife Valerie Lundeen Ely was stabbed to death by their son Cameron Ely. The 30-year-old was later shot and killed in confrontation with police. pic.twitter.com/t1mEghkSoi
— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) October 16, 2019
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.
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JUST IN: SB CO Sheriff’s Department confirms 62-year-old Valerie Lundeen Ely, wife of ‘Tarzan’ actor, Ron Ely, was stabbed to death by the couple’s 30-year-old son, Cameron, inside the family’s Hope Ranch home.https://t.co/7xW4xKRSG5
— Beth Farnsworth Ward (@KEYTNC3Beth) October 16, 2019
- 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