Bob Ross

1942 - 1995

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Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, CBC in Canada, and similar channels in Latin America, Europe and elsewhere. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bob Ross has received more than 25,852,396 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Bob Ross is the 443rd most popular painter (down from 424th in 2019), the 1,427th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,337th in 2019) and the 14th most popular American Painter.

Bob Ross is most famous for his painting show "The Joy of Painting" that aired on PBS. He was also an artist and instructor.

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Among painters, Bob Ross ranks 443 out of 1,428Before him are Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Anna Ancher, Ary Scheffer, Leonor Fini, Eva Gonzalès, and Giambattista Pittoni. After him are Constantin Meunier, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Édouard Vuillard, Eugène Atget, Willem van Aelst, and Orcagna.

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Among people born in 1942, Bob Ross ranks 97Before him are Daniela Bianchi, Giuseppe Bertello, Mehran Karimi Nasseri, George Vella, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Barry Levinson. After him are Amine Gemayel, Margarethe von Trotta, Margaret Court, Carlos Monzón, Carole King, and László Sólyom. Among people deceased in 1995, Bob Ross ranks 52Before him are Lita Grey, Miklós Rózsa, Rose Kennedy, Edda Mussolini, Ernest Walton, and Ernest Gellner. After him are Elizabeth Montgomery, Jeremy Brett, Nathan Rosen, Ko Takamoro, Carlos Monzón, and James Meade.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bob Ross ranks 1,427 out of 15,968Before him are Lawrence Klein (1920), Val Kilmer (1959), Chris Cornell (1964), Bessie Smith (1894), Fred Phelps (1929), and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934). After him are Elisha Gray (1835), Katharine Ross (1940), Henry Hathaway (1898), Lillian Asplund (1906), Sylvia Earle (1935), and Liberace (1919).

Among PAINTERS In United States

Among painters born in United States, Bob Ross ranks 14Before him are Robert Rauschenberg (1925), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Lyonel Feininger (1871), Joseph Kosuth (1945), Grant Wood (1891), and Jasper Johns (1930). After him are Sol LeWitt (1928), Frederic Edwin Church (1826), Cy Twombly (1928), Julian Schnabel (1951), Richard Serra (1939), and Allan Kaprow (1927).