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Bob Ross Net Worth, Bio, Age, Height

Today we are going to tell you something about a famous American painter Bob Ross. If you have heard of Bob Ross, then you know how successful and popular he was. Bob Ross was a famous painter, the instructor of visual arts, as well as a TV host. Unfortunately he died in the year 1995 when he was 52 years old.

Today we are writing about him not only because he was famous while he was alive, but also because he is still very popular on many websites, such as Twitch, YouTube and many others.

Actually, he became a popular Internet celebrity after his death and there are a lot of his fans on the websites that we have mentioned.

If you would like to find out all about Bob Ross and his life, then you should read carefully the article that we have prepared for you this time. We are going to give you information related to his career and success, as well as the information about his personal life and family. You will also see what the net worth of this popular American painter was.

The fact that Bob Ross is still very popular, more than 20 years after his death, is telling you about his success. Before we reveal you more things related to his career, you are going to see some facts about his birth and early years.

Early Years

Bob is only a nickname of this famous American painter, but his birth name is Robert Norman Ross. He was born on October 29, 1942 and the place of his birth was Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. The father of Bob Ross was a Cherokee carpenter and his name was Jack Ross, while his mother was a waitress and her name was Ollie Ross.

Even though Bob Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, he spent the most of his childhood in Orlando, Florida. When it comes to his siblings, we have to say that Bob Ross had a half-brother. His name was Jim Ross and he mentioned him very often in his TV shows.

Now we are going to tell you something about the education of Bob Ross. He attended Elizabeth Forward High School. When he was in the 9th grade he left high school because he wanted to work with his father. He started working as a carpenter, but he had an accident, in which he hurt his index finger.

Actually, he lost a part of it and it was a very traumatic experience for Bob Ross. However, it was not an obstacle for him to paint and to make great career later.

When he was young, Bob Ross had an unusual hobby. He was taking care of animals that were injured, especially of snakes, alligators and armadillos. We have to mention a famous squirrel that appeared in a couple of shows of Bob Ross and its name was Peapod. There was also another squirrel that was suffering from epilepsy and it also appeared in his shows a couple of times.

There were also many other interesting things in the childhood and early years of Bob Ross, but we are going to tell you now something about his career.


We have already told you that Bob Ross was a famous painter, but we haven’t mentioned yet that he had a military career as well. When he was 18 he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. He became the master sergeant and he was based in Alaska. When he was there he saw snow for the first time and later he was painting snow very often.

However, the most important career that made Bob Ross famous was his career as a painter. He began painting while he was in the U.S. Air Force. He was painting the landscapes from Alaska and he started selling his paintings. When he saw that painting brings him more money than army, he decided to retire from the Air Force.

There was a TV show that motivated Bill Ross to paint. It was the show of a host Bill Alexander, who was a German painter. Bob Ross moved to Florida and he joined the company of Bill Alexander which was selling paintings and some other works of art. This way Bob Ross became a salesman as well but later he decided to work on his own.

We have already told you that Bob Ross was a popular TV star as well. He was a host of a TV show called The Joy of Painting. In this show he was teaching other people how to paint landscapes and how to use oil technique properly.

Very soon Bob Ross made a business that had the worth of 15 million dollars. He was selling art supplies and books in which he was explaining different technique related to painting. His company was known as Bob Ross Inc.

It is interesting that Bob Ross filmed animals and nature very often. Also, he painted them and he presented them in his show Joy of Painting.

We are going to tell you now something about the technique that Bob Ross used in his paintings. Actually, he used the technique called wet-on-wet. It means that he didn’t wait a paint to dry, but he used to add new layers on a wet paint. This technique has to be done very fast, so he usually finished his paintings for a short period of time.

It is interesting that he was telling in his show that his favourite part of painting is to clean the brush. When it comes to his paintings, we have to mention that he usually painted snow, lakes and mountains. It was possible to recognize the influence of Alaska on his paintings.

Apart from painting, Bob Ross was a popular television and media star. It is interesting to mention that he loved country music very much and he was even on the stage. Actually, a popular musician Hank Snow invited him to come on stage and the public was delighted with his performance.

