Gerome Bernard Ragni (September 11, 1942 - July 10, 1991) was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as the co-author of the groundbreaking 1960s rock musical HAIR. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of ten children from a poor Italian family, though others say the birth took place in Canada. When he was 5 years old, he began painting crazy, beautiful pictures all over the walls of his family's house and his parents couldn't stop him. Even then, he believed he was a genius. That belief made him tireless.