5 Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From Montana Ted Rivers

Montana may not be Hollywood, but it has produced its fair share of celebrities. From actors and actresses to singers and athletes, there are many famous people who hail from Montana.

Here are five celebrities you probably didn’t know were from Montana.

Michelle Williams


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Michelle Williams is an American actress and singer. She was born on September 9, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana. Williams began her career as a child actress, appearing in various television shows and films before finding recognition for her role on the popular teen drama series Dawson’s Creek.

After Dawson’s Creek, Williams starred in several independent films, including Me Without You and Prozac Nation. She subsequently received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Alma in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain, for which she received Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Throughout her career, Williams has continued to take on a variety of roles in independent and mainstream films. Some of her notable films are I’m Not There, Wendy and Lucy, Blue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, and Manchester by the Sea.

David Lynch

David Lynch is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist and musician. He was born on January 20, 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Lynch began his career as a painter and then switched to filmmaking in the late 1970s.

Lynch’s early films such as Eraserhead and The Elephant Man received critical acclaim and helped establish him as a unique and visionary filmmaker. In the 1980s, he directed Dune, a sci-fi film based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, which received mixed reviews.

Lynch’s breakthrough came in 1990 with Twin Peaks, a television series he co-created and directed. The series’ unique blend of mystery, horror and dark humor achieved cult status and helped establish Lynch as a household name.

In recent years, Lynch has continued to work and direct in film and television, producing the critically acclaimed series Twin Peaks: The Return and the film Inland Empire. He is also known for his work as a visual artist and musician, having exhibited his artwork in galleries around the world and releasing several albums of experimental music. Lynch’s works often feature dreamlike and nightmarish imagery, offbeat and surreal storytelling, and non-linear narratives. He is considered one of the most important authors in film history.

Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey is an American comedian, actress and author, born June 2, 1956 in Missoula, Montana. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s and early 1980s before joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1986. Carvey quickly became one of the show’s most popular cast members, known for his characters such as The Church Lady, Garth Algar and for his impressions of George HW Bush and Ross Perot.

After Carvey left Saturday Night Live in 1993, he starred in his own one-season sketch comedy show, The Dana Carvey Show. He has also appeared in a number of films including Clean Slate, Opportunity Knocks, Wayne’s World, and Wayne’s World 2.

Carvey has also guest-starred on several television shows, including 30 Rock and Hot in Cleveland, and has worked as a voice artist for the animated series The Adventures of Puss in Boots and The Secret Life of Pets, among others.

Carvey is widely regarded as a comedic genius, known for his sharp wit, clever impressions, and deft physical comedy. He continues to do stand-up comedy and makes occasional appearances on television and film.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson


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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American actor best known for his role as Mitchell Pritchett on the critically acclaimed television series Modern Family. He was born on October 22, 1975 in Missoula, Montana.

Ferguson began his career as a stage actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, appearing in a number of Off-Broadway productions. In 2009, he landed the role of Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family, a role he played throughout the series from 2009-2020. The show was a huge hit, garnering multiple awards and nominations including 85 Primetime Emmy Awards.

In addition to his work on Modern Family, Ferguson has also appeared in a number of films and television shows including Ugly Betty, The Class and The Normal Heart. He has also made guest appearances on popular shows like The Ellen Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Brad Vogel

Brad Bird is an American animator, director and screenwriter. He was born on September 24, 1957 in Kalispell, Montana.

Bird began his career in animation at The Walt Disney Company in the late 1970s and early 1980s, working on projects such as The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron. In the late 1980s, he joined animation studio Pixar, where he worked as a writer and director on several critically acclaimed films, The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007).

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So there you have it – some celebrities you probably didn’t know were from Montana and some you definitely know! From actors and musicians to athletes and talk show hosts, the area has produced its fair share of famous faces over the years.

Comment below on any missed celebrities and let me know if anyone on this list surprised you!