Bob Ross: Colorful Facts About the Famous Mellow Painter

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How much do you really know about Bob Ross? Recognized for his iconic afro, jeans and button-down shirt, Ross welcomed everyone to paint happy mountains and trees with him on The Joy of Painting. For more than 10 years, the calm and cheerful painter mesmerized people with his demeanor and voice. The New York Times called him "the most recognized painter since Picasso."

But what was his life like before he became an international celebrity? What happened behind the scenes on the show? Let’s take a look at some colorful facts about the famous mellow painter, Bob Ross.