Eric Lawson | Ex-Marlboro man, 72
Mr. Lawson, who lived in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was an actor with bit parts on such TV shows as Baretta and The Streets of San Francisco when he was hired to appear in print Marlboro ads from 1978 to 1981. His other credits include Charlie's Angels, Dynasty, and Baywatch.
His wife said injuries suffered on the set of a Western film ended his career in 1997.
A smoker since age 14, Mr. Lawson later appeared in an antismoking commercial that parodied the Marlboro man and an Entertainment Tonight segment to discuss the negative effects of smoking. Susan Lawson said her husband was proud of the interview, even though he was smoking at the time and continued the habit until he was diagnosed with COPD.