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."
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
happy sailing mate!
L1A on Sep 27, 2008
God bless you, Butch. You'll be a legend forever.
vegeta on Sep 27, 2008
Newman was an Icon! The Verdict was his greatest performance! Rip!
entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com on Sep 27, 2008
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.
kevjohn on Sep 27, 2008
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!
MGB on Sep 27, 2008
RIP Sir, and thank you for sharing your craft with the World.
D-9 on Sep 27, 2008
CHL was defining and it is sad to lose him. Rest in Peace.
Red Buttons on Sep 27, 2008
RIP Mr. Newman The Color of Money was a sequal to The Hustler not Hud.
Joker on Sep 27, 2008
The Color of Money was the sequel to The Hustler not Hud. May this great man rest in peace.
CJMITCHELL on Sep 27, 2008
bye baby blue eyes.
chichiro miyasaki on Sep 27, 2008
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?
BobbyB on Sep 27, 2008
i just read it, i was just thinking about him not too long ago. R.I.P Mr. Newman
The Delightful Deviant on Sep 27, 2008
MBD on Sep 27, 2008
Gonna miss Reggie Dunlop. The man was one of a kind.
Tyler on Sep 27, 2008
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.
Crapola on Sep 27, 2008
Loved Paul Newman! He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Mr. Newman! I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Newman's family!
Spider on Sep 27, 2008
RIP Paul. Cool Hand Luke is one of my favorite movies, and The Sting is pretty awesome too. He will be missed
Ajax on Sep 27, 2008
Fast Eddie Felson, you were one of a kind. You will be missed.
Hisheirness on Sep 27, 2008
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.
atgeeks on Sep 28, 2008
so weird I was just watching cool hand luke this week.
heckle on Sep 28, 2008
Going to pop in Slap Shot, b/c it seems like the best thing to see right now.
L on Sep 28, 2008
Job well done... Thats the way to go.
Pablo Justiniano on Sep 29, 2008
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
movie fan on Oct 12, 2008
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