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a number of boats at the time they called
Taiwan Turkeys. Beautiful boats that sailed
like bathtubs because they were so heavy.
But they were very forgiving because they
were ponderous and everything happened
Goldsmith soon bought his first boat,
a Catalina 30, and after that a Seawolf 41.
Then came a 48-footer, and his last boat
before leaving California, a 473 Beneteau,
which he recently sold because he moved
to Vermont. Between the 48 and 473,
Goldsmith left acting and started a network-
marketing business promoting products that
cleaned without water. Business was good,
and that resulted in a 60-foot Gulfstar. “It
was a magnificent boat,” he says. “I kept it
in the Caribbean and would take distributors
sailing on it as a bonus.”
Like his doppelgänger on TV, Goldsmith’s
adventures have become a little less wide-
ranging. He still has a boat, albeit a some-
what smaller model. “I have a 40-year-old
Grumman aluminum boat sitting on a trailer
with the motor from my dinghy on it. I use it
to go fishing. All around me here in Vermont
are the most beautiful lakes filled with great
northern pike and bass and walleye.”
Born in the Bronx in 1938, Goldsmith’s
father was a retired teacher who moved
to a small farm in upstate New York. His
stepmother was a potter involved in the arts
scene, and as a younger man Goldsmith
would go to Vermont with his father to fish
trout. “I had wonderful memories of it. When
my father passed, I scattered his ashes on a
river close to here, not knowing that 10 years
later I’d be living just up the road.”
Ironically, the success of the Dos Equis
campaign and a growing lack of privacy were
what compelled him to leave Los Angeles.
Before the TV ads, “no one really knew who
I was,” he says. “I had my share of fans, I
suppose, but I was a working actor. People
would recognize me, but not know from
where. It’s incredible now. I usually have to
get security. I threw out the first pitch at a
Dodgers-Angels game in 2010, and I couldn’t
get out of the stadium. It’s been a wonderful
blessing for me at a time when most actors
are in the twilight of their careers.” It’s also
resulted in him being offered other roles.
“Constantly,” he says, “which is really nice.
Like most actors, I never really enjoyed that.
You go from job to job and don’t really know
when you’re going to work again. This has
been a dream and a nice position to be in.”
So why does he think the Most Interesting
Man in the World character is so popular?
“Easy. Every man, including myself, would
like to be him,” he says. P H
In The World.
of his previous boats.