Paul Newman: 1925 - 2008
Sadly, we've lost another legendary actor and humanitarian: Paul Newman. He died Friday from an extended battle with cancer in his Westport, Connecticut home. He was 83.
Where does one even begin when trying to sum up such a long, illustrious career and life both on and off the big screen?
Paul had his Hollywood career start back in the 1950s in theater and television - over the course of his career he was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 3. He has appeared in such classic films as Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hud, and achieved star status for his appearances in The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and of course, The Sting (one of my all time favorite movies).
He kept his handsome looks as he aged and in 1986 reprised his role as "Fast" Eddie Felson in The Color of Money, starring opposite a young Tom Cruise. He has been in far too many films for me to list here.
Eventually his love of fast cars turned him towards professional racing, where he raced at LeMans and Daytona. Outside of acting and racing, he was always very generous towards charities and started up a company to market his oil and vinegar dressing as a joke back in 1982. That "joke" grew into a multi-million dollar business.
Not only that, but he donated ALL of the company's profits to charities - as of last year, over $175 million! That, my friends is an actor who puts his money where is mouth is.
2008 continues to be a brutal year as far as our losing beloved Hollywood people - people who actually made the industry a better place than it seems to be today.
He will be missed and we offer our prayers and condolences to his family.
For a much more extensive biography and list of his achievements, please click on the link below.