Marvin R. Shanken’s Cigar Aficionado Interviews

Jan 28, 2021 | By CA Editors
Marvin R. Shanken’s Cigar Aficionado Interviews

As the founder, editor & publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine, Marvin R. Shanken has interviewed a host of fascinating people from all walks of life throughout the magazine’s long history. He has sat down in person with world leaders, some of the planet’s most accomplished sports stars, famous celebrities, acclaimed directors, star cigarmakers and more.

We’ve compiled links to all of these interviews on this page, available in reverse chronological order, dating all the way back to the earliest days of Cigar Aficionado magazine.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 
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Alex Rodriguez 
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Michael Jordan 
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Lewis MRS
In 2016, Marvin R. Shanken sat down in his New York City conference room to interview NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, who overcame all odds to become one of football’s greatest players.


Ray Lewis 
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Robert De Niro                                                         Cigar seminar


Facundo Bacardi

Marvin R. Shanken sat down with Michael Jordan for the second time in 2017 at the Cigar Aficionado office in New York City. The two talked about Cuba, cigars, golf and much more.


Arnon Milchan                                                         Cigar seminar


Michael Jordan (first interview)                           Cigar seminar


Gen. Tommy Franks                                               Cigar seminar
Francis Ford Coppola                                             Cigar seminar

Lewis MRS
Marvin R. Shanken in Napa, California, with legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, revealing the secrets of the epic “Godfather” movies.


Manuel Quesada, MATASA Cigars
José Orlando Padron, Padrón Cigars
Carlos Fuente Jr., Arturo Fuente Cigars


Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana
Stanford Newman, J.C. Newman


Nicholas Freeman, Hunters & Frankau
Edgar M. Cullman Jr., General Cigar Co.
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars

Lewis MRS
One of modern history's most controversial leaders, Cuban leader Fidel Castro didn't participate in many foreign interviews. He sat for a lengthy interview in Havana with Marvin R. Shanken to talk about Cuban cigars, the U.S. embargo and much more for one of Cigar Aficionado's first interviews.


Carlos Fuente Sr., Arturo Fuente Cigars
Dan Blumenthal, Villazon
Pedro Perez, Tabacalera

Ron Perelman 

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Francisco Padron, Cubatabaco
Fidel Castro                                                              Cigar seminar
Edgar M. Cullman Sr., Culbro Corp


Francisco Padron, Cubatabaco