Famous People From Montana

Montana is a state which is positioned in the Western region of the United States of America. It is referred to as ‘Big Sky Country’ and ‘The Treasure State’, although both of these names are not official names. Although it is 4th largest in size among the U.S. states, it is only 44th in population. With Helena as its capital and Billings as its largest city, Montana is a tourist destination to millions of travelers every year particularly its Glacier National Park, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Yellowstone National Park. Numerous famous celebrities were born and brought up in the state of Montana. From upcoming actors to directors to musicians, Montana is home to individuals of diverse talents. From the animator and director Brad Bird to the popular daredevil Evel Knievel, many famous individuals were born in Montana. Actors such as Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Michelle Williams, Dana Carvery and so many more actors hail from Montana. The state has produced various legendary directors such as David Lynch and Brad Bird as well. Keep reading this list to know more celebrated personalities who are from Montana.
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David Lynch
(Director Known for His Academy Award Nominated Films: ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘The Elephant Man' and 'Mulholland Drive')
David Lynch
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Birthdate: January 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius

American filmmaker David Lynch is widely regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished directors of the modern era. Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire are some of his acclaimed films. He was given an honorary Oscar in 2019. He is also a painter and a musician.

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Gary Cooper
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Gary Cooper
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Birthdate: May 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 13, 1961

Gary Cooper was one of the most popular and versatile American actors of all time. Known for his understated acting style, Cooper won the adulation of critics, fans, and fellow movie stars. A major movie star throughout the golden age of cinema, Cooper was ranked 11th on the 25 greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema list published by AFI.

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Margaret Qualley
(Actress and Model)
Margaret Qualley
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Birthdate: October 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Daughter of actor Andie MacDowell, Margaret Qualley is best known as Jill Garvey from The Leftovers and as Pussycat from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performance in Fosse/Verdon. A trained ballerina, she started modeling at 16 and has also worked with Chanel and Valentino.
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Michelle Williams
(Best Known for Her Films: 'Brokeback Mountain', 'Blue Valentine' and 'My Week with Marilyn')
Michelle Williams
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Birthdate: September 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Michelle Williams is best known for her Academy Award-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain. She also won a Golden Globe for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn and a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role in Fosse/Verdon. She had initially gained fame with the series Dawson's Creek.
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Evel Knievel
(American Stunt Performer Known for His Motorcycle Kumps)
Evel Knievel
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Birthdate: October 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 30, 2007

Evel Knievel was an entertainer and stunt performer. He attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in his career, a feat that gained him much popularity. In 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was known to be a man of values and actively preached anti-drug messages to youngsters. He also campaigned for motorcycle helmet safety. 

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Phil Jackson
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played As a 'Power Forward')
Phil Jackson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

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Dana Carvey
(Best Known for His Work as a Cast Member on TV Show 'Saturday Night Live')
Dana Carvey
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Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini

Comedian Dana Carvey initially gained fame with his Emmy-winning stint on Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in films such as Tough Guys and Opportunity Knocks. He was seen as Garth Algar in Wayne’s World and its sequel, and also voiced Dana in Hotel Transylvania 2.

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson
(Actor, Television actor)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
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Birthdate: October 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
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Patrick Duffy
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Birthdate: March 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces

Patrick Duffy is an American actor known for contributing immensely to the success of the popular TV soap opera Dallas where he portrayed the role of Bobby Ewing. Predominantly a TV actor, Duffy became a household name in the USA during the 1970s. A longtime member of Soka Gakkai International, Duffy is credited with popularizing Nichiren Buddhism in the USA.

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Tera Patrick
(American Former Pornographic Actress and Model)
Tera Patrick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo

Model and adult-film actor Tera Patrick is best known for her appearances in Playboy and Penthouse. She established a talent agency and has also appeared in a photo series for Time magazine. She has also been inducted into the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame, and has co-written a memoir.

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Myrna Loy
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film 'The Thin Man')
Myrna Loy
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Birthdate: August 2, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 14, 1993

Myrna Loy was an American actress best remembered for playing femme fatale roles. Loy was able to break her stereotypical femme fatale on-screen image by playing Nora Charles in the 1934 comedy-mystery film The Thin Man. Although she never received an Academy Award nomination, Myrna Loy was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1991 for her contribution to cinema.

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Jeannette Rankin
(Feminist Politician & the First Woman to be Part of the US Congress and Only from Montana)
Jeannette Rankin
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 11, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 18, 1973

Jeannette Rankin scripted history as the first female member of the US Congress. A feminist, she was also associated with the women’s suffrage movement. Earlier, the Republican worked as a dressmaker, a furniture designer, and a teacher. She was the only legislator to vote against war after the Pearl Harbor incident.

