PAUL NEWMAN REMEMBERED
Tuesday August 02, 2016 10:04:12 AM
Paul Leonard Newman was born on 26 January 1925 in Shaker Heights Cleveland Ohio and died 27th September 2008 dying at home. His Jewish father owned and ran sports good store. His dad was Arthur Simon Newman (German-Jewish, sporting goods store owner, b. 1894, d. 1950) Theresa his mother (nee Fetzer), was Slovak Catholic family in Hungary. converted to Christian Scientist, b. 1896, d. 1982) had helped him tin the shop. He had one Brother Arthur Newman, Jr. (b. 1924) who was later to become producer and production manager. Theresa encouraged Paul who was good at sport and showed and very early interest in theatre by watching his action debut at the ripe old age of 7 as the Court Jester in the school play of Robin Hood.
Oscar 1987 for The Color of Money
Golden Globe 1957 for Most Promising Newcomer, Male
Golden Globe 1964 for World Film Favourite, Male
Golden Globe 1966 for World Film Favourite, Male
Golden Globe 1969 Best Director for Rachel, Rachel
from the New York Film Critics Circle.
The Aldrich Family 1952-53 TV
‘The Silver Chalice,’ 20th December 1954.
‘Somebody Up There Likes Me‘,"3rd July 1956.
‘The Rack‘," 2nd November 1956.
‘The Helen Morgan Story‘," 2nd October 1957.
‘Until They Sail, ‘8th October 1957.
‘The Long Hot Summer‘, 3rd April 1958.
‘The Left-Handed Gun‘, 7th May 1958.
‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof‘, 18th September 1958.
‘Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!’, 23rd December 1958.
‘The Young Philadelphians, ‘ 21st May 1959.
‘Exodus‘, 27th March 1960.
‘From the Terrace‘, 15th July 1960.
‘The Hustler‘, 25th September 1961.
‘Paris Blues’, 27th September 1961.
‘Sweet Bird of Youth’, 21st March 1962.
‘Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man’, 18th July 1962. TV
‘Hud’, 28th May 1963.
‘A New Kind of Love’, 30th October 1963.
‘The Prize," 25th December 1963.
‘What a Way to Go’, 12th May 1964.
‘Baby Want a Kiss’ Broadway 1964
‘The Outrage’, 7th October 1964.
‘Lady L’, 17th December 1965.
‘Harper’, 23rd February 1966.
‘Torn Curtain’, 14th July 1966.
‘Hombre’, 21st March 1967.
‘Cool Hand Luke’, 1st November 1967.
"The Secret War of Harry Frigg’, 29th February 1968.
‘Rachel Rachel’, Director) 1968.
‘Winning’, 22nd May 1969.
‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, 23rd September 1969.
‘WUSA’, 19th August 1970.
‘Sometimes a Great Notion," or “Never give an Inch’19th January 1971. Director
‘Pocket Money’, 1st February 1972. Director
‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds’, Director), 1972.
‘The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean’, 18th December 1972.
‘The Mackintosh Man’, 25th July 1973.
‘The Sting’, 25th December 1973.
‘The Towering Inferno’, 10th December 1974.
‘The Drowning Pool’, July 1975.
‘Silent Movie’, (cameo), 16th January 1976.
‘Buffalo Bill –William Cody and the Indians ... or Sitting Bull's History Lesson’, 24th June 1976.
‘Slap Shot’, 25th February 1977.
‘Quintet’, 16th February 1979.
‘The Day the World Ended’. 28th –March 1980
"When Time Ran Out’, 1980.
‘Fort Apache the Bronx," 16th February 1981.
‘Absence of Malice’, 19th November 1981.
‘The Verdict’, 8th December 1982.
‘Harry and Son’, 2nd March 1984. Director
‘The Colour of Money’, 17th October 1986.
The Glass Menagerie (19-Sep-1987) Director
‘Fat Man and Little Boy’, 20th October 1989.
‘Blaze’ 13th December 1989
‘Mr & Mrs. Bridge’, 23rd November 1990.
‘The Hudsucker Proxy’, 11th March 1994.
‘Baseball’ 18th September 1994 Himself [VOICE]
"Nobody's Fool’, 23rd December 1994.
