Walter Raleigh in popular culture

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Raleigh's First Pipe in England, 1859

Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer, well known for popularising tobacco in England.

Art, entertainment, and media[edit]


In The_Rock_(film) the character John Mason played by Sean Connery mentions Sir Walter Raleigh in a conversation with Stanley Goodspeed played by Nicolas Cage





Stage plays[edit]

  • In late 1940s to early 1950s, actor and comedian Andy Griffith appeared as Sir Walter Raleigh, alongside other cast members in the stage play The Lost Colony.[10]


Brands and enterprises[edit]

  • Raleigh Cigarettes were a popular brand during the 1950s and 1960s [12] as was Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco during the 20th century.[13]


Raleigh allegedly laid his cloak over a puddle so Queen Elizabeth I would not get her feet wet.[14] The story is generally considered to be apocryphal.[15]


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