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Smurf Creator Smurfin' Crazy

8/23/2008 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

SmurfsThe man who brought "The Smurfs" to America has become a real life villain.

Stuart Ross, who made little blue creatures a part of Saturday mornings everywhere, was busted yesterday for trying to extort money from his son-in-law, who is loaded.

Prosecutors say Ross demanded that David Blitzer fork over $50,000 in June 2008, then hiked it to $11 million this month. "The Smurfs" guru allegedly called and emailed Blitzer at home and at work, threatening he'd destroy his reputation unless he anted up the cash.

Ross was charged with grand larceny -- punishable by two to seven years in the pokey. Now we know who Gargamel was based on.

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1.

arte help    

The worlds most unfunny cartoon!!!

2216 days ago
2.

Jerry Jarvela    

Pierre Culliford created the Smurfs.

2216 days ago
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Karl    

Stuart Ross isn't the creator of the Smurfs!!! It was a Belgian guy, named Pierre Culliford, alias Peyo. And not an American one!!!

2216 days ago
4.

Kelli    

Papa Smurf wouldn't approve!!

Always wondered why there was only one girl smurf? She must have been popular!!

2216 days ago
5.

D    

That's the smurfiest smurf that ever smurfed smurf!

HATE THEM

2216 days ago
6.

vegasjag    

if he invented the smurfs or not, he's still a loser none the less

2216 days ago
7.

Vinny    

TMZ... load of BS... The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world... can't you check your facts ? and I'm not even talking about being a real journalist... just use Google dummy F...

2216 days ago
8.

Fred    

True, Peyo invented the Smurfs. I have some of the very first Smurfs books. Way before they became Saturday morning fare.

2216 days ago
9.

Krystal    

Michael Ausiello must be crushed!

2216 days ago
10.

SMURFS    

THOSE LITTLE BLUE THINGS GAVE ME NIGHTMARES SO IT'S A NO WOUNDER THE GUY IS CRAZY

2216 days ago
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safire    

i dont care the smurfs are dope you got a problem with them yo pop off son

2216 days ago
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Read Better Guys    

Read better, it says he brought the Smurf's to America. Whoever did the headline is the real retard here.

2216 days ago
13.

Spell Check.    

When you're in prison, don't drop the Smurf!

2215 days ago
14.

Karl    

@Read Better Guys
Someone adjusted the text, First it was "The man who created the
Smurfs.."

2215 days ago

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