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“He is the Most Interesting Man in the World.”

Jonathan Goldsmith (born September 26, 1938) is an American actor. He began his career on the New York stage, then started a career in film and television. He appeared in several TV shows in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He is best known for appearing in television commercials for Dos Equis beer, beginning in 2006, as the character The Most Interesting Man in the World, in which he speaks with a distinctive deep voice inspired by his deceased sailing partner and friend Carlos Perez.

Biography - Early years

Jonathan Goldsmith was born on September 26, 1938, in New York. His mother was a Conover model and his father was a track coach at James Monroe High School. Goldsmith left home at 17 to attend Boston University to pursue a career in acting. In 1985, John moved to New Zealand where he and his wife raised their son. He no longer resides there. In New Zealand he shot 94 Dos Equis commercials along the coasts of the southern island.

Career: Seated at a table, surrounded by beautiful women, a bearded man with salt-and-pepper hair looks into the camera: “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty, my friends.”

But the actor who portrays the Most Interesting Man in the World is more likely to attend a bar mitzvah than a Quinceañera. Jonathan Goldsmith, 72, whose face and voice are now inexorably linked with one of Mexico’s top-selling beers, is a New York-born Jew who lives with his wife on a 50-foot Beneteau sailboat in Marina del Rey.

To advance his acting career, Goldsmith moved to California from New York in 1966. Like many aspiring actors, he found it difficult to gain enough acting work to survive and wound up working various jobs, including driving a garbage truck and working in construction, to help make ends meet.

During his early years in film, Goldsmith performed as "Jonathan Lippe", having taken the name of his stepfather at the age of six. He subsequently changed his professional name back to his birth name, later recalling, "It always made me feel bad for my father, who never caused me any grief about it.... As my career grew and my son was born, I changed my name back to my real name, Goldsmith, so my father could enjoy his son's success and have a grandson to carry his name as well."[5]

Goldsmith first established himself as an actor in Western films, with 25 such appearances. In the 1976 film The Shootist, Goldsmith played a villain who was shot between the eyes by hero John Wayne, who fired blood capsules from a special pellet gun at pointblank range into Goldsmith's face for seven painful takes.

Goldsmith also made guest appearances on 45 television series, including Adam-12, Knight Rider, CHiPs, Eight Is Enough, The Rockford Files, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones, MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, Charlie's Angels, Manimal, The Fall Guy, Dynasty, T.J. Hooker, Hardcastle and McCormick, Magnum, P.I., Knots Landing, The A-Team, as well as a few made-for-TV movies. His longest run in a television series was on Dallas, in which he appeared 17 times.

In the 1980s Goldsmith started network marketing businesses (waterless car wash products) Dry Wash & Guard,and also SPRINT which was successful enough to allow him to "retire" from the Hollywood scene; he and his wife purchased an estate in the Sierras. He and his wife later separated, and he moved onto a large sailboat moored in Marina del Rey. As of 2011 he and second wife Barbara (who was his agent when he obtained the Dos Equis role) are moving to a house in the area of Manchester, Vermont.

Advertising work

Beginning in April 2006 and continuing through 2011, Goldsmith had been featured in a high profile television ad campaign, promoting Dos Equis beer.[7] The campaign, which transformed Goldsmith into "the most interesting man in the world", has been credited for helping to fuel a 15.4 percent sales increase for the brand in America in 2009.[5]

He was seen most recently as a celebrity phone answerer on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars, hosted by Jon Stewart, on 21 October 2010.

Charity work

Goldsmith supported the S.A.B.R.E Foundation,[citation needed] whose mission is to protect and preserve the Siberian Tiger.

Goldsmith’s other charitable causes are Free Arts for Abused Children,[8] which pairs artists with children in protective custody, and the Stella Link Foundation,[9] a group calling attention to child sex trafficking in Cambodia.

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If he were to pat you on the back, you would list it on your resume.

Both sides of his pillow are cool.

When in Rome, they do as he does.

His words carry weight that would break a less interesting mans jaw.

He’s won trophies for his game face alone.

He bowls… Overhand.

New 2010:

“He is the life of parties he has never attended”

“If he were to punch you in the face, you’d have to fight off the urge to thank him.”

“Sharks Have a week dedicated to him.”


- Police often question him, just because they find him interesting.

- His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser mans body.

- His blood smells like cologne.

- He has amassed an amazingly large DVD collection, and has never once alphabetized it.

- If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there.

- The pheromones he secretes effect people miles away… in a slight, but measurable way.

- He once punched a magician. That’s right, you heard me.

- His hands feel like rich, brown Swede.

- He lived in the hills of the Serengeti for a summer after being gifted a wife by a local tribes men.

- He owns 4 sports cars, and rents 5.

- He taught a horse to read his email for him.

- He almost broke the land speed record in 1977, popular opinion among his team was that is beard caused to much wind resistance. He would have shaved it… No, no he wouldn’t have.

- He was the featured man at a bachelorette auction he brought in over 13 million euro, under the table.

- His personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards.

- Even his enemy’s list him as there emergency contact.

- He never say’s anything taste like chicken… Not even chicken.

- He speeks fluent French, in Russian.

- His charm is so contagious, vaccines we’re created for it.

- Years ago, he created a city out of blocks. Today over 600,000 people live and work there.

- He is the only person to ever ace a Rorschach Test.

- Every time he goes for a swim. Dolphins appear.

- Alien abductors have asked him, to probe them.

- If he we’re to give you directions… You would never get lost. And you’d arive at least 5 minutes early.

- His legend precedes him, the way lightning precedes thunder.

- His reputation is expanding, faster then the universe.

- He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.

- He lives vicariously through himself.

- It is never too early to start beefing up your obituary (thanks bruce)

- He’s been known to cure narcolepsy just by walking into a room.

- He’s a lover… Not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so Don’t get any ideas.


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