Paul Newman, actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was one of the most famous and celebrated actors in Hollywood. He is best known for such films as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "The Hustler", "Cool Hand Luke", and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
Born Paul Leonard Newman on January 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Newman trained at the Actors' Studio in New York, finding success on Broadway as theater actor. Soon after starting his career on the stage, he began receiving film offers from Hollywood. Known for his bright blue eyes as well as the complex, offbeat characters he portrayed, Newman went on to enjoy a long and successful acting career filled with memorable roles. He is the recipient of numerous awards including two Academy Awards (one honorary), four Golden Globes, and one Emmy.
Paul Newman died September 26, 2008 in Westport Connecticut, leaving behind a legacy of philanthropy with his Newman's Own Foundation pledging 100% of profits to charity, in addition to a considerable acting career spanning five decades.
In celebration of his life, here are a few top picks for fans of Paul Newman.
An entertaining look at the life of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, told in great detail, from his long lasting marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, to his love for racing.
Arguably one of his most memorable roles, Newman portrays "Fast" Eddie Felson as a self-destructive pool shark obsessed with being the best at the game.
Based loosely on real-life events, this film starring Newman as a wild west outlaw opposite Robert Redford was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2003 for its cultural and historic significance.
Newman reprises his role as "Fast" Eddie Felson. This time receiving an Academy Award as an aging hustler attempting to mentor Tom Cruise's Vincent Lauria in the art of the hustle.
Originally based on a graphic novel, the film features Newman in his last major film appearance as an Irish Mob Boss.