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Bull Montana

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lewis Montagna (born Luigi Montagna, May 16, 1887 – January 24, 1950), better known as Bull Montana, was an Italian-American professional wrestler and actor. Montagna was born on May 16, 1887 in Voghera, Italy and came to the United States as a child. He became a professional wrestler under the name of Bull Montana. He gravitated to films in 1917, appearing first in several of the vehicles of his close pal Douglas Fairbanks. In 1919 he appeared as a gruesome villain in Maurice Tourneur's masterpiece Victory alongside Lon Chaney. Numbered among his many friends was Abe "The Newsboy" Hollandersky, boxer, wrestler, and movie extra, who claimed Montagna offered to help him finance his 1930 autobiography. In the early 1920s Montana, as he was known, often wrestled with his friend Jack Dempsey prior to some of Dempsey's larger fights to help entertain the press and spectators. Montagna was usually cast as a thug, henchman or something not quite sympathetic, and sometimes not quite human (he was the apelike cave dweller in 1925's The Lost World opposite Wallace Beery as Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger). Tempering his on-screen brutishness with humor, Montana starred in his own series of two-reel comedies in the early 1920s, spoofing everyone from Robin Hood (Rob 'Em Good) to the Corsican Brothers (The Two Twins). He appeared in two Buster Keaton films including a role as a professional wrestler in the film Palooka from Paducah. He continued playing movie bits into the 1940s, notably as one of Buster Crabbe's antagonists in the 1936 series Flash Gordon. Like many mashed-face musclemen of the movies, Bull Montana is reputed to have been as gentle as a lamb in real life.

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May 16, 1887 In Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Wild and Woolly 1917-06-24
Latest Project:
Movie Spaceship To The Unknown 1966-01-01
Known For
Poster of Many Scrappy Returns
Poster of When the Clouds Roll By
Poster of Johanna Enlists
Poster of Wild and Woolly
Movie Spaceship To The Unknown Monkey-Man (archive footage) (uncredited) 1966-01-01
Movie Big City Bull Montana 1937-09-03
Movie Palooka from Paducah Bullfrog Kraus 1935-01-11
Movie Never Too Late Monte, an escaped convict 1935-11-27
Movie Loud Soup Convict 1929-03-16
Movie Glorifying the American Girl Customer Requesting 'Baby Face' 1929-12-07
Movie Tiger Rose Joe 1929-12-21
Movie Good Morning, Judge First Crook 1928-04-29
Movie Limousine Love The Chauffer 1928-04-13
Movie The Fight Pest Unknown 1928-05-12
Movie Many Scrappy Returns Zozo's Husband 1927-01-09
Movie The Sting of Stings Bull Montana 1927-09-03
Movie The Son of the Sheik Mountebank 1926-09-05
Movie On the Front Page Private Secretary 1926-11-28
Movie Dick Turpin Bully Boy 1925-02-01
Movie The Lost World Ape Man 1925-02-02
Movie No Father to Guide Him Wanted Kidnapper in Photo (uncredited) 1925-09-05
Movie The Uneasy Three Unknown 1925-11-15
Movie Painted People Ed Decker 1924-01-28
Movie The Fire Patrol Fireman 1924-08-14
Movie Hello, 'Frisco Bull Montana 1924-09-28
Movie Laughing at Danger Killer Murphy 1924-11-23
Movie The Timber Queen Unknown 1922-07-16
Movie Gay and Devilish Tony 1922-05-14
Movie The Three Must-Get-Theres Li'l Cardinal Richie-Loo 1922-08-22
Movie Hard Luck Virginia's Husband 1921-03-14
Movie Crazy to Marry Dago Red (a crook) 1921-08-28
Movie The Foolish Age Bubbs 1921-10-16
Movie The Adventures of Daredevil Jack Unknown 1920-06-30
Movie Treasure Island Morgan 1920-01-02
Movie Go and Get It The Gorilla 1920-07-18
Movie Brass Buttons Jake the Priest 1919-04-06
Movie His Majesty, the American Undetermined Role 1919-09-01
Movie The Unpardonable Sin The Brute 1919-04-01
Movie Victory Pedro 1919-12-07
Movie When the Clouds Roll By The Nightmare 1919-12-28
Movie The Border Legion Red Pierce 1918-07-28
Movie He Comes Up Smiling Baron Bean 1918-09-09
Movie Johanna Enlists Brakeman (uncredited) 1918-09-14
Movie Wild and Woolly Bartender (Uncredited) 1917-06-24
Movie Down to Earth Wild Man 1917-08-16