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Dermot Mulroney portrays Charles “Boggy” Johnson in ‘Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher’

Release Date: November 12, 2021

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

Chickasaw Nation Productions' feature film “Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” was inspired by the life of historic Chickasaw rancher Montford Johnson. The film is now available to stream as of November 2021.

The Chickasaw Nation Productions’ movie portrays the great hardships and tragedy Johnson and those close to him overcame to establish a vast ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisholm Trail.

Veteran film actor Dermot Mulroney plays Charles “Boggy” Johnson in the film. With more than 70 films to his credit, Mulroney brings nearly 30 years of film experience to the role.

Dermot Mulroney was discovered at Northwestern University by a Hollywood talent agent, arriving in Los Angeles in 1985 where he got his first acting role in the CBS television movie “Sin of Innocence.”

Mulroney made his film debut in Blake Edwards’ “Sunset” in 1987. His many film credits include “August: Osage County,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Jobs,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Family Stone,” “About Schmidt,” “Young Guns,” “The Wedding Date,” “Longtime Companion,” “Where the Day Takes You,” “The Grey,” “Kansas City,” “Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Point of No Return,” “The Thing Called Love,” “Copycat,” “Zodiac,” “J. Edgar,” “Stoker,” “The Rambler,” “Insidious: Chapter 3,” “Truth,” “Sleepless,” “The Mountain Between Us” and “Will Gardner.”

Mulroney’s television credits include starring in the television movie “Long Gone,” the show “Pure Genius,” guest starring roles on the series “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Shameless,” and Enlightened,” and a recurring role on the comedy series “New Girl.”

A classically trained cellist who has been playing since the age of 7, Mulroney contributed his musical talents to award-wining composer Michael Giacchino’s scoring orchestra for films including “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the “Mission Impossible” franchise, “Jurassic World,” “Tomorrowland” and “Inside Out.”

Mulroney was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Currently, he lives in California with his wife and three children.

Charles “Boggy” Johnson

Charles “Boggy” Johnson was an English-born Shakespearean actor who came to the United States at age 19. About 1840, he joined a stock performing company in Philadelphia for a tour of the South.

Charles met and married a Chickasaw woman named Rebekah Courtney. When the Chickasaws were forced to move to Indian Territory, Charles and Rebekah journeyed with the tribe to their new home.

Charles and Rebekah had two children, Adelaide and Montford. Rebekah died when the children were young. As the Chickasaws are a matrilineal society, Charles left his children to be raised amongst their culture and returned east after her death.

“Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher” is now available to stream on Netflix.