‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ worked at a camp when he was 18

Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in a series of Dos Equis beer commercials, worked at a summer camp for children with disabilities when he was 18.

The 76-year-old actor, who started appearing in the popular commercials in 2006, worked at Herald Tribune Fresh Air Fund camp in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the summer of 1956.

“It was definitely a life-changing experience for me. Children would come up for two week encampments from the worst of inner cities,” he told Forbes in a 2012 interview. “Some had never walked on grass or tasted fresh milk.”

His involvement at-risk and disabled kids has continued to this day.

“Trekking down the railroad tracks with braces, crutches, amputees and epileptics for an overnight sleep-out were the highlights of my young life,” he said. “Some of the greatest times of my life were spent with these kids and being able to share their joy of new discoveries and their awareness of ‘I can do this, just like anyone else,’ was so meaningful to me that I knew I wanted to make this my life’s work.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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