‘Super Speedway’ 1997 Narrator [VOICE]
‘Twilight’, 6th March 1998.
‘Message in a Bottle’, 12th February 1999.
‘Where the Money Is,"14th April 2000.
‘Road to Perdition’, 12th July 2002.
‘Our Town’, 2003.
‘Tell Them Who You Are’ 11th -September-2004 Himself
‘Empire Falls’, 28th May 2005.
‘Cars’, voice 2006
Paul graduated from high school in 1943 from Shaker Heights school. His brief attended at Athens University in Ohio was interlude by being expelled for (allegedly) letting keg of beer into the president’s car. We can see now where his bravado and mischievous came from the many parts he played in his movies. Can you believe at one point even sold door to door Collier's Encyclopaedias?
his life he won 1 Oscar, 1 BAFTA, 6 Golden Globes awards. He was 5’9” , some
, some say 5'7'.
Paul claimed acting was not natural to him; however after working very hard he embraced his craft.
He tried to enlist into the Naval Air Corps on his 18th birthday. Whilst waiting to hear about him entering the navy he performed in another school production, The Milky Way, in which he played a boxer. Paul was sent to the US Navy V-12 program at Yale, hoping and very keen to serve as a pilot. However he was colour-blind, so it was off to boot camp where he trained as a radio man a gunner. In 1944 he was sent as part of the Aviation Radioman Third Class to Hawaii Pacific based torpedo squadrons (VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100). They were primarily responsible training replacement of combat air crew ad pilot partially for air craft landing. Paul was aboard the Hollandia and whilst 500 miles off shore from Japan when the Enola Gay carried the bomb that went off at Hiroshima. He was discharge at Bremerton, Washington State, on 21 January 1946 and was decorated with the American Area Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War 11 Victory Medal.
As the courtesy of the GI Bill he continued his education Kenyon College in Gambier Ohio with a football scholarship. Earning money by opening student Laundromat tempting the customer offering free beer for their load of dirty washing that they brought in. See he was enterprising. back then This liberal arts college affiliated to the Episcopal Church. A night in Knox County Jail after an ‘Incident at a local bat force him off the team. So he turned to his beloved drama to replace his loss and appeared in many several productions with the Williams Bay Repertory Company Paul and studying however did not really interest him. He just loved his sports like football, acting and just ‘hell raising’. But no the less his B.A in English came in 1949 and he left for Wisconsin. Then onto Woodstock, Illinois appearing in many plays but returned to the family business when his dad died in 1950. This last one year when the store was sold his share to his brother and then it was back to Yale and then one year later New York City enrolling at the Actors’ Studio with James Dean and Karl Malden. Paul appeared in some 16 plays during the 1949-50 seasons. "I wasn't running toward the theatre but running away from the sporting goods store," he said later.
During this short era he married actress Jacqueline Witt (stage actress, m. 1949, div. 1958 and gave birth to Scott (actor, b. 23-Sep-1950, d. 20-Nov-1978, drug overdose) and Susan Kendall Newman (stage actress, b. 21-Feb-1953) two daughters followed. He needed more accomplishment now more than ever with his family to support. It was during class break he travelled down to New York seeking break and scored a part in ‘The Aldrich Family in 1952. This it seems was the most important single factor in his new found career as he was accepted in Actor’s Studio under the guidance of the famous Lee Strasburg and Elia Kazan. 1952 also brought the single biggest influence on Newman's later career. In the following year he had his Broadway debut in Picnic.
Newman did not appear in a films until he was 30. By the late 1950s a long-term contract with Warner Brothers had taken him to Hollywood, and he was firmly ensconced in the world of moviemaking, where he has been ever since-- He left Jackie with his children in New York. His part in the ‘Silver Chalice’ in 1954 gave unkind reviews of this movie appearance and Paul took out a full page apology for his acting. I actually thought he was very cute! It was Warner Bros, who had Paul contract4d to them decided not did not ditch him was was incredibly a look alike of Marlon Brando who was probably at his peak. As both actors were similarly aged, the similarity became less marked, but in the mid-Fifties they could have been taken for cousins. It was a comparison Newman frowned upon. “I wonder”, “If anyone ever mistakes him for Paul Newman. I’d like that’ he said.
