Montie Montana

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

He was born in Wolf Point, Montana. He was a perennial participant in the Tournament of Roses Parade until his death in Los Angeles in 1998.[2] TV 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 TV broadcast of You Bet Your Life, along with his horse Rex.[3]

Montana would go to elementary schools and perform with Rex. He was at Camellia Avenue Elementary School in North Hollywood, CA 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.[4] He was buried at the Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.[5]



  1. ^ "Inductees". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  2. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Montie Montana". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Montie Montana, dead at 87". Variety. 1998-05-26. 
  4. ^ Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  5. ^ Montie Montana at Find a Grave

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