Legendary Actor Paul Newman Dies at 83
Billy The Kid. Eddie Felson. Hud Bannon. Cool Hand Luke. Butch Cassidy. Doc Hudson. You've known him by so many names and so many faces and will never forget them. The legendary film icon Paul Newman has passed away at the age of 83. He finally lost his battle with lung cancer and died at his home in Westport, Connecticut yesterday. He retired from acting in 2007 and was last scene on screen in Road to Perdition in 2002, in addition to voicing Doc Hudson in Cars in 2006. However, his legacy will undoubtedly live on forever in one of the most impressive filmographies anyone might ever find. Newman leaves behind his wife of fifty years, actress Joanne Woodward, as well as three children.
Newman was nominated for an Oscar a total of 9 times, starting in 1959 with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. His other nominations include The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Absence of Malice, The Verdict, The Color of Money, Nobody's Fool, and Road to Perdition. He eventually won in 1987 as Fast Eddie Felson in the sequel to The Hustler, titled The Color of Money. In addition to acting, Newman is a humanitarian and businessman with his Newman's Own food empire. A few weeks back when I was reminded of Newman's ailing condition and fight with cancer, I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the first time. I have since not forgotten Newman's wonderful performance and a film that has already changed my life.
"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."