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
|Week 11||HOH Part 1||Loss|
|HOH Part 2||Win|
|HOH Part 3||Loss|
|Week||Position||Voted For||With Majority?|
|10||POV Holder||No Voting|
Post Big Brother
- Michael and fellow Big Brother 5 contestant Nakomis Dedmon appeared in a segment in Big Brother 6 during week 2 along with Drew Daniel, Diane Henry, Adria Klein, Natalie Carroll, Holly King, and Jase Wirey.
- Michael attended the premiere of Big Brother 20.
- On February 25, 2019, Michael was arrested for child abuse on his teenage son. 
- On December 22, 2020, Michael appeared in an episode of Catfish: The TV Show to meet his online girlfriend Julia. James Huling and Russell Hantz from Survivor made appearances, with Russell being the person who reached out to the show.
- Michael is the second houseguest to make it to the Final Two without winning a Head of Household competition. The first was Will Kirby, and the third was Memphis Garrett.
- Michael is the only houseguest to miss a chance to compete in a future Big Brother season on two separate occasions.
- Michael and Nakomis along with Adria Klein and Natalie Carroll are the first pair of relatives to compete on Big Brother.
- Michael is the only person to not be nominated by the HOH at the final 4, and use the veto on a nominee.
- Both times Michael voted in the minority, he voted for Marvin Latimer.
- BB Family photo from the premiere!. Reddit (27 June 2018). Retrieved on 27 June 2018.
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