New York—Famed “sports” artist LeRoy Neiman died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday night, taking his talent and his magnificent mustache with him. He was 91.
He served in the Army during WWII, fighting in both the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He then attended Chicago’s School of the Art Institute on the GI Bill, before becoming an instructor at the school. He taught there for ten years before gaining fame after selling some of his work to some unknown magazine called Playboy in the 1950s.
He was known for painting a wide array of “sporting events,” and was the official artist of several Olympic Games throughout his career.
Aside from being an artist, Neiman also acted, and appeared in such diverse movies as “Rocky III,” “Rocky IV,” “Rocky V,” “RECOiL” and “Rocky Balboa.”
He was survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet.