Legendary Actor Paul Newman Dies at 83

September 27, 2008
Source: CNN

Paul Newman

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."

Paul Newman

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  • L1A
    happy sailing mate!
  • vegeta
    God bless you, Butch. You'll be a legend forever.
  • Newman was an Icon! The Verdict was his greatest performance! Rip!
  • A Legend who truly earned the title, both on and off the screen. We would all be lucky to live 1/4 the life he did. I am not sad for him for dying, I am sad for us for no longer having him around.
  • MGB
    Sad. He is not only a loss to the movie world, but also to humanity. He supported so many charities that he was the ultimate humanitarian. Here's to a new star that will shine in the heavens tonight!
  • D-9
    RIP Sir, and thank you for sharing your craft with the World.
  • Red Buttons
    CHL was defining and it is sad to lose him. Rest in Peace.
  • Joker
    RIP Mr. Newman The Color of Money was a sequal to The Hustler not Hud.
    The Color of Money was the sequel to The Hustler not Hud. May this great man rest in peace.
  • chichiro miyasaki
    bye baby blue eyes.
  • BobbyB
    A very sad day, indeed! One of the best actors in history and, more importantly, a great humanitarian, devoted husband and father, and an icon! RIP, Paul. $175 million to charities, supporter of anti-drug films and anti-war beliefs, and a definitive legend. Not to mention married to the same woman for 50 years. How often does THAT happen in Hollywood?
  • The Delightful Deviant
    i just read it, i was just thinking about him not too long ago. R.I.P Mr. Newman
  • MBD
  • Tyler
    Gonna miss Reggie Dunlop. The man was one of a kind.
  • Was great in Cool Hand Luke, even as a jaded teeneager I loved that film. Had a good innings though, and seemed to be still doing stuff too, shame.
  • Spider
    Loved Paul Newman! He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Mr. Newman! I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Newman's family!
  • Ajax
    RIP Paul. Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite movies, and The Sting is pretty awesome too. He will be missed
  • Hisheirness
    Fast Eddie Felson, you were one of a kind. You will be missed.
  • atgeeks
    he was a great actor and and old school master I raise a toast. and as far as #11 I agree, married to the same woman for that long, the "new school" of hollywood should take notice " why should I mess around with hamburger when I have steak at home" GOD BLESS YOU PAUL NEWMAN! YOUR AN INSPIRATION.
  • heckle
    so weird I was just watching cool hand luke this week.
  • L
    Going to pop in Slap Shot, b/c it seems like the best thing to see right now.
  • Pablo Justiniano
    Job well done... Thats the way to go.
  • I have always admired Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways... His Newman's Own line is high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes, win-win




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