Paul Newman

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Paul Newman
Paul Newman Harper.jpg
Paul Newman in c.1950s
Paul Leonard Newman

(1925-01-26)January 26, 1925
DiedSeptember 26, 2008(2008-09-26) (aged 83)
Cause of deathLung cancer
  • Actor
  • film director
  • race car driver
  • entrepreneur
Years active1953–2008
Children1 son (deceased), 5 daughters
  • Arthur Newman
  • Theresa (née Fetzer)
AwardsAcademy Honorary Award
1985 Lifetime Achievement
Best Actor
1986 The Color of Money
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
1994 Outstanding Contributions to Humanitarian Causes
Best Actor in a Leading Role
1961 The Hustler
Outstanding Supporting Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
2005 Empire Falls
Most Promising Newcomer - Male
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me ; The Rack
Best Director - Motion Picture
1968 Rachel, Rachel
Cecil B. DeMille Award
1984 Lifetime Achievement
Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
2005 Empire Falls
Life Achievement Award
1986 Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
2005 Empire Falls
Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1958 The Long, Hot Summer
NBR Award for Best Actor
1986 The Color of Money
NSFC Award for Best Actor
1994 Nobody's Fool
NYFCC Award for Best Director
1968 Rachel, Rachel
NYFCC Award for Best Actor
1994 Nobody's Fool
PFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Road to Perdition
Silver Bear for Best Actor
1994 Nobody's Fool
Walk of Fame - Motion Picture
7060 Hollywood Blvd

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, race car driver 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. Although Paul Newman was not a Jew by Orthodox Jewish standards 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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