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Tony the Peanut Man

For over 20 years, Tony Wright – aka Tony the Peanut Man – was Charleston‘s most prolific purveyor of peanuts. Tony started out selling his gourmet goobers in Charleston’s City Market in the early 90s. His cheerful personality, coupled with his signature outfit and catchy jingle, quickly gained him a loyal following.

Got some boiled, got some toasted, got some stewed, got some roasted!

Tony the Peanut Man

Hugh McLaren of Hanahan, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

By 1998 Tony had become a fixture at local sporting events such as RiverDogs baseball games and even had his own line of canned boiled peanuts.

Tony the Peanut Man Charleston

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The most recent addition to Tony’s act, dubbed The Peanut Man Experience, came directly from his Peanut Man comic book and details his transformation into a crime-fighting superhero.

Tony the Peanut Man with Cooler Charleston

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The publication of the comic book has helped to solidify Tony’s status as a local legend. Sadly, Wright died on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the age of 63. He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered in his Charleston community.

Tony the Peanut Man Charleston

Darrell Parker of North Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Go here to check out a video of Tony the Peanut Man in action.

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6 Comments about Tony the Peanut Man

Bekket elm says:
March 12th, 2019 at 9:36 am

so sad, i’m doing a project about Toney Wright and I need some intresing facts not alot of pepole know about Toney.

September 17th, 2014 at 8:28 pm


Willie Luckett says:
August 13th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I am sorry to hear about your loss. I had not heard the news.

chris wiseman says:
February 27th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

mrtony peanut man
we moved from va and have never had boiled peanuts in va then we went to a riverdogs game and got a bag from u and tryed them and liked them alot and keep trying to find wear we can get them all the time we are all ways trying to find you and your peanuts thanks tony look me up

Jacoby Johnson says:
August 13th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Mr. Peanut Man:
You make the RiverDog game so much fun. It is great to see you sing your song and those great tasting peanuts are my favorite. I ask my auntie to buy a bag of peanuts every time we come to the game and when we see you at MOJA, Motown Madness, Spoleto, The Christmas Tree Lighting program, the parades, Homecoming, and at the park. Please cheer up and know that you are a hero.
Thanks for being you.
Your pal,

Marc Howard says:
April 18th, 2012 at 9:45 am

From 1990-2012 I owned a store on King Street called STUDIO. I was one of the first to buy and sell Tony’s boiled peanuts in cans. He became a friend. I was so sorry to hear about the fire. As I have no way to contact him, please tell him that I read about the fire and am thinking about him.


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