Seven forgotten drinks ads starring Hollywood A-listers

Not all adverts wear well with age, and some deserve to be forgotten. But as this collection of celebrity-laden classics prove, starring the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Swayze and Bruce Willis, many deserve to be remembered simply for their ‘so bad it’s good’ appeal.

Patrick Swayze starts in a 1979 ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon

On their rise to the top, few actors, however big they become, refrain completely from taking up the offer of a lucrative endorsement deal.

Bruce Willis took up with Seagrams in the 1980s to produce a number of entertaining adverts that scream the decade, while Jeff Goldblum offered his dry wit and quirky humour to help Holsten Pils boost its sales in the early 1990s.

While some adverts stand the test of time (Rutger Hauer’s Guinness advert is still compelling) many can become an embarrassing blip better forgotten.

Here, we have rounded up a collection of the biggest names to have graced our television screens from the 1970s to the early 1990s in the pursuit of promoting any number of alcoholic beverages – from Japanese lager to Golden Wine Coolers.

Click through for a look at some of the best retro drinks ads…

Have we missed any? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

We encourage debate in the comments section and always welcome feedback, but if you spot something you don't think is right, we ask that you leave an accurate email address so we can get back to you if we need to.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Events & Admin Assistant

The Drinks Business
London SE1, UK

Brand Manager - Key Wine Partners

MMI Dubai
Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Business Development Manager

Bashall Spirits
Lancashire, UK

Territory Manager - London​

Cadrona Distillery
London, UK

Business Development Manager

Lucozade Ribena Suntory
UK

Customer Marketing Manager

Bibendum
London NW1, UK

Export Assistant Co-ordinator - Maternity Cover

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Customer Services Administrator - On Trade

Speciality Drinks
Whitby Avenue, London NW10 7SF, UK

Fruit Focus 2019

East Malling,United Kingdom
17th Jul 2019

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

San Francisco,USA
23rd Jul 2019

The Wine Show Chelsea 2019

London,United Kingdom
18th Oct 2019
Click to view more

The Global Riesling Masters 2018

View Results

Global Chardonnay Masters 2018

View Results

Click to view more