Paul went back to NY stage once again appearing in the ‘Desperate Hours’ and several TV shows. I was in ‘You Are There’ he made two appearances and The Web’ in which new comers Grace Kelly & James Dean had earlier starred in. And it was here that Joanne Woodward was rising to be a star also. ‘The Battler ‘made in 1955 made for TV that James Dean was supposed to appear in. Paul was virually an unknown at this point. ‘The Mask’, ‘The Goodyear Playhouse’ and ‘Philco TV Playhouse which the last two had Joanne had featured in also. For Philco with Jason Robards he starred in ‘Billy the Kid’. Eva Marie Saint and Frank Sinatra he starred in ‘Love and Marriage ‘.
Returning to Hollywood once again he appeared with Lee Marvin in ‘The Rack’ in 1956. However because of poor reviews this did not stay around long at the movies.
Paul aged now around 21 his big chance came with his brilliant performance in 1956 ‘Somebody up There Likes Me ‘. I recall seeing this years ago as I really liked the late Pier Angeli . Now things are starting to fall into place for Paul and he featured in ‘The Helen Morgan Story’ made in 1957.
Paul was to be strongly attracted and so very smitten with Joanne Woodward who was the win the Best Actress Oscar for 'The Three Faces of Eve' and marriage to Jackie Witt was dissolved and he divorced her marrying Joanne in 1958. Joanne and Paul appeared in 7 movies. Seldom though their working together was not the ones that they shined in. Among them were such dim comedies as 'Rally Round the Flag Boys! '(1958) and 'A New Kind of Love' (1963), 'Paris Blue's (1963), 'From the Terrace' (1960) and the nostalgic 'Merchant Ivory' production 'Mr and Mrs Bridge' (1990), taken from two novels by Evan S. Connell.
His next few films ‘The Long Hot Summer ‘in 1958 and he worked with Joanne. This part suited him down to the ground, working with director Martin Ritt who was a free-thinker and libertarian likes Paul and he won Best Actor award at Cannes.
Paul worked with Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ an ingratiating picture of a tortured and tested young man becoming the biggest grossing movie of the year and also earned him his first Oscar nomination.
In the late 1950s, for Warner Bros and on loan to other studios, Newman made a number of now largely forgotten melodramas. In Arthur Penn’s first film, The Left Handed Gun (1958), he played Billy the Kid and his role as Billy ‘The Kid’ was just amazing as he was still playing teenagers with his cute boy looks that just melted us all. as a precursor of the “crazy, mixed-up kids” then being portrayed by James Dean. Audiences shunned it. From this period of his career, only Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) made money, though Tennessee Williams regarded it as a travesty of his play. Sometimes Paul’s movie decision were not always the to be the best.
The comedy roll in 1958 ‘Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys! With his wife and actress Joan Collins showed us once again a very sexy man.
In 1959 ‘The Young Philadelphians’ Paul appeared with Robert Vaughn where was Oscar nominated for his efforts as the alleged killer.
Paul’s terms of his contract enabled him to take time off from pictures to act on Broadway.
In the stage play ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ Paul once again returned to the NY stage.
Paul worked with Joanne in the 1960 ‘From the Terrace’. They seemed to enjoy working together.
1960 Exodus he starred as a Zionist pioneer
and his co star Eva Marie Saint, who starred with Newman in Exodus, said: "Yes,
his eyes were that blue and beautiful. ... His legacy as a humanitarian for
children around the world is unmatchable." Then I remember seeing 'Exodus' with Paul
that I became so engrossed in the plight of the Jews not realising they were in
my family tree and researching became very strong, that I was to
find out I had a Jewish Great, Great Grandmother, Janette Ahrenfeld.
Disgruntled with the way Warner Bros was handling of Paul’s career, he asked to buy out his contract. It cost him $500,000 but led to some of his greatest roles, notably in 'The Hustler' (1961), as a pool shark, and 'Hud' (1963). Both of these movies gave him untapped at that point the macho vein in his screen image.
In 1961 ‘The Hustler’ gave a magnetic performance, whilst working with George C. Scott and Jackie Gleason and Paul and Jackie were nominated for Oscars, with Piper Laurie who starred with them. In this movie we see him not only playing rogue – swine but still seems to be so lovable anyway.
