Monday, September 29, 2008


PAUL NEWMAN is being remembered by movie fans and Hollywood stars as a talented actor who used his fame to raise millions of dollars for terminally ill children. Newman died of cancer Friday at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

The 10-time Academy Award nominee is survived by his longtime wife, actress JOANNE WOODWARD, and five daughters, including two from a previous marriage to actress JACQUELINE WITTE.

Newman's son from that marriage died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978. Newman was married to Woodward for 50 years.

Paul Newman was born in Cleveland. After serving in World War 2, he graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and later studied acting at Yale University's School of Drama. He made his film debut in the 1954 movie, The Silver Chalice, but hated the project so much, he took out a full page ad in Variety to apologize for it.

His movie career got back on track playing boxer ROCKY GRAZIANO in the 1956 film Somebody Up There Likes Me. His acting resume includes more than 50 films, including such classics as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Color of Money, Absence of Malice, Slapshot, The Verdict, The Road to Perdition and the animated hit, Cars, which was his final film.

Back in 1986, Hollywood apparently felt bad about Newman receiving seven Academy Award nominations without a win, and recognized him with an honorary Oscar for his "compelling screen performances." One year later, he finally won a best acting Oscar, playing pool shark Fast Eddie Felson opposite TOM CRUISE in The Color of Money, a sequel to Newman's 1961 film The Hustler. Newman received a second honorary Oscar in 1994 for his charitable work.

Newman started his Newman's Own Foundation in 1982, and over the years, through the sale of salad dressing, popcorn, pasta sauce and other food products, has raised more than 250 million dollars for charity. Newman sponsors 11 Hole-The-Wall Camps around the world for children battling cancer. He named the camps after his gang's hiding place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The actor turned to the sport of auto racing in the 1970s and was part of a three-driver team that came in second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. He told People magazine racing was the best way to get away from all the, quote, "rubbish of Hollywood." In 1983, he started his own team, which over the years has won 107 races and IndyCar Series championships.

Newman was liberal when it came to politics, actively endorsed civil rights and strongly protested the Vietnam War. He even ended up on then PRESIDENT NIXON's so-called "Enemies List," which Newman liked to say was one of his proudest achievements.

Here's a list of movies for which Paul Newman received Academy Award Nominations:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958
The Hustler, 1961
Hud, 1963
Cool Hand Luke, 1967
Rachel, Rachel, 1968
Absence of Malice, 1981
The Verdict, 1982
The Color of Money, 1986 (won)
Nobody's Fool, 1994
Road to Perdition, 2002

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