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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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Most actors don’t have one hit TV series, let alone three or four. But actor Chris Noth was on his fourth, playing the bad husband to “The Good Wife,” when he appeared on the cover of Cigar Aficionado. Before that, he’d solved crimes for “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” then romanced Carrie Bradshaw as Mr. Big on “Sex and the City,” a role he reprised in two SATC movies.

Cigar Aficionado: What did being on the cover of Cigar Aficionado mean to you?
CHRIS NOTH: I was pretty honored. The cover has a long history of prestigious cigar smokers. I consider myself a novice cigar smoker; there are guys who know a lot more about it than I do. I remember being very happy with the pictures. I said, “Damn, I wish they could all look like that.”

CA: What’s your go-to cigar these days?
NOTH: Am I allowed to mention Cubans? Because there’s one I’m very fond of: the San Cristobal de la Habana. Otherwise, I’m like everybody else. I love a Cuban Cohiba if I can get it, or a Romeo y Julieta. But this one was a perfect balance. It doesn’t overwhelm you. Some cigars are so damn strong that you can’t stand up after smoking them. Occasionally, that’s how I like it, if I have a little bit of Irish whiskey, too.

CA: What’s your best cigar memory?
NOTH: I was doing a job in Texas, “Rough Riders,” a miniseries about Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, with Tom Berenger and Sam Elliott and a bunch of guys. We were camping out in the heat. And after a long day’s hard marching in the sun, we’d sit down at night around the campfire and smoke what seemed like homemade stogies. The movie was set in the 1890s and I wouldn’t be surprised if the stogies weren’t from the 1890s, too. They weren’t very good cigars, but they sure relieved the pain of slogging in the heat.


Gen. Tommy Franks

(Nov/Dec 2003)

Gen. Tommy Franks (U.S. Army-ret.) left the military in July 2003, after leading the American invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the United States. In retirement he published a best-selling memoir, American Soldier, started his own consulting firm in the disaster recovery industry, and received the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President George W. Bush in December 2004.

Cigar Aficionado: What do you remember most about your cover shoot?
GEN. TOMMY Franks: I remember your team falling in on my office in Tampa. I found a pair of CIA cufflinks I had, and that’s what I’m wearing in the photo. A lot of people later said to me, “I recognize those.” When I mentioned to my wife that I was going to be talking to you for this, she said, “Tell him that photo is my
favorite you’ve ever taken.”

CA: What did it mean to you to be on the cover of Cigar Aficionado?
Franks: The greatest result was that it sold a lot of books for HarperCollins. I did the interview before I wrote my book. And it was enough of a teaser to cause the book to rocket to No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, and a couple of other places. And I think a lot of that was prompted by the content of that Cigar Aficionado cover. It also made me get interested in cigars in a way I hadn’t before.

CA: What’s your go-to cigar these days?
Franks: I should probably be politically correct and say a Davidoff. But when I’m overseas, I smoke Cuban Montecristo No. 2. And I smoke Cohibas. My favorite in the United States is a Fuente Fuente OpusX.

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