Wayne McLaren

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Wayne McLaren
Lawrence Gilbert McLaren

(1940-09-12)September 12, 1940
DiedJuly 22, 1992(1992-07-22) (aged 51)
OccupationStuntman, model, actor, rodeo performer
Years active1969–1992

Wayne McLaren (born Lawrence Gilbert McLaren, September 12, 1940 – July 22, 1992)[1] was an American stuntman, model, actor, and rodeo performer.


McLaren worked as a stuntman and rodeo rider before being hired to appear in ads for Marlboro.[2] McLaren competed in bronc riding and bull riding events.[3] In 1976, he did promotional work for the famous Marlboro cigarette advertising campaign as the "Marlboro Man".

After developing lung cancer in 1990, McLaren became an anti-smoking crusader citing his 30-year smoking habit as the cause of his cancer. During the time of McLaren's anti-smoking activism, Philip Morris denied that McLaren ever appeared in a Marlboro ad. In response, McLaren produced an affidavit from a talent agency that had represented him and a pay check stub asserting that he had been paid for work on a "Marlboro print" job.[4]

Just before his death, a television spot was filmed showing images of him appearing as the cowboy juxtaposed with those of him on his hospital bed; his brother, Charles McLaren, gave a voiceover about the dangers of smoking, and noted that the tobacco industry promoted an 'independent lifestyle' before finally summarizing, 'Lying there with all those tubes in you, how independent can you really be?' [5]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Paint Your Wagon Miner Stunts
1972 The Honkers Everett
Junior Bonner Uncredited
Cry for Me, Billy Soldier Stunts
Year Title Role Notes
1968 Mission: Impossible Artie Calvitos 2 episodes
1969 The Mod Squad Miller 1 episode
1971 The F.B.I. Jay Yarborough 1 episode
Cannon Jackie / T.J. TV movie
1972–1973 Cannon Harold Degnan / Alex Farrell 2 episodes, (final appearance)
1973 Gunsmoke Homer 1 episode


  1. ^ Lawrence Gilbert McLaren
  2. ^ "Wayne Mclaren, Former `Marlboro Man' Who Became Anti-Smoking Crusader". seattletimes.nwsource.com. July 24, 1992. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
  3. ^ Marchese, John (September 13, 1992). "A Rough Ride". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Wayne McLaren, 51, Rodeo Rider and Model". The New York Times. July 25, 1992. Retrieved September 7, 2009.
  5. ^ 28 May 2001. "Malboro Manslaughter" at the Urban Legends Reference Pages. Accessed 28 July 2005.

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