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The Top 100 Cigar Smokers of the Twentieth Century

From the Print Edition:
Vince McMahon, Nov/Dec 99

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67 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN I The opera promoter hand-rolled and smoked 25 cigars a day, accumulated more than 40 tobacco-related patents, and published a tobacco trade journal, building Times Square with the profits.  

68 SAMMY DAVIS JR. A member of the smoking Rat Pack, Davis entertained audiences with his singing, dancing, acting and impressions.  

69 JIM BELUSHI The actor has likened cigar smoking to marbles: a guy kind of thing. He says some of his best conversations with men have been conducted over a cigar, such as a Por Larrañaga Nacionales.  

70 GEORGE GERSHWIN A cigar, often a Don Sebastian, was never too far from thecomposer of some of our most beloved musicals, whether he was playing the piano or riding a horse.  

71 ALAN "ACE" GREENBERG The best deal that the Bear Stearns chairman ever made was one that kept him supplied with cigars (courtesy of Ron Perelman) "for quite a while."  

72 MICHAEL RICHARDS TV's Kramer brought the cigar back to the sitcom. His "Seinfeld" smoking misadventures include trading in Cubans (the people, not the cigar) and burning down a cabin with a discarded stogie.  

73 WILLIAM S. PALEY The archetypal media mogul, who headed CBS, grew up in the Philadelphia cigar industry: his family made the La Palina.  

74 JAMES COBURN What does the coolest person of all do? Save the free world as Our Man Flint? Escape the Nazis in The Great Escape? Win an Oscar atage 70? Smoke cigars? Answer:all of the above.  

75 ROBERT DE NIRO What's scarier than a pathological homicidal ex-con stalking your family all over Cape Fear, South Carolina? A pathological homicidal ex-con who's chewing on a Casa Blanca Half Jeroboam Maduro. "Come out, come out, wherever you are."  

76 THOMAS MARSHALL When Woodrow Wilson's vice president jocularly mused, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar," he opened himself up for Will Rogers' rejoinder, "There are plenty of good five-cent cigars, but they cost 15 cents."  


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