He always told us kids, 'I don't ever want to see you smoking,'" Norris' son, Bobby Norris, told KKTV. "So one of us finally asked, 'If you don't want us smoking, why are you doing cigarette commercials?' He called up Phillip Morris and quit that day."
The Marlboro Man first appeared in advertising in 1955, the Times reported. The cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris and the advertising company Leo Burnett Worldwide revamped the product from one targeted to women to a more masculine audience.
According to his obituary, Norris was a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum -- also known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame -- beginning in 1972 and was eventually inducted in a special category: The Hall of Great Westerners.
Born April 10, 1929, in Chicago, Norris attended Elgin Academy in St. Charles and the University of Kentucky, according to his obituary. In 1950, Norris went into the horse and cattle business and moved to Colorado.
"The Marlboro Man campaign is easily one of the most successful advertising campaigns of all time," Scott Ellsworth, a lecturer at the University of Michigan and former oral historian at the Smithsonian Institution, told the Times. "It absolutely conquered the world."
The Marlboro Man advertising campaign propelled the brand into the world's leading brand in 1972, the newspaper reported. According to Forbes, more than 43 percent of all cigarettes bought in the United States last year were Marlboros.