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Paul Newman Dead at 83

Legendary film star and philanthropist Paul Newman, whose brilliant blue eyes, good looks and talent made him one of Hollywood’s top actors over six decades, has died, a spokesman said on Saturday. He was 83 and had been battling cancer.

Following are some facts about Newman:

Paul 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.

In a business where public scandal and bad-boy behavior are the rule rather than the exception, Paul Newman is as much a hero offscreen as on. A blue-eyed matinee idol whose career has successfully spanned five decades, he is also a prominent social activist, a major proponent of actors’ creative rights, and a noted philanthropist. Born January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, OH, Newman served in World War II prior to attending Kenyon College on an athletic scholarship; when an injury ended his sports career, he turned to drama, joining a summer stock company in Wisconsin.

After relocating to Illinois in 1947, he married actress Jacqueline Witte, and following the death of his father took over the family’s sporting-goods store. Newman quickly grew restless, however, and after selling his interest in the store to his brother, he enrolled at the Yale School of Drama.

Married since 1958 to a fellow Oscar winner, the actress Joanne Woodward, Newman had 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?”

Newman had a reputation for practical jokes and reportedly once cut director George Roy Hill’s desk in half with a chainsaw and put 300 chicks into director Robert Altman’s trailer.

Turning 80 in 2005, Newman nonetheless remained a presence in Hollywood. That year, audiences could see him on the small-screen in the critically-acclaimed HBO miniseries Empire Falls, for which he won a Golden Globe, and the following year, he lent his voice to the Pixar animated film Cars.

Despite his movement away from Hollywood, Newman has remained a prominent public figure through his extensive charitable work; he created the Scott Newman Foundation after the drug-related death of his son and later marketed a series of gourmet foodstuffs under the umbrella name Newman’s Own, with all profits going to support his project for children suffering from cancer.

One Response to “Paul Newman Dead at 83”

  1. movie fan says:

    it’s hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman’s Own line–high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes… very smart.

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