‘Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed’ review: No gloss

‘Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed’ review: No gloss

Bob Ross’ hair was a thing of beauty. When he appeared on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” Regis Philbin teased him about his Afro, which Ross sweetly admitted might be more nurtured than nature. And photos of Ross as a teenager and then as a young airman rocking a pompadour make clear he always liked a good ’do. This is among the cheerier scenes in director Joshua Rofé’s “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed,” a documentary less about Ross’ life than about what happened to his brand in the later years and after his death. Annette and Walt Kowalski, who were Ross’ business partners, are not painted in a flattering light. (The couple declined to participate in the film.) Ross’ television show, “The Joy of Painting,” ran from 1983 to 1994. And the title nods to the way
Bob Ross’ hair was a thing of beauty. When he appeared on “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee,” Regis Philbin teased him about his Afro, which Ross sweetly admitted might be more nurtured than nature. And photos of Ross as a teenager and then as a young airman rocking a pompadour make clear he always liked a good ’do. This is among the cheerier scenes in director Joshua Rofé’s “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed,” a documentary less about Ross’ life than about what happened to his brand in the later years and after his death. Annette and Walt Kowalski, who were Ross’ business partners, are not painted in a flattering light. (The couple declined to participate in the film.) Ross’ television show, “The Joy of Painting,” ran from 1983 to 1994. And the title nods to the way