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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.

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.

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Jennifer Aniston (1969)

Actress famous for Friends

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Graham Chapman (1941-1989)

Monty Python member and star of Life of Brian Spinal cancer spread from throat cancer

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Mary Astor (1906-1987)

Actress from the 1920s to 1960s Famous for The Prisoner of Zenda and The Maltese Falcon Emphysema

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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
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Beryl Bainbridge (1934)

Monty Python member and star of Life of Brian Spinal cancer spread from throat cancer

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Nat King Cole (1919-1965)

Pianist and singer Famous for songs like Mona Lisa and When I Fall In Love Lung cancer
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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
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Billy Connolly (1942)

Singer, comedian and actor Famous for Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Man Who Sued God
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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
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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
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Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968)

Stage, film TV actress from 1920s to 1960s Pneumonia and emphysema
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Russell Crowe (1964)

Famous Actor  for Gladiator and Master and Commander
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Ronnie Barker (1929-2005)

Comedian Famous for The Two Ronnies, Porridge and Open All Hours Retired in 1986 because of heart trouble

Heart attack

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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  he Cannonball Run Throat cancer
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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)
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Johnny Depp (1963)

Famous Actor for Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Conductor, composer and pianist Famous for the music for West Side Story Lung cancer
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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
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Pete Doherty (1979)

Famous Musician 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
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Richard Boone (1917-1981)

Actor in the 1950s and 1960s Famous for The Alamo, The Shootist and Have Gun, Will Travel Throat cancer
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Edward VII (1841-1910)

King and Emperor Bronchitis
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Jacques Brel (1979)

Songwriter, singer and actor from the 1950s to 1970s Lung cancer
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Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor(1894-1972)

King for a year Throat cancer
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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
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T.S. Eliot (1988-1965)

Poet and playwright from 1910s to 1950s Famous for The Waste Land, Four Quartets, Murder in the Cathedral and  he Cocktail Party Emphysema
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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
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Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Jazz composer and bandleader Lung cancer
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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
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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
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Julie Burchill (1959)

Tabloid columnist
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Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)

Novelist and critic from 1950s to 1990s Famous for A Clockwork Orange, Inside Mr Enderby and Earthly Powers Lung cancer
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F Scott Fitgerald (1896-1940)

Novelist and scriptwriter Famous for The Great Gatsby Second heart attack
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Johhny Carson (1924-2005)

Comedian and chat show host Famous for The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992 Emphysema
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Ian Fleming (1908-1964)

Journalist, intelligence specialist and novelist Famous for creating James Bond and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Pleurisy and heart attack
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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
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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
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Sigmund Freud(1896-1940)

Founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology Cancer of the jaw
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Stephen Fry (1957)

Comedian and actor Famous for Blackadder and Gosford Park