The Real Marlboro Man, Darrell Winfield, Dies at 85

Marlboro Man Dies – Darrell Winfield, one of the original and longest living Marlboro Men, died on Monday at his home in Wyoming.

He was 85, and the cause of his death wasn’t listed within his obituary.

Winfield found fame as a part of Marlboro’s most successful tobacco advertising campaign. Beyond being a success for the company, the advertising world has deemed the campaign as one of the most successful in advertising history. Indeed, the term “Marlboro Man” is now synonymous with a cowboy look, and a hyper-masculine attitude and sensibility.

Prior to Winfield being cast for the part, the brand had relied on actors that weren’t cowboys. On the other hand, Winfield was a true cowboy. His rugged sensibility appealed to Americans — both young and old.

“His family said he loved horses, rodeo, especially team roping, ranching, and the cowboy way of life,” reads his obituary. “He liked to tease, was quite a character, and never met a stranger.”

His obit also mentioned that Winfield stayed true to the brand until his death, whereas other Marlboro men eventually took part in anti-smoking campaigns.

He is survived by his wife, Lennie, six children, three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Smoking Kills: Marlboro Men Who Died from Smoking

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Eric Lawson
Eric Lawson

Eric Lawson isn’t the only Marlboro Man to die from smoking-related issues. Scroll through to see four others who saw the same fate.

David Millar – Died in 1987
David Millar – Died in 1987

Although he hated horses, this city slicker was a mainstay for Marlboro in the 1950s. He smoked for more than 40 years.

Wayne McLaren – Died in 1992
Wayne McLaren – Died in 1992

After being diagnosed with cancer, McLaren went on an anti-smoking rampage. In response, Marlboro tried to deny that he was ever in their ads.

David Mclean – Died in 1995
David Mclean – Died in 1995

In 1996, Mclean’s wife and son filed a lawsuit against Marlboro for requiring that their models and actors smoke in their daily lives.

Dick Hammer – Died in 1999
Dick Hammer – Died in 1999

Remember this face from the beloved show Emergency!? Dick Hammer also died from lung cancer after his stint as a hunky Marlboro Man.

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