Paul Newman

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Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, and producer, born in Ohio. He was a liberal, who supported same-sex marriage. He was a major backer of the Democratic Party. In 1982 he and a friend founded a food company, Newman's Own, which donates all of its profits—nearly $300 million so far[1]—to charities.

Newman had a son (who predeceased him) and a daughter during his first marriage, which ended in divorce, and three daughters from his second marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, which lasted fifty years until his death. He was a former chain-smoker, who died of lung cancer in Connecticut, aged 83.

As an actor, Paul Newman was best known for taming the wild, rebellious youth stereotype typefied by James Dean and Marlon Brando. Instead, his characters were often cool, reserved and with a sense of heart.

Newman appeared in film, on television, and on Broadway. Some of his best-known movie roles were in

  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1959),
  • Exodus (1960),
  • The Hustler (1961),
  • Hud (1963),
  • Harper (1966),
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967),
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969),
  • The Sting (1973)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974),
  • Slap Shot (1977),
  • Absence of Malice (1981),
  • The Verdict (1982),
  • The Color of Money (1986),
  • Nobody's Fool (1994), and
  • Road to Perdition (2002).

Newman appeared with Woodward, in

  • The Long, Hot Summer (1958),
  • Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958),
  • From the Terrace (1960),
  • Paris Blues (1961),
  • A New Kind of Love (1963),
  • Winning (1969),
  • WUSA (1970),
  • Harry & Son (1984), and
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990).

Newman received ten Academy Award nominations, winning once for Best Actor for The Color of Money.

Newman was an auto racing enthusiast. He drove a Porsche in Le Mans in 1979.

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