Virgil Walter Ross (August 8, 1907 - May 15, 1996) was an American artist, cartoonist, and animator best known for his work on the Warner Bros. animated shorts. Virgil Ross's early work was done for Charles B. Mintz (later Screen Gems), Ub Iwerks studio, and then on to Walter Lantz, where he began animation work. In 1935, Virgil Ross moved on to work for Leon Schlesinger at Warner Bros. where he spent about 30 years, first under Tex Avery's supervision, until 1942, then for Bob Clampett, and finally with Friz Freleng. Virgil Ross's resume also includes time spent with such firms as Filmation, Hanna Barbera, and Marvel. Virgil Ross received the highest awards available in his profession: the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Golden Award and the Winsor McCay Award. Four of the cartoons he had animated won Oscars: Tweety Pie, Speedy Gonzales, Birds Anonymous and Knighty Knight Bugs.
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