Monday, January 23, 2012

"Whatever You Do, Just Don't Smoke" - Yul Brynner

Throughout his life Brynner was often seen with a cigarette in his hand. In January 1985, nine months before his death, he gave an interview on Good Morning America, expressing his desire to make an anti-smoking commercial.  A clip from that interview was made into a public service announcement by the American Cancer Society and released after his death. It includes the warning "Now that I'm gone, I tell you don't smoke. Whatever you do, just don't smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn't be talking about any cancer. I'm convinced of that."
- Wikipedia: Yul Brynner
Here's the clip. He died 9 months after this was recorded. Lung cancer must be an insidious disease; he doesn't look that unwell here. I didn't think Joe Paterno looked that unwell either, for an 84-year-old. (I don't think Paterno smoked.)


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