I read an interesting article the other day which listed the famous TV/film people born in Missoula. There’s actually a whole set of lists on the IMDb (Internet Movie Database) website, it’s definitely worth a look if you are interested in films.
So is Missoula the home of thousands of movie superstars? Well unfortunately not but it does have quite a few famous actors who were born here. Possibly one of the most famous is the writer and director David Lynch. He was born in 1946 in this city although he was raised in many cities as his father moved around a lot with his work.
He is of course famous for many great films and TV shows including Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mullholland Drive to name but a few. Probably one of the most famous current actors born in Missoula is Jesse Tyler Ferguson who has been a successful TV actor for many years. He’s also starred in such films as Untraceable and Modern Family which were both box office successes.
For not so serious actors Missoula can count Dana Carvey as one of its own. He was of course one of the stars of the box office smash – Wayne’s World which was released 20 years ago !! I can’t believe the film is that old. Although Carvey is probably better known nowadays for his stage shows where he excels in live routines.
Scott Michael Campbell starred in the remake of one of my favourite films – Flight of the Phoenix. It tells the story of a group of people who are stranded in the desert when their plane crashes. It’s a good little remake but not in the league of the original. His biggest role was probably Brokeback Mountain though which won several Oscars in 2005.
Incidentally if you enjoy TV shows and films it’s worth checking out the various online media sites. Sites like Hulu, ABC and NBC rebroadcast a lot of their stuff online. There are also some great dramas and documentaries available from UK based sites like BBC, Channel 4 and 5 online, although it should be noted that you will need access to a UK IP address to view these – this site shows how to change your online IP http://thenewproxies.com/ip-address-when-online/ . Be warned though the same restrictions apply to Hulu and others, so if you are outside the US for any reason you may not be able to connect through to these sites without and American IP.