November 3, 1961 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Lee Montgomery (born Lee Harcourt Montgomery, November 3, 1961) was a child actor in the 1970s, best known for his role as a lonely little boy who befriends a pack of killer rats in the film, Ben (1972).
Brother of actresses Belinda Montgomery and Tannis G. Montgomery, Montgomery began his career as a model before venturing into the acting business. He made his debut in the Disney film The Million Dollar Duck 1971, before landing a starring role in Ben (1972), the sequel to Willard (1971). He made appearances on television series such as Mod Squad, Columbo, Kojak, Adam-12, Emergency!, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He also acted in an infamous incest-themed film by George C. Scott called The Savage is Loose, and in a cult horror film with Oliver Reed, Karen Black, and Bette Davis called Burnt Offerings.
In the 1980s, he made more cameo appearances such as CHiPs, Family Ties and Dallas, and he made a transition to adult roles in films such as Split Image (1982) with Peter Fonda, Night Shadows (1984) with Wings Hauser, and Into the Fire (1988) co-starring Susan Anspach. One of his best known later roles was his portrayal of Jeff Malene in the teen comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, and Shannen Doherty.
Montgomery also did an after-school special called Hear Me Cry (1984) (TV) with Robert MacNaughton of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The story revolves around two students with nothing in common beyond a mutual suicide fantasy.
Since more or less of dropping out of the limelight, Montgomery pursued his other interests, such as music related projects, where he composed the soundtrack for the film Trigon: The Legend of Pelgidium (2000).
- 1988: Into the Fire (1988 film) .... Wade Burnett
- 1985: The Midnight Hour (TV movie) .... Phil Grenville
- 1985: Prime Risk .... Michael Fox
- 1985: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (film) .... Jeff Malene
- 1984: Mutant .... Mike Cameron
- 1983: Happy Endings (TV movie) .... Jimmy Bartlett
- 1983: Hotel (TV) .... Eric Stevens
- 1982: Split Image .... Walter
- 1978: True Grit: A Further Adventure (TV movie) .... Daniel Sumner
- 1977: Dead of Night (TV movie) .... Bobby
- 1976: Baker's Hawk .... Billy Baker
- 1976: Burnt Offerings .... David 'Davey' Rolf
- 1975: Man on the Outside (TV movie) .... Mark Griffin
- 1974: The Savage Is Loose .... Young David
- 1974: Doctor Dan (TV movie) .... Jimmy Wallace
- 1974: A Cry in the Wilderness (TV movie) .... Gus Hadley
- 1974: Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (TV movie) .... Steve Spelberg
- 1973: Runaway! (TV movie) .... Mark Shedd
- 1973: Female Artillery (TV movie) .... Brian Townsend
- 1972: Pete 'n' Tillie .... Robbie
- 1972: Ben .... Danny Garrison
- 1971: The Harness (TV movie) .... Tor Shagaras
- 1971: The Million Dollar Duck .... Jimmy Dooley
1974: Adam 12, 'camp'