Trevillion's unique talents earned him the nickname 'the Master of Movement' - legendary Disney animator Milt Neil once said it would take 20 of their drawings to produce the movement Trevillion captures in one.
Although Trevillion's abilities enabled him to work all over the world in some remarkable jobs, his talents were not limited just to canvas and among other things he had a spell as a stand-up comedian.
He is also credited with inventing the split-handed putting technique now widely used - though Colin Montgomerie is said to have declined Trevillion's offer a a putting competition from four feet, with the winner donating £1m to charity.
Other notable achievements include earning a record deal, dressing up as DJ Bear the Panda of Peace to try and pacify football hooligans and becoming the world speed kissing champion - a title he defended.
But despite living a life story that would not seem out of place in a Hollywood script, there is one thing that stands out above all.
MORE PAUL TREVILLION FACTS
Introduced Leeds' sock tags and pre-match drills, working with Don Revie's 1972 FA Cup-winners
Worked at beloved Tottenham under Bill Nicholson
Co-wrote book on Bill Nicholson with Alan Mullery - Double Bill
Helped market among others Coca-Cola, adidas, Umbro, Hersheys, NFL, NBA and Nascar
Worked under the legendary Mark McCormack, founder of global sports management agency IMG
He said: "The reason I'm so proud of You Are The Ref, and why it means more to me than anything I've ever done, is because is a great memory of a great friend and a great journalist.
"In 1952 I worked for the Lilywhite monthly magazine. Ralph L. Finn was the editor and a terrific national journalist who took me under his wing, gave me lots of valuable advice and was instrumental in the start of You Are The Ref.
"To please Ralph, more than anything else, I came up with Hey Ref! In 1957 it was published in the Sunday People and that was the birth of YATR. It's been going, in one form or other, for the past 50 years.
"Every time I draw YATR I can hear Ralph saying to me: 'As long as football is played, nobody will know all the rules, because in one form or another, new rules or adaptations are written almost every new season'.
"He was right then and he is today. The strip is a great memory of Ralph, whose epitaph was: 'You must learn to kick with both feet, punch with both hands and play to your utmost ability the greatest game of all - life'."
Over the years top referees like Stan Lover and Clive Thomas have worked with Trevillion to provide the definitive answers to You Are The Ref.
Since 1981 that role has been filled by Keith Hackett and even now in his role as the Premier League referees' chief he still finds time to provide a solution to each one.
For the first time You Are The Ref was made interactive when it appeared on the BBC website during Euro 2008.
Decades after the start of You Are The Ref it is going as strong as ever, while Trevillion, at 74, shows no sign of slowing down.
He is the sort of character that takes over a room the moment he steps foot in it. "I'm only normal in America," said Trevillion, who describes himself as a 'lunatic genius'.
We caught up with him as he opened the Jumpers for Goalposts exhibition at the National Football Museum in Preston.
It was a day of tales that would fill a series of novels.
But of all the stars he has ever met - from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson, from Pele to Bobby Moore - who is the greatest of them all?
Trevillion holds dear affections for his former neighbour Paul Gascoigne, but there is one man who tops the lot.
"George Best was my favourite," said Trevillion. "He was the nicest guy and he was the best looking of them all. I met Elvis and George Best was better looking than Elvis.
"He was so talented but he was too nice and that helped shorten George's career. He couldn't say no to anyone. But he never let me down whenever we worked on a football feature. He was always late - sometimes he was days late - but he never let me down."
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