I was saddened by the news that legendary Hollywood actor Paul Newman has died from cancer at the age of eighty three. Newman was truly one of the last great movie legends. I remember joining my school Film Club at the age of 11, some thirty eight years ago, and watching in awe Paul Newman in the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke” – who can forget the hard boiled eggs?
Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1925, Newman served in the Navy during World War II, after which he attended Yale Drama School, and the New York Actors’ Studio, before being signed up by Warner Brothers Studios.
Although many will remember his pairing with Robert Redford for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, real Newman fans will recall his on screen chemistry with real life wife Joanne Woodward in “Long Hot Summer” – it’s incredible that the movie was released fifty years ago.
He took a ‘career break in the 1970s to pursue motor racing. His talent in this direction won him second place in the 1979 Le Mans 24 hour race.
Newman won three, but was actually nominated for ten Oscars across the sixty movies he made. But in later life he was better known for his charitable works – in 1988 he co-founded “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp”, an international charity providing camping holidays for children suffering from cancer. His “Newman’s Own” food company, over fifteen years donated every penny of its £200,000,000 after tax profits to charity.
One of the truly great heroes of Hollywood – goodbye to another legend.