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Christian Haren (February 1, 1935, San Bernardino County, California – February 27, 1996, San Francisco, California) was an actor, model and community activist.

He was born and attended school and colleges in San Bernardino, California. In the 1950s he served in the Army.[1]

In the 1960s Haren received a studio contract from MGM and starred in Vincente Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing, Otto Preminger's In Harm's Way, and Billy Rose's Jumbo. He starred on Broadway in the Bertolt Brecht play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, produced by Tony Richardson.[2]

He is best remembered for playing the role of the Marlboro Man in print advertisements in the early 1960s.

Haren was openly gay and the proprietor of the popular Palm Springs gay bar CC Construction Co. In 1985 he was diagnosed with AIDS and became active in AIDS prevention education. He started "The Wedge", a "safe sex" AIDS prevention organization for teens in San Francisco.[3][4]

He died in San Francisco in 1996 from complications of AIDS, age 61.[5]

His life was the subject of the 1998 documentary short Castro Cowboy.[6]

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