The legendary original ‘Marlboro Man’ Bob Norris, who was a longtime friend of acting legend John Wayne, has passed away at the age of 90. As Fox News reports:
The original Marlboro Man died this week at his Colorado Springs ranch at the ripe old age of 90 — likely because he never actually smoked cigarettes.
Bob Norris was an actor, rancher and dad who played the role of a smoking cowboy on billboards, TV and the pages of magazines for 12 years.
This weekend we lost a legend & one of Duke’s close friends, Bob Norris. Bob was a Colorado rancher & the original Marlboro man. He & his wife spent many Thanksgivings at 26 Bar Ranch with John Wayne and his family. Our condolences go out to the Norris family. pic.twitter.com/hF7MILAXto
— John Wayne Official (@JohnDukeWayne) November 4, 2019
Ad execs first tracked the rugged Colorado native down at his 63,000-acre Tee Cross Ranches in Pueblo, after seeing a photo of him in a newspaper, alongside his longtime pal John Wayne, his son, Bobby, told WKYT in Colorado Springs…
Norris quit the business suddenly — after realizing he was setting a bad example for his two daughters and two sons.
Norris lived a truly remarkable and accomplishment filled life and was an icon of the rugged American spirit.