With the movie ‘Paris Blues’ in 1961,he again worked with Martin Ritt working along side stars Diahann Carroll and Sidney Poitier. This friendship brought him back in new idea to set up First Artist with Poitier, Steve Mc Queen another of my favourites and Barbra Streisand, giving actors a chance to produce projects of their own.
Paul started making his dressings in 1962 from his home basement with AE Hotchner, setting up a company “as a joke” to sell Newman’s original oil and vinegar dressing. Within two years, it had become a multi-million dollar enterprise, revenues from which were funnelled into charities and social welfare organisations.
In the film version of ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ in 1962 Paul worked with Shirley Knight who was nominated for an Oscar along with Ed Begley Sr.
Paul chose to work with Ritt again in provocative movie ‘Hud’ in 1963 playing a young, arrogant ruthless man whose behaviour seems to tarnish all who meet him. He always seemed to make others in his movies look so good they were nominated for awards. The talented h Patricia Neal winning Best Actress Oscar, and Mervyn Douglas the Best Supporting Actor. This was another movie that Paul was nominated as the Best Actor.
Paul was totally against
War, did not support civil rights and was famously open minded, ending up
President Nixon's 'enemies list' and was said to be
leftist political activist.
Paul assisted in
the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and Eugene McCarthy and during his
life lobbied for civil right and environmental issues.
During 1963 Paul was back in Paris working with Joanne in ‘A New Kind of Love’.
‘The Prize’ made in Stockholm Paul received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
For a new aspect it was a comedy roll with Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly and Robert Mitchum, in 1964 in ‘What a way to Go.’
Newman co-starred with his wife Joanne Woodward ‘Baby Want a Kiss in 1964’
Kurosawa's ‘The Outrage’ made in 1964 worked once again with Ritt as a Mexican bandit.
Paul’s roll in 1965 ‘Lady L’ under the direction with Peter Ustinov and starred with Sophia Loren and David Niven.
In ‘Harper’, in 1966 one of his supreme performances he works with Robert Wagner and Lauren Bacall.
It seems all Alfred Hitchcock’s moves were not all good as the movie in 1966 ‘Tom Curtain’ with Paul was not a real success.
In 1967 Ritt directed Paul in ‘Hombre’ playing half breed Indian, who ever would have thought). ‘Cool Hand Luke’ also in that year again scored him another Oscar nomination.
The famous line out of ‘Cool Hand Luke’ in 1967 ‘What we've got here is (a) failure to communicate.’
In 1968 Paul’s part in ‘The Secret War Of Harry Frigg’ he played and hopeless guard-house escapee.
1n 1968 he turned to producing and directing a movie with his wife Joanne called Rachel, Rachel won Academy Award nominations for her.
Paul during the 70’s was said be to bored and his interest in car racing with acting admittedly bored with acting, became fascinated with auto racing, a sport he studied when he starred in the 1969 film, "Winning." ‘ Winning’ made in 1969 he played along side his wife Joanne and Robert Wagner, giving him the taste for his beloved car racing which he took up with gusto driving his Lotus Elan to victory in 1972 in Thompson Connecticut. (1977 he was placed 5th at Daytona 24 hr race, 1979 2nd at Le Mans. Paul still managed to win races in his 60’s. Names like, Keke Rosberg Teo Fabi and Al Unser were to become of his big named rives and 1983 he teamed up Carl Hass and they had their own team?
Now for the movie that was so magical and I loved most with two of my favourite stars Robert Redford and of course Paul was ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ in 1969. My best memory of these two was I owned a T-shirt with Paul on the front and Robert on the back and me in the middle. What away to go! Even when his was hair was graying but he was as gorgeous as ever and on the verge of his greatest popular success. These tow who were the unforgettable duo and were of two of the best-looking actors of their time.
Steve McQueen was originally to play Sundance but he messed around with his name on left and right of posters etc. Paul didn’t care of course but Steve suspicious of his motives pulled the plug and gave up the role which Robert was eventually given. (However they did appear in the same movie in ‘The Towering Inferno’, some five years later).
Through the 70’s he mainly took on directing roles with 1972 ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds’, and ‘Shadow Box’ in the 80’s and now he receives a nomination for director.
During the 70s he worked with Tony Perkins and his wife Joanne and once more in 'WUSA'.
