Newman, who had been battling cancer, passed away on Friday, at his home, Newman’s Own Foundation said in a statement from Westport, Connecticut.
Newman was half of one of the most successful showbiz marriages — to Joanne Woodward, whom he married in 1958. He observed that just because he was a sex symbol there was no reason to commit adultery.
“Why would I go out for a hamburger when [I] have steak at home?” he asked.
Newman’s daughters said described him as a devoted husband, a loving father, an adoring grandfather and a dedicated philanthropist.
“Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special,” they said in a statement. “Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.
“Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.'”
Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. His father owned a successful sporting goods store, but young Paul was taken with his mother’s and uncle’s interest in the arts and started acting while still in grade school.
“I wasn’t running toward the theater but running away from the sporting goods store,” he said later.
In recent years, Newman talked about doing another film with his friend Redford, but the two couldn’t settle on a script. In 2007, Newman said he was retiring from acting, saying he’d lost confidence in his abilities. Still, he marveled at his own resilience.
“You can’t be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: ‘Holy Christ, whaddya know – I’m still around!’ It’s absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.”
The Verdict – ( 1981)
Hud – An Unprincipled Man
From the movie The Hustler (1961) this scene is the final game
Paul Newman enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Jan 22, 1943, having attended college at Ohio U., in Athens. Sent to the Navy’s V-12 program to become a pilot, they found he was color blind. So he was made into a radioman , where he qualified as a radioman/gunner in the TBM “Avenger” torpedo bomber, and was sent to the Pacific. While there, his pilot took ill, and Newman was grounded while his squadron suffered heavy losses during a kamikaze attack on his carrier. Operating off the Hollandia, Newman was about 500 miles from the explosion at Hiroshima, then was discharged the following January. He received the American Area Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He attended acting school at Kenyon College on the G.I. Bill.
Wild Thing’s comment…………
He may well be a diehard liberal but he could sure act and drive a race car. He was one of the great in regards to acting and picked well on is movie choices to act in and be a part of .
His politics were not mine, but he did things well, including living far from Hollywood, staying married to the same woman for 50 years, raising a family that’s by show biz standards pretty normal, creating a real business (then giving profits to charities).