Five of the Most Famous People Born in Montana
Actors, musicians, and athletes...Oh my!
Phil Jackson is a Legendary NBA coach who won an amazing eleven NBA titles as a coach: six with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was born in Deer Lodge, Montana. Phil and his siblings grew up in an austere environment, in which no dancing or television was allowed. Jackson did not see his first movie until he was a senior in high school, and went to a dance for the first time in college. Growing up, he assumed he would become a minister, according to wikipedia.org.
Famed daredevil motorcyclist and cultural icon Evel Knievel was born in Butte, Montana. He was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for having "the most broken bones in a lifetime" after failing to jump Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket.
Gary Cooper was born in Helena, Montana. He was a very accomplished actor. He received five Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and won the award for his roles in High Noon (1952) and Sergeant York (1941). He also played roles in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Pride of the Yankees, and City Streets.
Jerry Kramer was born in Jordan, Montana. He played for the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman. Kramer was an All-Pro five times.Surprisingly, he has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In the Top Ten countdown of the NFL Network he was rated #1 as the top ten players that aren't in the Hall of Fame.
Dana Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana. His parents were both teachers. He is best know for his roll as Garth from Wayne's World on Saturday Night Live.