He was also an intellectual, an extremely talented writer, portrait painter, published poet, occasional racing driver, wartime secret agent, shark-hunter, adventurer and by the end of his life an ardent conservationist.
Travel Channel host Jack Maxwell has revealed he is being treated for blood cancer just days before the fourth season of his show Booze Traveler airs.
The 54-year-old TV star - who travels the world sampling alcohol from different cultures - revealed his diagnosis on Tuesday by tweeting: 'I have cancer.
As the youngest of three sons Maxwell inherited no landed estates, relatively little money (although he was regularly bailed out by his mother and eldest brother) and a lifelong inclination to follow his wildly romantic instincts.
These were always impractical, usually dangerous and invariably accom-panied by extravagant tastes for fast cars, absurdly unsustainable generosity and equally high drama.
3 little words, one big sentence.'He added that he is receiving chemotherapy in Arizona for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a disease which is typically less common in moderate alcohol drinkers.