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
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
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
Christopher Lee (b. 1922), famous for playing Dracula
James Dean, 2 packs of Chesterfields a day
Robert Palmer, UK rock star
Luciano Pavarotti, cigar smoker, the greatest tenor of his generation
Geri Halliwell, cigars
John Wayne (1907 – 1979)
Kate Middleton, Prince William’s girlfriend
Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998)
Robert De Niro
Eddie Van Halen, chain smoker!
Vincent Van Gogh
‘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
Maurice Ravel, the composer of Bolero
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973), the most famous painter of the 20th century, died aged 92.
Aaron Spelling (1923-2006): the world’s most succesful TV producer ever.
David Bowie, quit after a heart attack
Marlene Dietrich, lived to 90
Jennifer Aniston, 2 packs of Merit a day
Colin Farrell, a pack a day
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
Chris Cornell, quit already, lead singer of Soundgarden & Audioslave
Ian Curtis, before his suicide
Sammy Davis Jr
Deng Xiaoping, China Paramount Leader smoked Panda Brand until over 90 years of age.
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.
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.
Dean Martin, smoked on stage and on television. Lung cancer.
Freddie Mercury, heavy smoker, quit after being diagnosed with HIV
Kate Moss, smokes four packs of Marlboro Lights per day, starting at age 12.
Sean Penn, 4 packs of American Spirit cigarettes per day
Mike Dirnt, Green Day bassist
W Axl Rose
Angus Young, AC/DC guitarist
Fidel Castro, quit cigars at age 59
Danny De Vito
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and U.S. President. Twenty cigars a day. Died of throat cancer.
Samuel L Jackson
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.”
If you have any more to add to the list, please inform me. Thanks!