Renowned cowboy and saddle maker resides in Overland

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OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) - Inside of a modest Overland home is a hidden jewel and his name is Martin 'Cowboy' Bergin.

Not only is the 77-year -old Illinois native a cowboy from head to toe. He`s also one of the most well-known saddle makers in the world.

The cowboy extraordinaire spends 40 to 120 hours on every saddle to make sure it’s just right.

Bergin also kicked up his boots in Hollywood for a spell as a movie extra after he left the navy in 1978.

In 2002 he got a speaking role in the western 'Defiance'.

When asked if his clients were Hollywood big wigs, he said that information was top secret. But Bergin was happy to share some lines, poetry lines that is.

While talking with Bergin in his cramped shop, he offered some valuable insight about life.

Bergin also has an elaborate wardrobe to boot.

Lifetime neighbor Mitchell Mandel says Bergin is a guy with a pure heart and true grit.

Today Overland`s cowboy/poet is a widower, but his pride and joy is his 51-year marriage to his wife Maureen, four kids and a special and a lifetime achievement belt buckle from the International Federation of Leather Guilds.

Bergin has no idea of how many saddles he`s made or the number of cowboys he`s met over the years, but one thing`s for sure he's leaving his stamp on the world, because that's the cowboy way.

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