Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays the Most Interesting Man in the World in the popular Dos Equis commercials, will be the commencement speaker at the College of St. Joseph commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the CSJ Athletic Center.
Goldsmith has appeared in more than 300 television shows including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Knight Rider,” and “MacGyver.” He starred alongside Burt Lancaster in the 1978 drama “GO TELL THE SPARTANS,” which chronicled a unit of American military advisers in Vietnam.
In 2006 Goldsmith won the role of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” using his personal experiences to help create the character: a cross between Ernest Hemingway, Bill Murray, Burt Reynolds, and Royal Tenenbaum.
The South American accent he dons when he delivers the pitch line “I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis” is inspired from Argentinian-born actor Fernando Lamas, whom Goldsmith regarded as a very dear friend. The Dos Equis campaign, in its 8th year can be seen everywhere — from international television commercials, to print ads, to billboards.
Goldsmith also supports and is involved with various charities, including The Morris Animal Foundation and the Mines Advisory Group. The Morris Animal Foundations is a nonprofit organization that invests in science that advances veterinary medicine for companion animals, horses and wildlife helping more species in more places than any other group in the world. The Mines Advisory Group takes a humanitarian approach to landmine action assisting people affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance in communities worldwide.