Paul Newman

Paul Newman, the sensitive and handsome film actor who proved to be the most versatile and durable artist of the soul-searching, Method-informed generation of anti-heroes that burst on the screen in the 1950s, died Sept. 26, 2008, at the age of 83 after battling cancer, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Newman didn't look the type to play troubled or neurotic souls. His slim, muscular frame, chiseled features of Greek purity and dazzling blue eyes were made for leading men parts. And, indeed, he played plenty of leading roles, but few were simple characters. His Cool Hand Luke in the Stuart Rosenberg film of the same named bucked society for the hell of it, winning a spot on a Southern work gang for the pointless crime of twisting the heads of parking meters. As the title cowboy in Martin Ritt's "Hud," he resigned himself to a life of dissolution, empty self-interest and amorality, needing but not understanding his urge to rebel against his strict rancher father. His "Fast" Eddie Felson in Robert Rossen's "The Hustler" frittered away a God-given talent for pool for the sake of ego-driven showmanship, and threw away a faithful girlfriend for the sake of ambition. In every role, Mr. Newman won and kept the audience's sympathy with a combination of playful charm and aching vulnerability that became his hallmark.

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  • Also known as: Paul Leonard Newman
  • Born: Jan 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Death: Sep 26, 2008 in Westport, Connecticut

Awards

Theatre World
1953 Theatre World Award Picnic Winner
Tony Award
2003 Actor in a Play Our Town Nominee