The Long Island Spy Museum, a non-profit, apolitical Museum dedicated to educating the public about spies and espionage and how they shaped American history, announced today that actor Jonathan Goldsmith has joined the Board of Directors.
Known as “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Goldsmith catapulted to instant fame in 2007 appearing in television commercials for Dos Equis beer. His character, inspired by his deceased sailing partner and friend Fernando Lamas, has famously enjoyed a long list of adventures that make him irresistible to everyone he meets: “his personality is so magnetic he is unable to carry credit cards,” and “even his enemies list him as their ‘emergency contact number.’”
Goldsmith joins a Board of Directors that boasts its own “most interesting” collection of former Intelligence officers, former leaders of the U.S. Military Special Operations Command, Special Forces and business leaders from the U.S. and Europe.
An accomplished actor, Goldsmith first started his career in Western films such as The Shootist, in which he played a villain shot by hero John Wayne. He has appeared on 45 television series including Adam-12, Knight Rider, CHiPS, The Rockford Files, MacGyver and Charlie’s Angels.
Goldsmith is also an active philanthropist. He is involved with several non-profit organizations such as Free Arts for Abused Children, which uses the arts to help youth in peril; the Stella Link Children Foundation (SLCF), whose mission it is to alleviate the suffering, abuse and exploitation of children worldwide.
“Jonathan brings with him an adventurous, participatory spirit,” said Michael Gilbert, COO, Long Island Spy Museum. “He is a tremendous philanthropist whose knowledge and experience will further the educational mission of the Long Island Spy Museum.”
Goldsmith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.
Kenneth Ahrem, a Long Island resident and CEO of Streamline Marketing, a media company that specializes in celebrity endorsements and product placement for reality TV shows, recommended Goldsmith for the position on the Board. Ahrem has been a valued financial supporter of the museum since its inception and has two sons currently serving in Special Operations in the Army and Navy.