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Percy Crosby

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePercy Leo•Crosby
Used namePercy•Crosby
Born8 December 1891 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died8 December 1964 in New York, New York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Percy Leo Crosby was an author, illustrator and cartoonist, whose most famous comic was Skippy (1923-45). In 1931, Skippy was made into a movie which won an Oscar for director Norman Taurog. Crosby began his career as a sports columnist and illustrator for the New York Globe. In the middle of the 1940s he was diagnosed with severe alcoholism, and lost his company, his family, and his work. In 1948, after the death of his mother, he survived a suicide attempt and was declared schizophrenic. After that, he tried several times to sell new manuscripts and drawings, but with no success. He then was falsely imprisoned in a New York mental hospital for the last 16 years of his life, before dying on his 73rd birthday after months in a coma, caused by a heart attack. The figure Skippy is considered an important inspiration for the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Percy Crosby
Painting, Drawings And Water Colors, Open (Olympic) 2 Silver
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Percy Crosby
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC