Michael Douglas Ellis (better known by his nickname "Cowboy") was the runner-up of Big Brother 5.

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. He received 3 of the 7 Jury votes, losing to his long-standing ally, Drew Daniel.

Michael was one of the candidates eligible to be voted into 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 No Voting
11 Nominated
Finale Runner-Up

Post Big Brother

  • Michael attended the premiere of Big Brother 20.[1][2]
  • On February 25, 2019, Michael was arrested for child abuse on his teenage son. [3]



Michael's candidate photo for Big Brother 7 (US)


Big Brother 5 House Guests
Andrew Daniel
Michael "Cowboy" Ellis
Diane Henry2
Jennifer "Nakomis" Dedmon
Karen Ganci
Marvin Latimer
Adria Klein
Small-Natalie Carroll
Will Wikle
Jason "Jase" Wirey
Scott Long
Holly King
Lori Valenti
Mike Lubinski
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