The actor-model that played the rugged cigar-puffing cowboy popularly known as the Marlboro Man has died from, not surprisingly, a lung-related disease early this month. He was 72.
Eric Lawson, who portrayed the mountain man in the iconic cigar ad from the late ’70s to the early ’80s, is actually the fifth Marlboro Man model who suffered a similar fate – that of dying from respiratory disease due to cigarette smoking.
The first to go was David Millar, who played the role in 1950s. Millar died in 1987 from emphysema. Next was Wayne Mclaren, who died in 1992.
Another model, David McLean, died of lung cancer in 1995, followed by Dick Hammer in 1999, also of lung cancer, at 69. (Click here to read more)