Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman Dead at 83

It's a sad day for America and the world today as one of the greatest film legends of all time, Paul Newman, passed away on Friday at age 83 from lung cancer.

Newman was nominated for Academy Awards for acting in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler," "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Absence of Malice," "The Verdict," "Nobody's Fool" and "The Road to Perdition," as well best film for directing wife Joanne Woodward in "Rachel, Rachel." He won as best actor for "The Color of Money" in 1986.

He started the Newman's Own food line in 1982 with salad dressing and later added popcorn, salsa, marinades, spaghetti sauce, lemonade, cereal and steak sauce. The products generated more than $200 million in donations to charities. Newman also founded camps for severely ill children and a foundation to fight drug abuse.

He was married since 1958 to Woodward. Their marriage was one of Hollywood's rare enduring marriages. Asked for the secret, Newman said he had no reason to roam: "I have steak at home. Why should I go out for a hamburger?"

His trademark blue eyes were color blind, which prevented him from pursuing his goal of becoming a Navy pilot in World War II.

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote in his appreciation this morning:
You think of Paul Newman, and you smile. You think of his smile and you smile even wider. It was the last great movie star grin. It seems that way today, anyway, in the wake of Newman's death.

He was a rogue you could trust. Across a full panoply of heroes, antiheroes, near-villains and ordinary flawed men, the kid from Shaker Heights, Ohio--half-Catholic, half-Jewish, all charisma--reminded audiences that looks could be everything, in theory, but in the hands of a fine actor who was also a movie star, they were simply another set of tools to bring to the set.

"I was always a character actor," Newman once said. "I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood."

Click here is Newman's filmography on imbd

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