Screen and Real-Life Hero Paul Newman Dies at 83

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    Screen and Real-Life Hero Paul Newman Dies at 83 - Tributes, Paul Newman : People.com

    Screen and Real-Life Hero Paul Newman Dies at 83

    By Stephen M. Silverman

    Originally posted Saturday September 27, 2008 10:30 AM EDT

    Paul Newman, a screen hero for more than half a century and the head of a philanthropic food empire for the past 25 years, has died, it was announced Saturday. He was 83.

    Surrounded by his family and close friends at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., Newman succumbed Friday after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement from publicist Jeff Sanderson.

    Famed for his intense blue eyes, his love of car racing and one of the coolest demeanors ever to heat up the silver screen, Newman was nominated for Oscars ten times.

    But perhaps his proudest accomplishment, besides his 50-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, was starting Newman's Own, which since 1982 has made popcorn, spaghetti sauce, lemonade and salad dressing and has donated more than $250 million to charities selected by Newman himself.

    Career Highs

    With more than 80 films and TV productions to his credit, Newman's career spanned generations. His first Oscar nomination was in 1959 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and his most recent was in 2003 for Road to Perdition.

    The son of a sporting goods storeowner, the Ohio native enrolled in Ohio's Kenyon College after his 1946 discharge from the Navy. He married for the first time in 1949, then moved wife Jackie and their young son Scott east, where Newman attended the Yale Drama School and, later, the New York Actors Studio.

    Dramatic TV roles came his way, but it was his Broadway debut in 1953, as the sexy stranger in Picnic, that led to a Warner Bros. Hollywood contract and his first movie – the 1954 toga epic The Silver Chalice, which even he considered one of the worst movies ever made.

    Still, the looker more than redeemed himself in two screen adaptations of Tennessee Williams dramas, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof costarring Elizabeth Taylor, and Sweet Bird of Youth, with a highly charged Geraldine Page.

    In 1957, Newman and Jackie, with whom he also had two daughters, divorced. The next year, he married Woodward, with whom he eventually had another three daughters.

    By the '60s Newman had hit his stride with such career-defining roles as the leads in The Hustler, Hud and Cool Hand Luke. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, followed by The Sting, made him and screen partner Robert Redford the hottest male stars of the '70s.

    Newman won an Oscar for The Color of Money, in 1987. Exactly 20 years later, he announced his retirement from acting, saying, "I'm not able to work anymore ... at the level that I would want to. You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention."

    Among his final roles was the voice of Doc Hudson in the 2006 animated movie Cars.

    Charitable Investments

    In 1988, Newman and Woodward established the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, named for the outlaws in Butch Cassidy. The camp permits seriously ill youngsters to enjoy the great outdoors – at no cost to the kids or their families.

    "I'm a cynical S.O. B.," Newman said when the camp opened, in Ashford, Conn. "But I have a sense of wonder here."

    After his retirement from acting, Newman, who was based in Westport, Conn., remained active in his charity work (in 2007, he donated $10 million to Kenyon College) and his food business, and even started theater directing for the first time.

    Besides Woodward, Newman's five daughters and several grandchildren survive him. His son, Scott Newman, died following an accidental drug overdose in 1978. In his memory, Paul Newman instituted the Scott Newman Center for drug abuse prevention.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear of his death. He was a gifted actor and wonderful human being.
     
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    There goes a brilliant man who was a pretty good actor.
     
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    When I was a teenager I did some volunteer work at the summer camp, and what he has provided for those children and their family's is hard too put into words. While I never met the man, word of his passing brought a tear to my eye. The world could use more men like Paul Newman, he will be missed.
     
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    I absolutely loved Paul Newman, his films, his persona and everything he stood for...

    I will miss just knowing he was around...

    he truly was amazing in every way.

    -unselfish in an industry of selfishness
    -effortlessly cool in an industry of contrived persona
    - a wonderful husband and family man
    - a true, unaffected Megastar, in an era of classless and talentless disposable celebrities

    a kind-hearted, passionate philanthropist, whose work will live on, both on the screen and even more importantly, in the "Newman's Own" product lines which have helped so many.


    i do not know about the rest of you, but I am going to the supermarket a bit later, and in the best tribute i know, i am going to buy a few boxes of Newman's Own Popcorn, and a couple of jugs of Newman's Own Lemonade, (and a bottle of salad dressing) and i am going to eat and drink, and enjoy as a tribute to him while i watch Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, and The Sting today.


    I dreaded this day arriving for a very long time, even before he became ill....

    you will be missed Paul...you were an icon, a legend, and an all around great man...thanks for everything....mostly for just being yourself.
     
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    Sad that we have lost yet another amazing person.
     
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    He was truly talented and not to mention easy on the eyes. Very sad.
     
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    He was an incredible good actor with a rough life. Let him rest in peace :smile:.
     
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    Very saddening.

    He was a good man and did good things for society.
     
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