Manuel Padilla Jr.

Manuel Padilla Jr. (May 13, 1955 – January 29, 2008) was an American child actor who got into films at age 8. He is best remembered for playing Jai on Ron Ely's Tarzan television series of the mid to late 1960s. He also co-starred with Mike Henry in two mid-1960's "Tarzan" feature films. As a young adult, he appeared in American Graffiti (1973) as well as its 1979 sequel. He also appeared in episodes of Rawhide, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Happy Days and The Flying Nun. His last role was a small part in Brian De Palma's 1983 film Scarface.

Manuel Padilla Jr.
Manuel Padilla Jr.

(1955-05-13)May 13, 1955
DiedJanuary 29, 2008(2008-01-29) (aged 52)
Years active1963–1983

Manuel Padilla Jr. died from colon cancer on January 29, 2008 at age 52. At the time of his death, he told people he had almost no assets whatsoever.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1963 Dime with a Halo Rafael
1963 The Young and The Brave Han
1963 4 for Texas Boy with Pea Shooter Uncredited
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods Orphan Boy Uncredited
1965 Sylvia Pancho Uncredited
1965 Taffy and the Jungle Hunter Beau
1965 Black Spurs Manuel Reese
1966 Tarzan and the Valley of Gold Ramel
1967 Tarzan and the Great River Pepe
1970 A Man Called Horse Leaping Buck
1970 The Great White Hope Paco
1973 American Graffiti Carlos
1979 More American Graffiti
1983 Scarface Kid #2 (final film role)

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