Our film and television screens have been filled with the image of numerous individuals who liked to smoke cigars and in many cases it was a big part of the aesthetic factor of their persona. In addition to the fictional cigar lovers there have been many renowned people in real life who have favoured this luxury kind of smoke, from historical figures to modern day celebrities and personalities.
Here is a selection of the most famous cigar smokers, from the fictional characters to those who were certainly real.
The United Kingdom’s two-time Prime Minister had some pretty serious matters to deal with so it is no surprise that he liked to enjoy a cigar or ten whenever he got the opportunity. Churchill was in charge of the country from 1940 to 1945 and then again from 1951 to 1955, overseeing British efforts in the Second World War during his first spell in office.
The man who stated his belief that attitude was something small that ultimately made a huge difference certainly had that in his armoury.
As far as 20th century film goes there are a clutch of actors and characters who defined the gangster genre. Al Pacino’s portrayal of Cuban-refugee-turned-crime-boss Antonio ‘Tony’ Montana has won countless fans since the 1983 picture Scarface first hit the silver screen.
Montana was viciously ruthless and has also gained a huge following in the world of rap music due to the manner in which he came from nothing to rise to prominence. There are many images from Scarface (many of them promotional shots) that show him with a cigar in his mouth and it only added to his almost inimitable look.
The world’s most famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was the man who brought the concept to reality in the 19th and 20th century. The Austrian is hugely known to this day and synonymous with therapy as a whole in many ways. He has been portrayed and parodied on a large number of occasions in film, theatre, television and the media and when it came to cigars Freud was something of a devotee.
When it comes to baseball there is one name that instantly rises to the forefront of people’s minds even today. One of the very best hitters that Major League Baseball has ever seen, Ruth’s career with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Boston Braves cemented his place as a legend. Away from the field he was a known cigar lover and was reported to have enjoyed many after making love.