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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 28,709,998 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Bob Ross is the 407th most popular painter (up from 442nd in 2019), the 1,420th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,426th in 2019) and the 13th 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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  • 29M

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  • 59.80

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  • 41

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.15

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.35

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among painters, Bob Ross ranks 407 out of 1,421Before him are Albert Anker, Stefano di Giovanni, Cennino Cennini, Abraham Bloemaert, Antonis Mor, and François Clouet. After him are John Tenniel, Wilhelm Busch, Jules Chéret, Giovanni Segantini, Cristofano Allori, and Cosimo Tura.

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Among people born in 1942, Bob Ross ranks 103Before him are Manolo Blahnik, Mike Newell, Maria Kaczyńska, Robert H. Grubbs, John McLaughlin, and Karen Grassle. After him are Valeri Polyakov, Jacques Dubochet, Britt Ekland, Hannu Mikkola, Gottfried John, and Amine Gemayel. Among people deceased in 1995, Bob Ross ranks 50Before him are Rory Gallagher, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ernest Gellner, Lola Flores, Ștefan Kovács, and Rose Kennedy. After him are Lita Grey, César Rodríguez Álvarez, Miklós Rózsa, Ernest Walton, Mária Telkes, and Alonzo Church.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bob Ross ranks 1,420 out of 18,182Before him are Gerald Edelman (1929), Robert Jordan (1948), Mike Portnoy (1967), Rollo May (1909), Marilyn vos Savant (1946), and Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794). After him are Solomon R. Guggenheim (1861), Lita Grey (1908), John DeLorean (1925), Barbara Bel Geddes (1922), Connie Francis (1938), and David Duchovny (1960).

Among PAINTERS In United States

Among painters born in United States, Bob Ross ranks 13Before him are Norman Rockwell (1894), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Robert Rauschenberg (1925), Joseph Kosuth (1945), Grandma Moses (1860), and Lyonel Feininger (1871). After him are Frederic Edwin Church (1826), Grant Wood (1891), Bruce Nauman (1941), Cy Twombly (1928), Frank Stella (1936), and Sol LeWitt (1928).