Bob Ross also wrote a book that had a title The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. In order to promote this book and his techniques for painting Bob Ross was in New York a couple of times. When it comes to Bob Ross’ media and television presence, we have to tell you that he appeared in The Joan Rivers Show as well.

Also, he created a couple of promotional spots for MTV.

There is so much to say about the career of Bob Ross, but we hope that we have told you enough details about his career. You are going to find out now some things about his personal life. It is always interesting to know something about the personal life of an artist.

Personal Life

The personal life of Bob Ross was more than interesting, especially his love life that was full of affairs. Actually, Bob Ross married 3 times and we are going to tell you now who his wives were.

His first wife was Vivian Ridge. They had a son and his name is Steven Ross. It is known that he is a very talented for painting as well. A couple of times Steven Ross appeared in his father’s show The Joy of Painting and he is also known to the audience.

However, Bob Ross divorced from his first wife in the year 1977. Soon after that he married again and his second wife was Jane. She was suffering from cancer and she died because of this illness. Jane died in the year 1992 and they had a son whose name is Morgan Ross.

However, three years after her death, Bob Ross married again and the name of his third wife was Lynda Brown. They married in the year 1995, but they were in a marriage only for 2 months because Bob Ross died soon after his third wedding. They had a son whose name is Bob Ross.

Even though all those facts about the private life of Bob Ross are known in public, he didn’t like to talk about it very much. He preferred keeping his private life in secret and he shared details from his private life only with a couple of friends.

We have already told you that Bob Ross died in the year 1995. Actually, he had some health problems for a couple of years and he died because of lymphoma complications. When Bob Ross died he was 52 years old. It is interesting that the audience didn’t know for the health problems of Bob Ross. Only after his death his public got to know it.

However, even after his death, Bob Ross is still popular. His image exists even today and it is present in many shows, movies or even video games. It is interesting that his show The Joy of Painting was aired on Twitch even after his death. The audience was very interested in Bob Ross and his career and after his death he remained very popular. Younger generations are particularly interested to find out more about Bob Ross and his entire life and career.

Now you are going to see once more the most important things from the biography of this popular painter and television star.


Full name: Robert Norman Ross

Nickname: Bob Ross, Bob

Date of Birth: October 29, 1942

Birth-sign: Scorpio

Birth place: Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.

Date of Death: July 4, 1995

Place of Death: Orlando, Florida, U.S.

Education: Elizabeth Forward High School

Occupation: Painter, art instructor, TV host

Personal Life and Family

Nationality: American

Ethnicity: White

Father: Jack Ross (Cherokee carpenter)

Mother: Ollie Ross (Waitress)

Siblings: Jim Ross

Marital status: Married

Spouse: Vivian Ridge


Lynda Brown

Children: Three sons (Steven Ross, Morgan Ross and Bob Ross)

Personal Look and Measurements

Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

Weight: Not available

Hair Color: Brown curly hair

Eye Color: Blue

Net Worth and Salary

Net worth: $10 million

The estimated net worth of Bob Ross was 10 million dollars. It is known that while he was alive he sold a lot of video tapes, books and also kits of art and only from selling that he earned more than 15 million dollars.

Social Networks

Although Bob Ross died a couple of years ago, we have told you that his accounts on social networks are still active.

Actually, his fans are managing those accounts and there is still a big interest for Bob Ross. There are a lot of followers on all those websites and some of the useful links you can find right here.





Quick Summary

Bob Ross was a famous painter and television personality. He was born on October 29, 1942 and he died on July 4, 1995, at the moment when he was 52 years old.

His real name was Robert Norman Ross, but his audience knew him as Bob Ross.

At the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Air Force and he started painting in that period. He used the so called wet-on-wet painting technique and he became some kind of a painting instructor as well.

He had his own show The Joy of Painting, in which he was teaching young people how to paint and what technique they should use. This show brought him big popularity.

When it comes to the private life of Bob Ross, we have to tell you that he married three times. His first wife was Vivian Ridge, his second wife was Jane and she died of cancer, while his third wife was Lynda Brown. Bob Ross had three sons, one son with each of them.

Even after his death Bob Ross is still popular, so there are many websites and pages dedicated to him. Thanks to his fans, his accounts on social networks are active and there is a big interest to know something about the life of Bob Ross. There is no doubt that this painter was very successful and the memory of him will live forever.