Dead Cool Smokers

dead cool smokers

Again, nothing to do with the Thames.

 

Just a list of really cool people who died of smoking-related diseases. Plus some current celebrities who have been photographed smoking.

 

There are currently three pages of them—this is page one.

 

The moral is: even if you think you look really cool being photographed smoking, there have been lots of other dead cool smokers before you.

Click here for Dead Cool Smokers 2

There are good reasons for listing the people on these pages.

If you smoke, you have a greater than 50% chance of dying from lung cancer, emphysema, heart attack, stroke or mouth, throat or stomach cancer.

Once you start smoking, it’s very hard to give up (but not impossible). Though when you do quit, the risk of dying from a smoking-related disease reduces dramatically.

There are far too many images of famous people smoking—photographs in newspapers and magazines that make it look really cool to smoke.

And there are still plenty of examples of films and TV dramas where people smoke for no good reason except to look tough, glamorous or cool.

Well, it isn’t cool. If you smoke, you will probably die prematurely and painfully.

So take a look at the people on these pages and think of the consequences of smoking.

And in case you are interested, yes I was a smoker for 10 years. Then I gave up for 10 years. Then smoked for another five. I stopped about 10 years ago—oh dear, looks like a cyclical pattern.

Anyway, this website is one way of reminding myself how unwise it was to smoke in the first place.

Jennifer Aniston

1969-

 

Actress famous for Friends

Mary Astor

1906-1987

 

Actress from the 1920s to 1960s

 

Famous for The Prisoner of Zenda and The Maltese Falcon

 

Emphysema

Beryl Bainbridge

1934-

 

Novelist

 

Famous for The Bottle Factory Outing and  Sweet William

 

Stanley Baker

1927-1976

 

Actor and film producer of the 1940s to 1970s

 

Famous for Hell Drivers, The Guns of Navarone and Zulu

 

Lung cancer

Lucille Ball

1911-1989

 

Film and TV star of the 1930s to 1980s

 

Famous for I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show

 

Acute aortic aneurysm

Tallulah Bankhead

1902-1968

 

Stage, film TV actress from 1920s to 1960s

 

Pneumonia and emphysema

Ronnie Barker

1929-2005

 

Comedian

 

Famous for The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Open All Hours

 

Retired in 1986 because of heart trouble

 

Heart attack

Trevor Baylis

1937-

 

Famous for inventing a clockwork radio

 

Member of the Supporters Council for the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Tobacco (FOREST)

Leonard Bernstein

1918-1990

 

Conductor, composer and pianist

 

Famous for the music for West Side Story

 

Lung cancer

Humphrey Bogart

1899-1957

 

Actor

 

Famous for Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo and The African Queen

 

Cancer of the oesophagus

Richard Boone

1917-1981

 

Actor in the 1950s and 1960s

 

Famous for The Alamo, The Shootist and Have Gun, Will Travel

 

Throat cancer

Jacques Brel

1929-1978

 

Songwriter, singer and actor from the 1950s to 1970s

 

Lung cancer

Nigel Bruce

1895-1953

 

Stage and film actor from 1920s to 1950s

 

Famous for Treasure Island, The Scarlet Pimpernell, Lassie Come Home, Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and for playing Dr Watson in a series of Sherlock Holmes films alongside Basil Rathbone

 

Heart attack

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806-1859

 

Civil engineer

 

Designer of railways, stations, tunnels and ships.

 

Famous for the Great Western Railway and ships like the Great Eastern, Great Western and Great Britain

 

Smoked up to 40 cigars a day

 

Stroke

Yul Brynner

1915-1985

 

Stage and film actor of the 1940s to 1970s

 

Famous for The King and I, and The Magnificent Seven

 

Lung cancer

Julie Burchill

1959-

 

Tabloid columnist

Anthony Burgess

1917-1993

 

Novelist and critic from 1950s to 1990s

 

Famous for A Clockwork Orange, Inside Mr Enderby and Earthly Powers

 

Lung cancer

Johhny Carson

1924-2005

 

Comedian and chat show host

 

Famous for The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992

 

Emphysema

Lon Chaney, Senior

1883-1930

 

Silent movie actor in the 1920s

 

Famous for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera

 

Haemorrhage following throat cancer operation

Graham Chapman

1941-1989

 

Monty Python member and star of Life of Brian

 

Spinal cancer spread from throat cancer

Winston Churchill

1874-1965

 

Journalist and politician

 

A heavy cigar smoker, Churchill nearly died several times during WW2 – two pneumonia bouts and two heart attacks in 1943, pneumonia in 1945 and a stroke in 1953, before dying from a stroke in 1965

Nat King Cole

1919-1965

 

Pianist and singer

 

Famous for songs like Mona Lisa and When I Fall In Love

 

Lung cancer

Billy Connolly

1942-

 

Singer, comedian and actor

 

Famous for Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Man Who Sued God

Gary Cooper

1901-1961

 

Actor from 1920s to 1950s

 

Famous for The Virginian, A Farewell to Arms, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Beau Geste, and High Noon

 

Lung cancer

Russell Crowe

1964-

 

Actor

 

Famous for Gladiator and Master and Commander

Sammy Davis Jr

1925-1990

 

Singer and actor from the 1930s to 1980s

 

Famous for Porgy and Bess, Ocean’s Eleven, Robin and the 7 Hoods and The Cannonball Run

 

Throat cancer

Johnny Depp

1963-

 

Actor

 

Famous for Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Walt Disney

1901-1966

 

Animator, film producer and director, head of entertainment corporation

 

Famous for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disneyland

 

Lung cancer

Pete Doherty

1979-

 

Musician

 

Famous for being in the Libertines and Babyshambles, for getting caught in possession of cocaine and heroin, and for banging on about being a heroin addict and self-harmer

Edward VII

1841-1910

 

King and Emperor

 

Bronchitis

Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor

1894-1972

 

King for a year

 

Throat cancer

T.S. Eliot

1988-1965

 

Poet and playwright from 1910s to 1950s

 

Famous for The Waste Land, Four Quartets, Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party

 

Emphysema

Duke Ellington

1899-1974

 

Jazz composer and bandleader

 

Lung cancer

Joe Eszterhas

1944-

 

Screenwriter famous for Jagged Edge, Basic Instinct and Showgirls

 

Started smoking at 12, and smoked 60-80 cigarettes a day. His films often featured close-ups of actors smoking (e.g. Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct)

 

Had 80% of his larynx removed in 2001 because of cancer

 

Now campaigns against smoking in movies

F Scott Fitgerald

1896-1940

 

Novelist and scriptwriter

 

Famous for The Great Gatsby

 

Second heart attack

Ian Fleming

1908-1964

 

Journalist, intelligence specialist and novelist

 

Famous for creating James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

Pleurisy and heart attack

Errol Flynn

1909-1959

 

Film star of the 1930s to 1950s

 

Famous for The Dawn Patrol, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, and The Charge of the Light Brigade

 

Heart attack

Sigmund Freud

1856-1939

 

Founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology

 

Cancer of the jaw

Stephen Fry

1957-

 

Comedian and actor

 

Famous for Blackadder and Gosford Park