Paul Newman

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Paul Newman
Newman in 1958
Paul Leonard Newman

(1925-01-26)January 26, 1925
DiedSeptember 26, 2008(2008-09-26) (aged 83)
Cause of deathLung cancer
  • Actor
  • movie director
  • race car driver
  • philanthropist
  • entrepreneur
Years active1949–2007
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1943–1946
Rank Petty Officer Third Class
Awards Navy Good Conduct Medal

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, race car driver, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His mother was a Slovak; his father was a Jew who had one parent from Hungary and the other from Poland. He considered himself Jewish and would have been accepted as one by other Jewish movements.[1]

He was known especially for the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He played Butch Cassidy in the movie. He was married to actress Joanne Woodward. He died of lung cancer in 2008.

Retirement[change | change source]

Newman retired from acting in May 2007. He said "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."[2]

He came out of retirement to narrate the 2007 documentary movie Dale, about the life of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. He also narrated the 2008 BBC documentary Meerkats: The Movie. It was recorded at a studio near his home shortly before his death. The Meerkats was the last movie credit of Newman's long career.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "". Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  2. "Paul Newman quits films after stellar career" Archived 2012-09-04 at, May 27, 2007. Hollywood star Newman to retire,, May 27, 2007.
  3. "French film festival to show Paul Newman's last work". Enjoy France News. 2008-10-06. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2016-05-15.

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