Paul directed in 1971 ‘Sometimes A Great Notion’, with Lee Remick and Henry Fonda.
Lee Marvin and Paul made ‘Pocket Money’ in 1972 another great made with John Huston ‘In The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean’.
James Mason and Paul appeared in ‘The Mackintosh Man’ in 1973 a spy thriller.
Robert Redford teams up again with Paul who was then 48 in movie ‘The Sting’ in 1973. This funny and a wonderful twist in the end also starred the late Robert Shaw.
‘The Towering Inferno’ in 1974 saw Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire and Robert Vaughn. With all these STARS there had to be some shenanigans happening, he has more line etc, no interviews.
The roles Paul took upon to make after seemed much more interesting to him. With Joanne he made the ‘Drowning Pool’ in 1975 with a young star Melanie Griffith.
In 1976 Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill he played in ‘Buffalo Bill - William Cody and the Indians’, and it showed the plight of American Native Americans.
After turning professional car racing in 1977, Paul’s team made strong headways
in several major races, including fifth place in Daytona in 1977 and second
place in the Le Mans in 1979. "Racing is the best way I know to get away from
all the rubbish of Hollywood," he told People magazine in 1979.
Finally in ‘Slap Shot’ in 1977 he let go of his pretty boy cuteness and was seen as more mature actor as he was now 50. It was a contentious film with some grit and violence
Paul’s only son Scott died of a accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium in 1978. Paul said his relationship with his son Paul was quoted saying said, "I had lost the ability to help him ... we both backed away." It was such difficult time for Paul and he set up the Scott Newman Foundation, devoted to educating people about drug and alcohol abuse with an anti-drugs message in films. Paul felt he had finished with the industry as a whole. This was a dark time in his life and he felt washed up. Paul also toned down his lifestyle, and went public with his grief - wondering aloud whether his earlier lifestyles had deprived Scott of the attention he needed growing up.
"Racing is the best way I know to get away from all the rubbish of Hollywood," he told People magazine in 1979.
However in 1979 he made ‘Quintet’ and then ‘When Time Ran Out’ in 1980 with Jacqueline Bisset. These two films were not known as his ‘great films’
An impressive turn in 1981 gave Paul a new fortune. The part of a hard hitting cop in ‘Fort Apache the Bronx’, followed by 'Absence of Malice' playing along side Sally Field. I have seen this movie and was quite amazed by his strong performance in these two different roles. Once again he missed out on winning the Oscar, his 5th nomination in 1982.
‘The Verdict’ in 1982 gave him another shot at playing a legal role and again nominated for and Oscar in this role in 1983’s Oscars. With his movie career on a high he and Joanne become very interested in politics, being appointed by Jimmy Carter for UN as a US delegate at the disarmament conference.
He again stepped into a new arena in 1982 as a joke diversifying into other areas starting up his own brand of sauces for pasta, then popcorn and more salad dressings and lemonade, with all the profits going to charities. 135,000 kids had been helped by’ The Hole in the Wall Camp’ named after the gang in ‘Butch Cassidy’. This summer camp was set up in Ashford, Connecticut for children who had cancer, AIDS, and other blood related diseases. An autumn programme set up in NY was the Discovery Programme for the inner city children. Paul joked at his outstanding success with his salad dressing etc business, that is was not out-grossing his movies. He never regretted this saying “You can only put so much stuff in your closet". By 2002 he had donated to charities $125 million. Set up the Hole in the Wall Gang camps in France, Ireland and Israel as well as the US, which cater to children with life-threatening illnesses. "If I leave a legacy," he once said, "it will be the camps.’
Newman later became a car owner and formed a valuable partnership with Carl
Haas, and they formed the Newman/Haas Racing in 1983 and joining the CART
series. Hiring Mario Andretti as its first driver, the team was an over night
success, and throughout the last 26 years, the team — now known as Newman/Haas/Lanigan
and part of the Indy Car Series — had won 107 races and eight series
"Paul and I have been partners for 26 years and I have come to know his passion,
humour and, above all, his generosity," Haas said. "Not just economic
generosity, but generosity of spirit. His support of the team's drivers, crew
and the racing industry is legendary. His pure joy at winning a pole position or
winning a race exemplified the spirit he brought to his life and to all those
that knew him."
