Last weekend, Jonathan Goldsmith, a.k.a “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” turned 77. Leading up to that birthday, Business Insider senior video producer Graham Flanagan posted a fresh cut of his year-and-a-half old visit to Goldsmith’s Vermont abode. There are no women in this one; just a dog named Willy, a woodshed and lots of snow.
This weekend, Goldsmith is in the news for different reasons. A former personal manager filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, claiming the actor has stopped paying commissions that are owed.
This is not the first lawsuit Goldsmith has been connected to. Earlier this month, Forbes contributor Lee Seymour wrote about how the New York City native took up something entirely different when the acting opportunities dried up:
Goldsmith immersed himself in the world of network marketing. His company grew to about 225,000 distributors in 37 countries, and made him “a great deal of money.” How much exactly, he doesn’t say, but it was enough to retire young and purchase a massive estate in the Sierra. “I was going to spend the rest of my life fishing…”
While he is passionate about the value of network marketing when done legitimately, his caution about corruption is not unfounded. “My business partner turned out to be… not kosher.” His tenure in network marketing was fated to end the way most do in that field – with a massive lawsuit. “I lost a great deal of money.” The same ‘great deal’ he had made initially? “Yeah.”
P.S. Will Lyman, the man who narrates Goldsmith’s Dos Equis commercials as well as PBS’ Frontline, is set to grace the New York stage this winter in a touring Israeli production. As God. Which, when you think about it, is one of the very few ways to top… The Most Interesting. Man. In the World.