Thursday, April 3, 2014
Happy birthday, Iron Eyes Cody
It is the birthday of Iron Eyes Cody (1907), an actor who is best remembered for his 1971 television commercial for the Keep America Beautiful anti-litter campaign with its iconic close-up showing a single tear running down his cheek. Cody portrayed American Indians throughout his career and claimed to be of Cherokee/Creek extraction, though he was actually a second-generation Italian-American who was born Espera DeCorti. He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker, and adopted two Indian boys. He dressed in Native American garb, including a buckskin jacket and beaded moccasins.