George Montgomery, the youngest of 15 children, was born on August 27, 1916, and spent his formative years on a Montana homestead south of the Canadian border, not far from the areas where Charles Russell painted so vividly. During this period, his most remembered role was as 'Jim Clark', one of the five Rangers in the 1938 cliffhanger, THE LONE RANGER. See more ideas about george, actors, montgomery. As an adult, he began building furniture, first for himself and then for a few friends. Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz, the youngest of fifteen children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana. Directed by Ray Nazarro. It's 1874 and the Texas Rangers have been reorganized. They divorced in 1963. When his brother, Matt Ringo (John Dehner), escapes from prison and frames him for a bank robbery, Billy is forced back into a life on the run. It’s in color. He was active in school athletics and majored in interior design, but he left after one year. Instead of stealing gold bars, the outlaws are stealing high grade ore, having it smelted, and then having it plated to look like lead. In 1943, Montgomery's career was put on hold, when he joined the Army Air Corps. [5], At Republic Pictures, his cowboy skills gained him stunt work and a small acting part at the age of 18 in a 1935 Gene Autry film, The Singing Vagabond. He moved to California where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. In Texas, drifter Cruze becomes the marshal of the town of Marlpine but he must face the murderous Moran brothers alone when the scared town refuses to back him up. (1956), a war movie shot in the Philippines; Canyon River (1956); Pawnee (1957); Black Patch (1957); Gun Duel in Durango (1957) for Small; Street of Sinners (1957) a rare non-Western; Last of the Badmen (1957); Man from God's Country (1958); The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958); and Badman's Country (1958) as Pat Garrett. This last award was recently presented by George to the Queen of the West, Dale Evans Rogers, who's first film role was with George in ORCHESTRA WIVES. has announced a set of four middle-budget United Artists Westerns from the 50s β€” coming May 14 for around $10. He established a cabinet shop and worked with as many as 20 carpenters and cabinetmakers for nearly 40 years. It was in late 1939, around the time that he exited Republic and signed with 20th Century Fox, that George Letz became George Montgomery. During Montgomery's first year at the University of Montana, he left his architecture studies and moved to Hollywood. The Lone Gun (1954) was directed by Ray Nazarro and stars George Montgomery, Dorothy Malone, Frank Faylen, Neville Brand, Skip Homeier and Robert J. Wilke. They call it Movies 4 You: Western Classics.. Aug 9, 2019 - Explore Classic Movie Hub's board "George Montgomery", followed by 14051 people on Pinterest. Fox then starred him in some B Westerns: Last of the Duanes (1941), Riders of the Purple Sage (1941), and The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941). For Sam Katzman, he made The Pathfinder (1952), Fort Ti (1952), Jack McCall, Desperado (1953), The Battle of Rogue River (1954), and Seminole Uprising (1955).[13][14]. He followed it with King of the Wild Stallions (1959). [27] He is also honored with a statue in the square of Plentywood, Montana. [3][4], Montgomery was more interested in a career in film than in a college education. Directed by William F. Claxton. [15] Cimarron City ran one season. That same year, he married singer/actress, Dinah Shore. 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