Montie Montana

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Lobby card for The Circle of Death (1935) with Tove Linden and Montie Montana

Montie Montana (born Owen Harlen Mickel; June 21, 1910 – May 20, 1998),[1] was a rodeo trick rider and trick roper, actor, stuntman and cowboy inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994.[2]


Montana was born in Wolf Point, Montana, in 1910. He was a perennial participant in the Tournament of Roses Parade until his death in Los Angeles, California, in 1998.[3] Television viewers know him from more than 60 appearances, waving to the crowd from his silver saddle. He can be seen as a contestant on the May 7, 1959 television broadcast of You Bet Your Life, along with his horse Rex.[4]

Montana would go to elementary schools and perform with Rex. He was at Camellia Avenue Elementary School in North Hollywood, California, in 1959, and he would talk about the rubber horseshoes Rex would be fitted with so Rex would not slip on the asphalt playground while Montie was riding Rex. He performed rope tricks on and off of Rex, and would pass out photos of him and Rex to the students at the end of his show.

In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[5] He was buried at the Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.[6]

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  1. ^ "Inductees". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 30 January 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Montie Montana - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Montie Montana". Great Falls Tribune. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Montie Montana, dead at 87". 26 May 1998. 
  5. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  6. ^ Montie Montana at Find a Grave
  7. ^ "Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Montie Montana". Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Montie Montana | Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame". Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "2015 Inductee Biographies - Montie Montana". Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 

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