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Cover Stars

Cigar Aficionado’s 112 covers have won high praise, and eight of our cigar-smoking celebrities tell us why.
Marshall Fine
From the Print Edition:
Cigar Aficionado's 20th Anniversary, September/October 2012

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Dennis Haysbert

(Nov/Dec 2006)

Dennis Haysbert had been a working actor for 20-plus years when he truly became a famous face, playing President David Palmer on the hit TV show, “24.” He had just moved on from “24” to “The Unit” when he landed on the cover of Cigar Aficionado in 2006. Since then, Haysbert has also become the face and voice of Allstate Insurance. In his high school yearbook, Haysbert’s career goals—which he’s now met—involved having his face on the covers of Ebony and TV Guide. Cigar Aficionado has obviously been a bonus.

Cigar Aficionado: What do you remember about the cover shoot?
DENNIS HAYSBERT: How many comments I got because of it. It was very interesting; it looked kind of prophetic, because I was playing a black president on TV and now we’ve got a black president. I’ve done a number of cover shoots, but I really loved those photos. And everybody seemed to love the article. I was surprised at the number of people who talked to me about it and its content. They believed it revealed a lot.

CA: What did being on the cover of Cigar Aficionado mean to you?
HAYSBERT: It gave me a nice cachet, a kind of respect. I like cigars. That’s an adult thing that men and women alike enjoy. Every place I went, if I saw a cigar shop, I saw that cover or a poster of the cover. Maybe it had something to do with being the president.

CA: What’s your go-to cigar these days?
HAYSBERT: I remember the cigar I gave myself after my first and only hole in one, which was on the seventh hole at Pebble Beach: a Partagás No. 2. I love Partagás—the flavor has a medium spiciness. It’s an enjoyable cigar and it takes about an hour or an hour and a half to do it justice. I usually have a cigar during a round of golf or after a good steak.

CA: Since being on the cover, do you now get cigars as gifts?
HAYSBERT: Absolutely, without a doubt. I have this humidor, the biggest one you can carry. I don’t keep a lot there because I don’t want them to go bad. But I don’t think you can ever have too many cigars—unless you don’t have enough places to keep them fresh.

CA: What’s the first cigar you remember really appreciating as you smoked it?
HAYSBERT: A Cohiba Lancero. It was incredibly spicy and I liked the length of it. There was something very cool about it. It was long and angular and I guess that’s something I identify with: being long and slim.

 

Chris Noth

(May/June 2010)

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