With ‘Harry & Son’ in 1984 he stars with Joanne, it seems this duo were so great together. 1987 he directed Joanne and John Malkovich in ‘The Glass Menagerie’.
‘The Color of Money' in 1986 a sequel to The
Hustler, on his eighth try for which many felt that he should have won 25 years
earlier. 1987 Asked how he felt about the award, Newman said “A long time ago
winning was pretty important. But it’s like chasing a beautiful girl. You hang
in there for years; then she finally relents and you say 'I’m too tired’.”
1989 was seen as his next move in ‘Shadow Makers’ and ‘Blaze’ and ‘Mr And Mrs Bridge’ with his beloved Joanne in 1990.
With Paul now aged reaching his 70’s he
appeared in 1994 ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’, with the wonderful actor Tim Robins.
‘Nobody's Fool’ in 1994 was also made that year with Bruce Willis and
Melanie Griffin. Paul was still quite capable to being the villain in his
twilight years. Now with 9 nominations for Oscar, the Academy made a gesture
once again giving him one the
Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his efforts. That half hearted smile
here is almost like 'it's too little too late'
That half hearted smile here is almost like 'it's too little too late'
A month before his 70th birthday in December 1994, about, he told Newsweek magazine he had changed little with age. "I'm not mellower, I'm not less angry, I'm not less self-critical, I'm not less tenacious," he said. "Maybe the best part is that your liver can't handle those beers at noon anymore," he said.
In 1995, he was nominated for his slyest, most understated work, the town curmudgeon and dead beat in "Nobody's Fool". This was his last nomination for an Oscar, as Best supporting Actor
Paul won the GTS class in the 1995 24 hour race at Daytona, and also sponsored race teams.
1998 he appeared in ‘Twilight’ with Gene Hackman another fabulous actor and 1999 ‘Message in a Bottle’ these were two forgettable choices . He was 74 when he made this movie and looks better than his younger actor in this predicable mediocre movie. In the year 2000 he played ‘Where the Money Is’
2002 The last screen appearance was in ‘The Road to Perdition’ Paul was aged 76.
Paul made comeback to the stage in 2002 in ‘Our Town’ at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut hometown, Paul’s hometown, this time his wife was the director. In this year also one of Paul’s greatest movies was ‘Road to Perdition’ proving once again ‘He still had it and he used it wisely ‘against many actors one third his own age. His last Broadway appearance was as the stage manager in a 2002 revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, for which he received a Tony nomination.
He gained some of his best reviews for his performance as the stage manager in a Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's classic play, "Our Town," filmed for television in 2003, and was perfectly cast as the rascally father to Ed Harris' responsible diner owner in the miniseries "Empire Falls."
In January 2005 Newman, then 79, escaped from his burning race car and he lucky enough not to be injured in the accident after it spun on track at the Daytona Beach circuit..
In his racing career his team finished 2nd in the Le Mans and aged 70 he was to become he oldest diver to finish a professional race when at Dayton his team came 3rd. He still managed to compete into his 80’s. Marion Andretti was quoted with his talent saying ‘had he started a young man racing he would have been a champion.’
Paul even at his 80th birthday, he remained in being in demand. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the 2005 HBO drama "Empire Falls" and providing the voice of a crusty 1951 Hudson Hornet in the 2006 Disney-Pixar hit, "Cars." Paul during his 50 years as an actor/director nominated for Oscars 10 times, winning one regular award and two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures,
But in May 2007, he told ABC's "Good Morning America" he would no longer act, but remain on the board of his beloved charities. "I'm not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to," he said. "You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that's pretty much a closed book for me." Paul retired from movie acting in 2007, at the age of 82.
His last role was as the voice of Doc Hudson, a racing car in the Pixar animation Cars.
In May 2008 Paul withdrew from plans to direct a fall production of Mice and Men at Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse, claiming health issues. During the following month a friend disclosed that he was being treated for cancer. A photograph with Martha Stewart showed a very ad picture of his gaunt appearance and it looked like the end was near to me. In Paul’s fiercely private disposition, he was said to imply he was "doing nicely." to the lung cancer insinuations. In August2008, the US press reported that Paul had completed his chemotherapy said to his family ‘he wanted to die at home’. Paul had been former chain smoker and this probably led to his lung cancer.
