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George Montgomery
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    (August 29, 1916-December 12, 2000)
    Born in Brady, Montana
    Birth name was George Montgomery Letz
    Appeared in the films ‘The Lone Ranger’ (1938), ‘The Cisco Kid and the Lady’ (1939), ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ (1941), ‘Roxie Hart’ (1942), ‘The Brasher Doubloon’ (1947), ‘Davy Crockett, Indian Scout’ (1950), ‘The Iroquois Trail’ (1950), ‘The Pathfinder’ (1952), ‘Gun Belt’ (1953), ‘Masterson of Kansas’ (1954), ‘Last of the Badmen’ (1957), ‘Watusi’ (1959), ‘Battle of the Bulge’ (1965), ‘Hallucination Generation’ (1967), and ‘Wild Wind’ (1985)
    Portrayed Mayor Matt Rockford in ‘Cimarron City’ (1958-59)
    He dropped out of the University of Montana after one year.
    He used his original name until signing with 20th Century Fox in 1939.
    He married and divorced Dinah Shore.
    After his divorce, his housekeeper became obsessed with him, and plotted to shoot him then kill herself. (She failed at both.)
    He claimed to have turned down the lead roles in Gunsmoke and Wagon Train.
    Before taking up acting, he was a boxer who was trained by former heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries.
    Two days after his arrival in Hollywood, he was hired as a stuntman.
    He joined the US Army Air Forces during World War II.
    He was so talented a woodworker that he turned a hobby making furniture into a full-fledged business.
    He was a self-taught sculptor who crafted more than 50 bronzes; his subjects included Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Custer’s Last Stand.

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