Bull Montana

Bull Montana

  • Birthday: 1887-05-15
  • Deathday: 1950-01-24
  • Place of birth: Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
  • Also know as: Luigi Montagna

Biography

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.

Filmography

The Lost World

1925

As Ape Man

Palooka from Paducah

1935

As Bullfrog Kraus

The Three Must-Get-Theres

1922

As Li'l Cardinal Richie-Loo

Never Too Late

1935

As Monte, an escaped convict

Limousine Love

1928

As The Chauffer

He Comes Up Smiling

1918

As Baron Bean

Go and Get It

1920

As The Gorilla

The Son of the Sheik

1926

As Mountebank

The Fire Patrol

1924

As Fireman

Down to Earth

1917

As Wild Man

Victory

1919

As Pedro

When the Clouds Roll By

1919

As The Nightmare

On the Front Page

1926

As Private Secretary

Johanna Enlists

1918

As Brakeman (uncredited)

Painted People

1924

As Ed Decker

His Majesty, the American

1919

As Undetermined Role

Hello, 'Frisco

1924

As Bull Montana

The Sting of Stings

1927

As Bull Montana

Big City

1937

As Bull Montana

Hard Luck

1921

As Virginia's Husband

Brass Buttons

1919

As Jake the Priest

Dick Turpin

1925

As Bully Boy

Spaceship to the Unknown

1966

As Monkey-Man (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Foolish Age

1921

As Bubbs

Glorifying the American Girl

1929

As Customer Requesting "Baby Face" (uncredited)

Wild and Woolly

1917

As Bartender (Uncredited)

No Father to Guide Him

1925

As Wanted Kidnapper in Photo (uncredited)

Laughing at Danger

1924

As Killer Murphy

Gay and Devilish

1922

As Tony

The Unpardonable Sin

1919

As The Brute

Treasure Island

1920

As Morgan

Good Morning, Judge

1928

As First Crook

Crazy to Marry

1921

As Dago Red (a crook)

The Border Legion

1918

As Red Pierce

Tiger Rose

1929

As Joe

Many Scrappy Returns

1927

As Zozo's Husband

Loud Soup

1929

As Convict

The Skyrocket

1926

As Film Comedian

Held to Answer

1923

As 'Red' Lizard

Hollywood

1923

As Bull Montana

How to Handle Women

1928

As The Turk

One Wild Week

1921

As Red Mike

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