Monte Hale was born Buren Ely on June 8, 1919. He became a Country singer and also a B-movie actor in western films.
After learning to sing and play the guitar at an early age, Ely performed in vaudeville and cities across Texas. He also appeared in rodeo shows. During World War II he was signed as a replacement guitarist, with the 'Stars Over Texas Bond Drive'. This meant that Ely was now working with celebrities and staff from Republic Pictures. It was at this stage that Buren Ely changed his name to Monte Hale. In 1946 he landed his first major role in the film Home on the Range.
After a run of B-Western films, Hale returned to singing at rodeos and circuses and then retired from the film industry to appear at western conventions.
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