So who is the most famous person to ever come out of Montana. Right away I think of one guy, Evel Knievel. The greatest daredevil of all time, right?
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American stunt person Evel Knievel (1938 - 2007) is helped to his feet after crashing during his attempt to jump thirteen buses inside Wembley Stadium, London, 26th May 1975. (Photo by Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
But as I was reading the other day I noticed another big name, and another big name, and another. Here's one that should be at the top of the list, actor Gary Cooper. He was nominated for five academy awards and won one. He was born in Helena.
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Portrait of American actor Gary Cooper (1901 - 1961), dressed in a cowboy hat and a short-sleeved shirt, 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
When you think of Montana you also have to think of Phil Jackson. He won 11 NBA titles. Ten as a coach. He's from Deer Lodge.
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PHOENIX - MAY 29: Head coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play in the first quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at US Airways Center on May 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
How about actor Dana Carvey. He's from Missoula. Famous for Saturday Night Live.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Comedian Dana Carvey arrives to The Heart Foundation Gala at Hollywood Palladium on May 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
I am a big Pearl Jam fan and the bassist for the hall of fame rock group is from Havre and Big Sandy, Jeff Ament.
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: 2017 Inductee Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam speaks onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Actress Myrna Loy was born in Helena. She starred in many Hollywood movies. She died in 1993 and is buried in Helena.
circa 1934: Myrna Loy (1905 - 1993), the Hollywood film actress, usually cast as an exotic vamp. In 1936, the height of her career she was declared 'Queen of the Movies'. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
How could we not put Jerry Kramer on the list. He was from Jordan, Montana. He was an offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and is in the hall of fame.
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GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15: Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer and former Green Bay Packer looks on the NFC Divisional playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Actor Patrick Duffy was from Townsend. He was probably most famous for that great TV show, Dallas.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 18: Presenter Patrick Duffy speaks onstage during The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Second Annual Critics' Choice Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice)
TV news anchor for NBC. The show was the Huntley-Brinkley report. That's chet n the left. He is from Whitehall.
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Promotional still of Chet Huntley (left) (1911 - 1974) and David Brinkley (1920 - 2003) for their nightly news show on ABC, 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This list would not be complete without adding Jeannette Rankin the first woman to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. She was from the Missoula area.
American politician and peace activist Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973), circa 1918. She was was the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
There are others like Robbie Knievel, singer-comedian Reggie Watts, Jesse Ferguson from the hit TV series Modern Family.
Martha Raye, Jeff Kober and Nicolette Larson are also from Montana. I know I missed a few but this is a pretty good start. Montana should be proud.