Lee LeBlanc (1913-88)
A graduate of Iron River High School in 1931,studied art and in1937 began his Hollywood motion picture career as animator to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. His best known film production was "Ben Hur".
From 1941 to 1956, he was an artist for Twentieth Century Fox, leaving to become administrative head of MGM Special Photographic Effects Department. He retired as Art Director for MGM in 1962. He returned to his hometown Iron River and began painting wildlife. He has won the National Duck Stamp, the National Turkey Stamp and the National Bass Stamp awards. Over 200 of his works are on display.
His career found new direction in calendar art with commissions from Brown and Bigelow and Shedd Brown. He also began book illustrating. In 1967 he was appointed art director for Oddo Publishing.