David McLean (actor)
|Born||Eugene Joseph Huth
May 19, 1922
Akron, Ohio, USA
|Died||October 12, 1995
Culver City, California
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
David McLean (b. May 19, 1922, Akron, Ohio – d. October 12, 1995, Culver City, California) was an American film and television actor, best known for appearing in many Marlboro television and print advertisements beginning in the early 1960s.
McLean was born as Eugene Joseph Huth in Akron, Ohio. In addition to his work for Marlboro, McLean starred as the title character in the short-lived NBC western television series, Tate, which aired only in the summer of 1960. He also appeared in numerous television programs and feature films of the 1960s and 1970s. He guest starred three times in the NBC television series Laramie: in the 1962 episodes "Beyond Justice", in the role of Steve Collier, a corrupt territorial politician, and in "A Grave For Cully Brown" as Cully Brown, and as Marshal Branch McGary in the 1963 episode, "The Marshals."  In 1966, he appeared in an episode of the long-running NBC western The Virginian. He guest starred in the NBC western, Bonanza.
In 1963, he was cast as the gangster Frank MacErlane in the episode "Open Season" of the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. In the story line, James Best portrays the courageous Wisconsin game warden Ernie Swift who faces the reprisal of the mob after he tickets MacErlane for illegal fishing. That year he also appeared on Perry Mason as the title character and defendant Trevor Harris in "The Case of the Lawful Lazarus." As Lazarus in the Bible had been raised by Jesus from the dead, Harris reappeared from a ten-year absence after being declared legally dead.
He was also a fine woodworker and artist.
A lifelong smoker, McLean started suffering in 1985 from emphysema and had a tumor removed from a lung in 1994. His libertarian bent prevented him from pursuing a direct suit against Philip Morris, but he did become an anti-smoking advocate. At a meeting of stockholders of Philip Morris, the manufacturer of Marlboro, McLean requested that the company limit its advertising.
In 1996, McLean's widow and son filed suit for wrongful death against Philip Morris, claiming that the firm encouraged or even required cigarette smoking, which caused his lung cancer. A fictitious version of these purported events were featured in the comic novel Thank You for Smoking.