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SpouseLeslie Rose, Sienna Shields
FactHe is a painter/artist.

Chuck Close is an American painter, born in Monroe, Washington in 1940. His parents, Leslie and Mildred Close, were both teachers. He has three sisters: Joyce, Janet and Marcia. Close began drawing at an early age and showed an early interest in art. He attended the University of Washington, where he studied art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962. After graduation, he moved to New York City and began his career as a painter.

Close is best known for his large-scale portraits, which he began painting in the late 1960s. His portraits are characterized by their close-up, highly detailed style. He has painted portraits of many famous people, including President Bill Clinton, artist Andy Warhol, and writer Philip Roth. Close has also created a series of self-portraits, which he has been working on since the 1970s.

In 1988, Close was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal artery collapse. He has since regained some use of his arms and hands, and has continued to paint using a special brush strapped to his wrist.

Close has been married twice. His first wife was artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold, with whom he had two children: Georgia and Lucas. His second wife is artist Mary Jo Baumgartner. He has four children with Baumgartner: Daisy, Elliott, Olivia, and William.

Close has an estimated net worth of $35 million.

General Info

Full NameChuck Close
ProfessionActor, Photographer, Film director, Visual Artist
EducationYale University, Yale School of Art, University of Washington


SpouseLeslie Rose, Sienna Shields
ParentsMildred Wagner Close, Leslie Durward Close
SiblingsMartin Close


AwardsWorld Press Photo Award for People
MoviesSix Degrees of Separation, How to Draw a Bunny, Alice Neel, Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress, Art City #1: Making It In Manhattan

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1He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
2He is a painter/artist.






Six Degrees of Separation1993Andy


Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray2016DocumentaryHimself
Herb & Dorothy 50X502013DocumentaryHimself - Artist
CBS This Morning2012TV SeriesHimself - Painter
60 Minutes2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Face Blind (segment "Face Blindness")
Charlie Rose2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Artists and Alchemists2011DocumentaryHimself
Imagine2005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Kate! The Making of an Icon2011TV Movie documentary
Philip Pearlstein: Naked Vision2010Documentary short
Iconoclasts2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Smash His Camera2010DocumentaryHimself
Views on Vermeer2009DocumentaryHimself
Herb & Dorothy2008DocumentaryHimself - Artist
Chuck Close2007DocumentaryHimself
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007DocumentaryHimself
Alice Neel2007DocumentaryHimself
Chuck Close: Close Up2004Documentary shortHimself
How to Draw a Bunny2002DocumentaryHimself
Rembrandt by Himself1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Art City 1: Making It in Manhattan1996DocumentaryHimself
14 Americans: Directions of the 1970s1981DocumentaryHimself

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60 Minutes2012-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Face Blind (segment "Face Blindness")

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