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The Surprising Lives of Famous Pitchmen

You know their faces, but have you heard the stories?

Jared the Subway Guy. The Marlboro Man. Vince the ShamWow sleazeball. We know their faces. We know their names. But do we know their stories?

Who are the people behind these famous products? How did porn queen Marilyn Chambers wind up on the Ivory Snow box? What deep, dark secret lurks in Subway Jared’s (dorm room) closet? And what sent the Marlboro men to early graves? (Hint: no one ever said cigarettes were healthy…)

Here, Minyanville takes a look at the personalities America grew up with -- some of whom we grew to love, and some of whom we grew to hate. (ShamWow! anybody?) Join us as we explore the lives of famous pitchmen like the late, great Billy Mays.

Mr. “Don’t Squeeze the Charmin” Whipple.

As well as a whole bunch of others whose stories might surprise you.

Click through to learn more -- you’ll never look at late-night TV the same way again.

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