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Dirk Benedict
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Birthdate: March 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Sean O'Malley
(American Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Sean O'Malley
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Brad Bird
(Film Director Best Known for his films 'The Incredibles' franchise and 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol')
Brad Bird
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Birthdate: August 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo

Brad Bird is an American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Mentored by Milt Kahl, Bird developed a love for animation at an early age. He then went on to work at Pixar and developed films like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, winning Academy Awards for both. He also holds the record for the most number of Annie Award wins. 

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Kroy Biermann
(American Former Football Outside Linebacker)
Kroy Biermann
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Former NFL defensive end and outside linebacker Kroy Biermann had a 7-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons and then played briefly for the Buffalo Bills. He is married to Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta fame and has appeared on the reality show Don't Be Tardy with her. 
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Adam Morrison
(Basketball Player)
Adam Morrison
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Edward Burns
(Actor)
Edward Burns
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Birthdate: September 21, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 4, 1954
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Philip Winchester
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Birthdate: March 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Joe Medicine Crow
(Native American Writer, Historian and War Chief of the Crow Nation)
Joe Medicine Crow
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 3, 2016

The last Crow war chief, Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow was part of the Whistling Water clan of Native Americans. The legendary indigenous hero was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A published historian, too, he is remembered for his research on the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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Barbara Ehrenreich
(Writer & Activist)
Barbara Ehrenreich
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Birthdate: August 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Daniella Deutscher
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Birthdate: October 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
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Steve Reeves
(American Professional Bodybuilder and Actor)
Steve Reeves
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Birthdate: January 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 1, 2000
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Rachel Dolezal
(Controversial Activist Known for Presenting Herself as a Black Woman Despite Having Been Born to White Parents)
Rachel Dolezal
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio

While she claimed she was a transracial Black woman, former NAACP branch president Rachel Dolezal was revealed to be a white woman passing off as Black when her parents spoke to the media. Following the mass protests after the revelation, she was fired from Eastern Washington University, her workplace.

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Martha Raye
(Actress)
Martha Raye
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Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 19, 1994
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Jess Lockwood
(American Professional Rodeo Cowboy Who Specialises in Bull Riding)
Jess Lockwood
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Jeff Kober
(Actor)
Jeff Kober
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Birthdate: December 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Bobby Petrino
(American football coach)
Bobby Petrino
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Jim McElwain
(American Football Player, who is currently the Head Coach at Central Michigan University)
Jim McElwain
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Dave Johnson
(Former Olympic Decathlete)
Dave Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
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Ryan Zinke
(Politician)
Ryan Zinke
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Constance Towers
(Actress)
Constance Towers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jeff Ament
(Musician)
Jeff Ament
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Keith Jardine
(American Actor and Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Keith Jardine
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Keith Jardine is an American actor and former mixed martial artist. Renowned for his unorthodox attacking style, Jardine took part in promotions like Strikeforce and the UFC. While competing in the UFC, Jardine won two Fight of the Night awards and one Knockout of the Night award. After retiring as a martial artist, Jardine has established himself as an actor.

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Steve Bullock
(Politician)
Steve Bullock
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
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Nicolette Larson
(Best known for her work in the late 1970s)
Nicolette Larson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 16, 1997
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Mike Lee
(Politician)
Mike Lee
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Bud Luckey
(Animator)
Bud Luckey
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 24, 2018
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Jon Tester
(Politician)
Jon Tester
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
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Mike Lee
(American Professional Rodeo Cowboy)
Mike Lee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Isaac Brock
(Singer)
Isaac Brock
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jerry Kramer
(American football player)
Jerry Kramer
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Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Tommy Moe
(American Former Alpine Ski Racer)
Tommy Moe
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Max Baucus
(Politician)
Max Baucus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Wally Kurth
3
Birthdate: July 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Timothy DeLaGhetto
(YouTuber, Rapper)
Timothy DeLaGhetto
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: March 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Jaymee Sire
(Television Host, Sportscaster, Blogger)
Jaymee Sire
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Birthdate: August 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Bruce Hart
(Wrestler)
Bruce Hart
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jack Horner
(Paleontologist)
Jack Horner
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini

One of the world’s best-known paleontologists, Jack Horner is known for discovering the duck-billed dinosaur genus named Maiasaura. The Romer-Simpson Medal winner had unearthed his first dinosaur fossil at age 8. He has also been a technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies and had a cameo in Jurassic World.

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Brent Weeks
(Writer)
Brent Weeks
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces