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I'm not a smoker or a tobacco connoisseur by any means but sometimes I'll think about what kind of smoke an actor is usually associated with and how it might relate to their general onscreen persona/appearance or just the character that they happen to be playing in a specific movie.

Cigarettes are obviously most common but sometimes you'll see an occasional cigar or pipe amongst the men.

I've thought about this for a bit and I think the only two actors I've seen smoke all three across their pictures are Joseph Cotten and Walter Pidgeon (who's obviously one of the more recognizable pipe smokers if not THE most). Is there anyone who seemed to have a trademark or unique smoke? How about any other actors who didn't consistently stick to a specific smoke like Jo and Walter?

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11 hours ago, Judex said:

I'm not a smoker or a tobacco connoisseur by any means but sometimes I'll think about what kind of smoke an actor is usually associated with and how it might relate to their general onscreen persona/appearance or just the character that they happen to be playing in a specific movie.

Cigarettes are obviously most common but sometimes you'll see an occasional cigar or pipe amongst the men.

I've thought about this for a bit and I think the only two actors I've seen smoke all three across their pictures are Joseph Cotten and Walter Pidgeon (who's obviously one of the more recognizable pipe smokers if not THE most). Is there anyone who seemed to have a trademark or unique smoke? How about any other actors who didn't consistently stick to a specific smoke like Jo and Walter?

Bing Crosby and his pipe  immediately comes to mind. He even uses his pipe to hit the bells on the XMAS Tree in Holiday Inn. He smoked pipes as Father O'Malley in Going My Way and The Bells of Saint Mary. another is Edward G Robinson in The Stranger he smokes his pipe and EGR smoked cigars in films, ex Key Largo. Little Caesar,  Basil Rathbone in the  Sherlock Holmes films smoked his pipe, Clint Eastwood, Fistful of DollarsThe Good the Bad and The Ugly, For A Few Dollars More smoked cigars then there's  Groucho with his cigar.

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