TV URBAN LEGEND: Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who played "The Most Interesting Man in the World," appeared in an episode of Star Trek as a red shirt.
Among the most notable Super Bowl commercials this year was an ad for Stella Artois that spotlighted two famous pop culture characters (Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw and Jeff Bridges' The Dude) who are known for specific drinks, choosing to instead change things up and have a Stella Artois instead, to help out with Stella Artois' "Pour it Forward" campaign (where they teamed up with Water.org to donate a month of access to clean water for every bottle sold of Stella Artois). While the ad had shown up online before its official debut during the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl version of the ad was two seconds longer, because it added an "interesting twist" by also including Jonathan Goldsmith in his character of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis beer commercials (his character remarks that specific phrase, "interesting twist," while holding a bottle of Stella Artois, to the dude)...
"The Most Interesting Man in the World" was a long-running ad campaign for Dos Equis which featured highlights of the many achievements of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" (with actor Claudio Marangone playing the younger version of the character in flashbacks). They are basically twists on the famous Chuck Norris jokes (like how, when Chuck Norris does push-ups, he actually pushes the Earth down instead). You know, stuff like "He gave his father 'The Talk,'" "Both sides of his pillow are cool," you get the picture.
The ads then end with Goldsmith, as "The Most Interesting Man in the World," saying that when he drinks beer, he drinks Dos Equis (adding the sign-off at the end of the commercial to, "Stay thirsty, my friends."
It was a tremendously popular ad campaign, running from 2006-2018. You know an ad campaign is popular when they actually had an official "end" to the commercials (with "The Most Interesting Man in the World" leaving Earth for Mars, so that he could become the most interesting man in a DIFFERENT world).
Obviously, Goldsmith did not just burst on to the scene in 2006, as he was in his late 60s when the ads began.
Well, one persistent rumor is that he made a brief appearance in "The Corbomite Maneuver," the second-ever episode of Star Trek. He's allegedly the red shirt at the end of this clip...
It led to an amusing meme, "He doesn't always play a red shirt on Star Trek, but when he does - He survives the whole episode"
William Shatner even tweeted about it back in 2017...
It has been featured on numerous websites since.
But is it true?
It does not appear to be so, no.
When discussing his final Dos Equis commercial, Goldmsith was asked about his Star Trek past:
David M. Gutiérrez: It's fitting you're being sent to Mars, considering you're credited as being a "Redshirt" in the original Star Trek.
Jonathan Goldsmith: No, I wasn't. I've never done that show. I can't convince the fans of that. They keep sending me pictures of a guy in a red shirt, but it ain't me
The amazing Star Trek site, StarTrekFactCheck, examined the situation and discovered that the issue was that Goldsmith (then going by the name Jonathan Lippe) actually AUDITIONED for the episode for the role of Lieutenant Dave Bailey, but was not cast (the second actor on the list, Tony Call, got the gig), and that audition list was accidentally used for a Star Trek reference guide as the names of actors who actually were IN the episode...
Obviously, no one knows for sure the names of every extra in every episode of Star Trek, so I don't believe we know who the actor was in the above scene, but it seems pretty clear that it was not Jonathan Goldsmith.
I'm confident enough to go with this legend as...
Thanks to StarTrekFactCheck for the great info! And thanks to Steve for the suggestion!
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