But true to his fiercely private nature, Newman remained cagey about his condition, reacting to reports that he had lung cancer with a statement saying only that he was doing ‘just fine’. Newman was given just weeks to live last month after finishing chemotherapy treatment at a New York hospital. But he cheerfully denied reports he was gravely ill to the end.
Robert Redford upon hearing of his friend’s death said "I have lost a real friend. My life — and this country — is better for his being in it." (In recent years, Newman talked about doing another film with his friend Robert, but the two couldn't settle on a script).
George Clooney said simply: "He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us.''
"Sometimes God makes perfect people," Sally Field said, "and Paul Newman was one of them."
Robert Forrester, vice chairman of Newman's Own Foundation "Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.
"Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance.
"An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman's Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million. (After reading many figures quoted that he had donated 250 Millon, 200 Millon in US dollars0, whatever! He donated a hell of a lot! At the time of his death he donated world wide 300 million to various charities and 12 million came to Australia. He had always been a devoted family man, devote grandfather, a dedicated philanthropist and one of the world’s greatest ever charity donors.
"While his philanthropic interests and donations were wide-ranging, he was especially committed to the thousands of children with life-threatening conditions served by the Hole in the Wall Camps, which he helped start over 20 years ago. He saw the Camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back, and raise a little hell. Today, there are 11 Camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Through the Camps, well over 135,000 children have had the chance to experience what childhood was meant to be.
Paul's words: "I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in
my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be
allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it."
"We will miss our friend Paul Newman, but are lucky ourselves to have known such a remarkable person."
A Former patrolman John Anastasia says Newman regularly played the annual softball game between local celebrities ad the town police department. Newman played on the police department's team. "He was very much into it, very athletic," Anastasia said. "He didn't play the part of a celebrity, he played the part of a ballplayer. He was not just there for his good looks."
A. E. Hotchner said Newman should have "everybody's admiration." "For me it's the loss of an adventurous friendship over the past 50 years and it's the loss of a great American citizen," Hotchner said.
Larry King, who interviewed Newman through the years, said he greatly admired the actor. "He lived a long and terrific life," "He was much appreciated”.
DANIEL CRAIG, who appeared alongside Paul in Road To Perdition in 2002, said: “He was one of the greatest screen actors of all time and a beautiful man. I think an era just ended.”
"He comes from that era of actors along with the Deans, Brandos and Clifts that I, that we all looked at, as actors who changed the art form," said Leonardo DiCaprio.
The former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton Saturday offered their condolences. "Paul was an American icon, philanthropist and champion for children," the Clintons said. "Our prayers and thoughts are with Joanne and the Newman family and the many people who Paul impacted through his endless kindness and generosity."
From the world of auto racing, where Newman proved to be as adept a driver as he was an actor, McLaren Formula One team boss Ron Dennis said Newman "was one of those very few people for whom the term 'megastar' was no exaggeration."
Julia Roberts, who was working for Newman's camps for sick children, told People Magazine: "He was my hero."
Gina Lollobrigida echoed the tribute. "He was a marvellous actor and human being, serious, with an exemplary life who has contributed enormously to world cinema," the ANSA news agency quoted her as saying. "He is a man to respect and appreciate."
Conrad Hall, who was being only a year younger than Newman, what he saw through his lens on The Road to Perdition was a kind of tragedy. Hall had shot the star at his blue-eyed zenith on Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, two of Newman's finest films. Reportedly, during the shooting of Perdition, Hall burst into tears, saying: "He was so beautiful."
Family and friends of the iconic actor spoke of Paul’s passing - mourning the
loss of a loving family man and passionate humanitarian who in the words of
many, had lived an "exemplary life." In France, where Newman was wildly popular,
Culture Minister Christine Albanel described the actor as a "giant" of the
His daughter upon leaving their Connecticut home reported "Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special," his daughters said in a written statement. "Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity." In a statement Susan, 55, Stephanie, 54, Elinor, 49, Melissa, 47, and Claire, 43, said: “Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles but the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist. To the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words, ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.’ ” "Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune.
Still, Paul marvelled at his own resilience
after a lifetime of smoking and driving fast cars. Sadly was not be, that the
smoking took its toll eventually. "You can't be as old as I am without waking up
with a surprised look on your face every morning: 'Holy Christ, whaddya know -
I'm still around!' It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and
smoking and the cars and the career."
