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Michael Ellis
Michael "Cowboy" Ellis
Nickname Cowboy
Season Big Brother 5
Place 2nd
Votes Against 1
Votes To Win 3
Alliances The Four Horsemen
Loyalties Jase Wirey
Scott Long
Drew Daniel
Adria Klein
HOH Wins 0
Times Nominated 4 (Weeks 7, 8, Day 64 & Week 11)
Veto Wins 1 (Week 10)
Days 82
Twitter CowboyBB5

Michael Douglas Ellis (better known by his nickname "Cowboy") was a houseguest in Big Brother 5. He received 3 out of 7 Jury votes and was named the runner-up, losing to his long standing ally Drew Daniel. He was involved in the Project DNA twist where he learned he was competing with his half-sister Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon, whom he decided to evict at the final four stage of the game.

Michael was one of the candidates eligible to be voted into Big Brother All Stars. He, however, was not chosen to re-enter the game. Later he appeared in Big Brother 11 as the candidate for the Off-Beat Clique. Once again, Michael did not re-enter the game as all the members of the Off-Beat clique dropped from the Endurance challenge.


Michael "Cowboy" Douglas Ellis (born December 12, 1980, in Houston, Texas) was a security officer from Durant, Oklahoma. He is married, and has a stepson from his wife's previous relationship.

Player History - Big Brother 5

Competition History

Week 1 Food Loss
HOH Loss
Luxury Win
POV Not Chosen
Week 2 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Chosen
Week 3 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Chosen
Week 4 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 5 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Not Chosen
Week 6 HOH Loss
Food Win
POV Loss
Luxury Loss
Week 7 HOH Loss
Food Win
Luxury Win
POV Loss
Week 8 HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 9 HOH Loss
POV Loss
HOH Loss
POV Loss
Week 10 HOH Loss
Luxury Win
Week 11 HOH Part 1 Loss
HOH Part 2 Win
HOH Part 3 Loss

Voting History

Week Position Voted For With Majority?
1 Mike Lubinski Yes
2 Lori Valenti Yes
3 Holly King Yes
4 Marvin Latimer No
5 Marvin Latimer No
6 Will Wikle Yes
7 Post-POV Nominee
8 Nominated
9 Marvin Latimer Yes
10 POV Holder Nakomis Dedmon Sole Vote
11 Nominated
Finale Runner-Up



Michael's candidate photo for Big Brother All-Stars

  • Michael is one of three houseguests, the others being Will Kirby and Memphis Garrett to make it to the final two without ever winning an HOH
    • Unlike Michael and Memphis, Will won the game
  • Michael is the only houseguests to not be selected twice to compete in a future Big Brother Season.
Big Brother 5 Houseguests
Andrew Daniel
Michael "Cowboy" Ellis
Diane Henry2
Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon
Karen Ganci
Marvin Latimer
Adria Klein
Small-Natalie Carroll
Will Wikle
Houseguests Not Selected
BB11 Cowboy

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