Daily Archives: June 22, 2012
Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) Paul Newman was one busy man and one cool son-of-a-bitch. Actor, director, race car driver, activist and salad dressing mogul (over $330 million to charity) – Paul didn’t sit still for long. Starting in 1956 with a small role in The Silver Chalice, it wasn’t ’til 1958 that he hit the big, big time with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – which he was nominated for best actor. The Hustler followed in ’61 (another nomination). The later ’60’s brought Cool Hand Luke (67) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (69). The 70’s was The Sting (73) and Slapshot (77). Things slowed down a bit for Paul in the 80’s and 90’s, taking supporting roles in the Coen Brothers Hudsucker Proxy and Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition – focusing more on his charitable side and turning the brand Newmans Own into a huge business and continuing to drive race cars – what a guy. He also won his only Oscar in 1986 for Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money, reprising his Hustler role of pool shark, Fast Eddie Felson opposite Tom Cruise (of all people). Married for 50 years to Joanne Woodward, with 5 daughters (no small feat), Paul died in 2008 of lung cancer, leaving a legacy of great films, millions to charity and a strong family.