Monday, September 29, 2008

Paul Newman, Screen Legend

Paul NewmanPaul Newman, one of the most well-known and talented actors of his generation, died on Friday. He accomplished so much during his career that it’s difficult to write a short description. One reference book lists Paul Newman’s occupations as actor, director, producer, screenwriter, philanthropist, chef, and auto racer.

Born January 26, 1925 in Cleveland, OH, Newman was a leading man by 10 years old, starring in a local production of St. George and the Dragon. After studying at the Yale School of Drama, Newman began performing in television plays and his success led to work on Broadway. His film debut in 1955 was the beginning of a storied career that spanned over five decades. He is well-known for his memorable performances in movies such as Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Sting. With a career total of 10 Academy-Award nominations, including a Best-Picture nomination as producer of Rachel, Rachel, he won the Best-Actor award for his portrayal of Fast Eddie Felson in the 1986 film The Color of Money. In 2002, Newman received his 10th Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Road to Perdition.

In addition to his acting career, Paul Newman is well-known for his food company which produces the brand Newman’s Own. The company, which produces over 40 products, donates all its profits to charitable organizations. Newman died at his home near Westport, CT, surrounded by family and friends, including his beloved wife of 50 years, actress Joanne Woodward.

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