Cuban Cigar-Smoking Celebrities--A Cut Above the Rest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 February 2013 17:37

altAs you know, one of the many symbols of Cuba is the Cigar. And because of this, Cuba has been known for producing the best cigars and tobacco on the face of this Earth. This has, of course, attracted some of the most famous of celebrities who devote much of their free time to the art of smoking fine cigars. Let's take a quick look at some of our favorite famous people across history who have supported Cuba by exclusively smoking artisan-crafted Cuban stogies.

JOHN F. KENNEDY --When you're the president of the United States, you can get just about anything you'd like. What the 35th president wanted in early 1962 was a bunch of Cuban cigars, 1,000 Petit Upmanns to be exact. He gave his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, less than 24 hours to round them up. Short notice for such a big request, but if you are a person of discerning tastes, you know exacty what you want.

MICHAEL JORDAN --The world-famous Chicago Bull smoked his first cigar in 1991 after he won the championship. From that point he was given several different types of cigars, but his first Cuban, a Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona, changed his life he claimed. Since then he has considered himself a practicing aficianado, tasting some of Cuba's rarest and best cigars. Currently his favorites are Partagas Lusitanias and the Cohiba Siglo II.

JACK NICHOLSON --The three-time Academy Award winner had been a longtime cigarette smoker when he took up golf in the early 1990s. He found himself smoking half a pack during a round to calm his nerves, so he decided to switch to cigars from around the fifth hole on. The change helped relax him, and eventually Nicholson got down to a 12 handicap. The actor first became enamored of Cuban cigars in 1973, when he was making The Last Detail, insisting that the petty officer character he played be a cigar smoker. The movie was shot in Canada, affording easy access to Havanas.   

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER --It never hurts to have a father-in-law who smokes cigars. Sargent Shriver, the father of Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria, the TV correspondent, offered him a cigar after a dinner, shortly after Schwarzenegger and Maria met in 1977. Now, any complaints Maria might make about her husband's cigar smoking can be parried with a quick reference to her dad. "You can always say, 'Look, honey, your father wouldn't have introduced me to something that's bad,' " the ex-bodybuilder once cracked. The California governer's favorite Cigars are from Montecristo.

BRUCE WILLIS --Willis, who first gained attention as the wisecracking David Addison on ABC's "Moonlighting," has electrified worldwide audiences in a number of big-budget blockbusters that usually have him, if not saving the world (Armageddon), then saving the day (the Die Hard trilogy). He has demonstrated a flair for comedy as well, as shown in The Player. During the mid-1990s, Willis frequented Arnold Schwarzenegger's Monday night cigar dinners at Schatzi on Main.  

DIEGO MARADONA --The Argentinian football coach, famed for his "Hand of God" goal against England, is now also famous for setting off a fire scare in a hotel, triggered alarms at 7am by puffing on a Havana with his entourage! Aside from this extremely funny rude awakening for the Chelsea team who was staying in the same hotel, Maradona has also been spotted smoking his special Havanas during training sessions with his club.

JOHN TRAVOLTA --The actor who first came on the public's radar screen as Vinnie Barberino in TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter" and then skyrocketed to star stature as the disco-dancing Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever has a long-standing affection for cigars. Some of his fondest memories are of his father smoking White Owls during his childhood in New Jersey. As a film star, Travolta can afford to reward himself with less common smokes: Davidoffs, Dunhills and Montecristos are his favorites.