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Friday, April 30, 2010



Montie Montana - Beloved Valley Cowboy Star - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010

Among the major celebrities who have lived and worked in the San Fernando Valley was Owen Harlen Mickel, better known as America's beloved Montie Montana. From his ranch home in Northridge, Montie worked at the world famous Republic Studios in Studio City and many other film studios in the Valley and Los Angeles.

Montie Montana was born on the 21st of June 1910, appropriately in Montana. He died on the 15th of December 2009 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Chatsworth. Montana's amazing riding and roping skills not only won him many roles in film but also caused him to be elected to the Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Always willing to lend his name and presence to Northridge charity events, Montie Montana is perhaps best known for his surprise, with the new president's permission, of roping Dwight D. Eisenhower during the inaugural parade.


Gerald R. Fecht said...

Gayle Hutchins comments:
"He came to my elementary school --Kentwood Elementary in Westchester, in 1957 or 1958. I remember his wonderful roping tricks and his fantastic horse! Always wanted a horse and now I have one! I think of Montie from time to time! Remember him in many Rose Parades too! Gale ;-)"

Gerald R. Fecht said...

Marty Cooper says:
"Montie came to my elementary school, too...and I was lucky enough to be one of those he roped. Years later, when I was in charge of PR for the Pasadena Rose Parade, and he rode in it, I told him what a childhood thrill he had given me...and he couldn't have been more gracious."

Anonymous said...

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.......................................................

Robert Havlicek said...

Appearance at Winnetka Avenue Elementary, Roscoe & Winnetka between 1956 & 1960. I received a signed autograph on an image of him seated upon a reared horse with fully extended lasso overhead.