The world’s most famous smokers

As followup to my post yesterday, here is a list of the most famous smokers ever (other than sporstmen).

- for those still alive, they must be currently active (not occasional) smokers.
- For those already died, they must have been active smokers for the majority of their active life / career.
- Smokers include those who smoke / smoked tobacco: cigarettes, cigars, pipes

Barack Obama, US presidential candidate
Albert Einstein, probably the world’s greatest ever scientist
Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, phonograph etc
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone
Robert Oppenheimer (1904 – 1967)
Edwin Hubble (1889 – 1953)
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during WW2
Franklin D Roosevelt, American president during WW2
Bill Clinton
Helmut Schmidt: (West) German chancellor from 1974 to 1982.
Gerhard Schröder: former German Chancellor
Queen Margrethe II: queen of Denmark
Princess Stephanie of Monaco
King Hussein of Jordan
Camilla Parker Bowles
John F Kennedy, former US president
Gerald Ford, former US president
George Orwell
Oscar Wilde
Jean-Paul Sartre
JR Tolkien (1892 – 1973), writer of “The Lord of the Rings”, one of the top selling novels of all time
J.K. Rowling wrote many of her Harry Potter books as a smoker. After she quit smoking she became a Nicorette chewing gum addict.
CS Lewis, Irish writer
Monica Bellucci
Christopher Lee (b. 1922), famous for playing Dracula
Whoopi Goldberg
James Dean, 2 packs of Chesterfields a day
Demi Moore
Keith Richards
Elizabeth Taylor
Robert Palmer, UK rock star
Sophia Loren
Kate Winslet
Raquel Welch
Luciano Pavarotti, cigar smoker, the greatest tenor of his generation
Catherine Deneuve
Geri Halliwell, cigars
John Wayne (1907 – 1979)
Nicole Kidman
Mel Gibson
Britney Spears
Kate Middleton, Prince William’s girlfriend
Joanna Lumley
David Carradine
Russell Crowe
Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998)
Robbie Williams
Avril Lavigne
Pierce Brosnan
Marilyn Monroe
Meg Ryan
John Lennon
Pat Benatar
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Eddie Van Halen, chain smoker!
Vincent Van Gogh
Ivana Trump
‘Abuelo del Mundo’ (Grandfather of the World) Joan Riudavets Moll, a lifelong smoker who died aged 114 in 2004
Jeanne Calment, the world’s oldest ever person who died aged 122, only quit smoking aged 117
Claudia Schiffer
Alfred Hitchcock
Maurice Ravel, the composer of Bolero
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Auguste Renoir
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), the most famous painter of the 20th century, died aged 92.
Che Guevara
Aaron Spelling (1923-2006): the world’s most succesful TV producer ever.
David Bowie, quit after a heart attack
Johnny Depp
Joaquin Phoenix
Marlene Dietrich, lived to 90
Joseph Stalin
Jennifer Aniston, 2 packs of Merit a day
Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie
Ben Affleck
Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn
Colin Farrell, a pack a day
Ashton Kutcher
James Woods, after smoking for 33 years, lit his last cigarette on 29th December 2003
Lucille Ball, most of her life
Drew Barrymore, Red Marlboros
Kurt Cobain
Chris Cornell, quit already, lead singer of Soundgarden & Audioslave
Ian Curtis, before his suicide
Bette Davis
Sammy Davis Jr
Deng Xiaoping, China Paramount Leader smoked Panda Brand until over 90 years of age.
Mao Zedong
Walt Disney of Disney vacations fame, chain-smoker, died aged 65
Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice in Chains
Pete Doherty, lead singer of Babyshambles
Bob Dylan, 80 cigs a day, quit already
Siobhan Fahey, Bananarama and Shakespear’s Sister singer.
Liam Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
George Harrison, chain smoker
Audrey Hepburn, several packs a day
Lyndon B. Johnson, heavy smoker for most of his life. Habit contributed to his death from a heart attack at age 64 in 1973.
Shah Rukh Khan, rarely without cigarettes off screen, though he vowed to reduce smoking on his 40th birthday.
Lindsey Lohan
Dean Martin, smoked on stage and on television. Lung cancer.
Freddie Mercury, heavy smoker, quit after being diagnosed with HIV
Joni Mitchell
Kate Moss, smokes four packs of Marlboro Lights per day, starting at age 12.
Leonard Nimoy
Jimmy Page
Sean Penn, 4 packs of American Spirit cigarettes per day
Richard Pryor
Mike Dirnt, Green Day bassist
W Axl Rose
Angus Young, AC/DC guitarist
Frank Zappa
Fidel Castro, quit cigars at age 59
Joan Collins
Bill Cosby
Bo Derek
Danny De Vito
Linda Evangelista
Sigmund Freud
George Gershwin
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and U.S. President. Twenty cigars a day. Died of throat cancer.
Saddam Hussein
Samuel L Jackson
David Letterman
Pope St. Pius X, smoked on occasion.
Pope John XXIII, who died in 1963, was a cigar smoker in his youth.
Charles Spurgeon, British Baptist preacher, who reportedly said “When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm, refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name.”
Sylvester Stallone
Kevin Costner
Christina Aguilera

If you have any more to add to the list, please inform me. Thanks!


22 thoughts on “The world’s most famous smokers

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  2. david

    You break your own rules – eg Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Fidel Castro, J.K. Rowling, James Wood, who are not active smokers.

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  4. BEBEK

    the most famous man who smoke and ‘memproses’ at the same time – Hugh Hefner – pengasas Playboy!!!!!!!!!! dan juga Tommy Lee Jones!!!!!!

  5. haintblue

    Leaders of macrobiotics like Michio Kushi and George Ohsawa smoked cigarettes, Michio Kushi asserts that dairy food and other fatty, mucous-producing, and sticky foods are the primary cause of lung cancer and other smoke-related problems, trapping tar and other tobacco particulates in the lungs and other organs, in spite of years of his smoking, a fact well-known to many, recent x-rays of Michio’s lungs were surprisingly clean, like that of a twenty year old (remarked his physician).

  6. Henrik Lindberg

    And Caruso, a really great smoker! Also Gigli, and Montserrat Caballé, surprisingly as they were famous opera stars.

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