Saturday, February 13, 2010

Iron Eyes Cody

Iron Eyes Cody was an American actor who was famous for his role in PSA's Keep America Beautiful commercial back in the 1970's (for which he's referred to as the "crying Indian".) Cody in fact, was not Native American at all, but Sicilian. His parents were immigrants who ran an Italian restaurant. Near the end of his life, his ancestry was made public (not even his wife who WAS Native American knew).

My portrait of Cody portrays the  Sicilian flag burning in the background and with the actor in his full Native American getup which he wore publicly his entire life... and gave a new meaning to living the role.


  1. I totally respect your portraying IRON EYE CODY, there are alot of AMERICAN's who have forgotten about the promises made by them all. They couldn't have ever lived up to them, & they still cannot live up to the promises made by Policticians today either! THANKS FOR THIS ONE! DEBI in Oregon.


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