Saturday, September 27, 2008


Paul Leonard Newman, a Hollywood Icon for more than 50 years, died Friday of Cancer according to his Publicist, Jeff Sanderson. Newman was 83.

Newman starred in more than 65 movies over a 50 year span including the Sundance Kid in 1969 and The Sting in 1973. Newman won an Academy Award late in his career for his role as Fast Eddie in The Color of Money co-starring with Tom Cruise.

Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio on January 26, 1925. He joined the Navy in World War II and served as a rear-seat radioman and tail gunner aboard Avenger Torpedo Bombers in the Pacific Theatre.
In 1954 Newman almost ended his career after, what he considered to be a second-rate performance in “The Chalice” – Newman took out a full-page ad in a Hollywood Trade publication apologizing for his performance.

He went on though to star in such films as; “Somebody up there likes me”, “Cat on a Hot Time Roof”, “Exodus”, “The Hustler”, “Cool Hand Luke”, “The Towering Inferno”, "Fort Apache, the Bronx", "The Verdict", "Nobody's Fool", "The Road to Perdition", and as the voice of a vintage Hudson in the animated "Cars"

Newman had six children, 5 daughters and one son named Scott who died of a drug overdose in 1978.

Newman retired from acting in movies last year saying, "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, and you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats a shame..

6:58 PM  

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