is the Most Interesting Man in the World.”
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
- Early years
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
in April 2006 and continuing through 2011, Goldsmith had been featured
in a high profile television ad campaign, promoting Dos Equis beer.
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.
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.
supported the S.A.B.R.E Foundation, whose mission
is to protect and preserve the Siberian Tiger.
other charitable causes are Free Arts for Abused Children, which
pairs artists with children in protective custody, and the Stella
Link Foundation, a group calling attention to child sex trafficking