And despite his obvious frailty towards the end, his friends say the star—never lost the sparkle in those famous baby blue eyes.
Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humour, and humanness. His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall Camps, for which he cared so much.
Newman was an inveterate prankster. He once sawed director George Roy Hill’s desk in half and paid back Robert Altman for exploding a mound of popcorn in his dressing room by breading and deep-frying his favourite deerskin gloves and serving them for supper. The victims’ reactions are not recorded. Oh My! Off the screen, Newman had a taste for beer and was known for his practical jokes. He once had a Porsche installed in Redford's hallway - crushed and covered with ribbons. "I think that my sense of humour is the only thing that keeps me sane," he told Newsweek magazine in a 1994 interview.
During period when masculinity as an idea was under new attack, Paul was a decidedly z masculine man who, because he was also mischievous, humorous, liberal and, of course, sexually magnetic, men and women of a certain stripe thought they would like in real life. Me included!
Paul’s put his success down to a number of simple rules. "Study your craft and know who you are and what's special about you," he once said. "Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society."
Paul was a known Democratic in his political beliefs. Paul was the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, his good-humoured charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts. That incredibly handsome face and solid acting career made him a revered, popular and respected film star.
Paul was also the unknowing model for DC Comics' "Green Lantern" superhero. In the comic book legend, test pilot Hal Jordan meets a dying space alien, who gives Jordan a green ring that grants him superpowers. creator, Gil Kane, envisioned Jordan as a dashing, handsome, high society playboy so why not pick our Paul-- much like the characters that he seemed to be playing in the movies -- do as a result, he drew his hero as if he were drawing Paul Newman. Especially in Green Lantern's earliest adventures, the resemblance is unmistakable.
Paul was said that he never read reviews of his movies. "If they're good you get a fat head and if they're bad you're depressed for three weeks," he said.
He realised early in his career to choose his roles carefully and he then stuck to his beliefs.
Newman was tended to be always fairly dismissive of his acting capability, considering himself “an un-tuned piano”. He claimed never to read his own notices on the grounds that favourable ones would turn his head, while bad ones would leave him depressed for weeks.
Paul’s Oscar winning, charitable heart cool acting style and his warm will be his everlasting legacy. Paul’s more chiselled Greek godliness that, as he aged, hardened into Mount Rushmore, was never to be surgically changed.
Paul worked with some of the Hollywoods greatest directors of the past half century, from Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers.
Yes, Paul’s irresistible grin is gone - so too that unique blue flash in the eye and the stylishly tousled hair.
But as Hollywood mourned Paul Newman on Saturday along with movie fans all over the world, it was clear that this was one star who really lived up to his status as a role model - always gracious, loyal and intelligent rather than spoiled and, fickle.
With neither his looks nor talent he was not a fan of the Hollywood lifestyle and tended not to sign autographs, believing it was offensive.
He appeared in five Broadway productions and in his honour Broadway theatres will dim their lights for one minute on Friday at 8 p.m. curtain time in honour of the late our beloved Paul.
Paul’s strong, classically chiselled and handsome face and those forever piercing blue eyes, he was a heart-throb just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favourite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. "I was always a character actor," he once said. "I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood." NAH!
Paul played youthful rebels, charming rogues, golden-hearted drunks and amoral opportunists in a career that encompassed more than 50 movies. He was one of the most popular and consistently bankable Hollywood stars in the second half of the 20th century. Gee he will be missed by so many.
He was married to Joanne Woodward for 50 years in January 2008 they both celebrated their milestone, becoming one of Hollywoods long lasting marriages. He often joked ‘that he'd never leave her because when you have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?’ They lived in a eighteenth-century farmhouse in Connecticut, whilst maintaining also an apartment in New York City and a house in Malibu. What was the secret to his long marriage? That question was repeated so often that in one of his interviews he simply responded: ``I don't know what she puts in my food.''
He had 3 daughters to Joanne, Claire Newman, Elinor Teresa Newman ("Nell", b. 8-Apr-1959, runs Newman's Own Organics): Melissa Newman (b. 17-Sep-1961)
May you rest now in Peace Paul, pain free!
May you rest now in Peace Paul, pain free!
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