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Paul Newman 1925-2008

From the LA Times:

Paul Newman, the legendary movie star and irreverent cultural icon who created a model philanthropy fueled by profits from a salad dressing that became nearly as famous as he was, has died. He was 83.

Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Conn., after a long battle with cancer, publicist Jeff Sanderson said.

Nominated eight times for Academy Awards in the best-actor category, Newman won only once, for “The Color of Money” (1986), in which he reprised the role of “Fast” Eddie Felson that he originated in 1961’s “The Hustler.” He also took home honorary Oscars in 1985 for career achievement and in 1993 for his humanitarian efforts. In later years, however, he boycotted awards shows despite continuing Oscar, Emmy and Tony nominations. He claimed he no longer owned a tuxedo.

…In real life, Newman was “the quintessence of class, courtly without being old-fashioned,” said Victor Navasky, editor of the Nation, a scrappy liberal magazine in which Newman invested and wrote occasional columns. Private and complex, Newman was also a beer-loving, mischievous prankster and an idealist who took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam.

…Friends said Newman abhorred what he called “noisy philanthropy.” He felt the awards and honors offered him were excessive and once declined a national medal in a letter to President Clinton, calling such recognition “honorrhea.”

Paul Newman is the epitome of a classy guy. My grandfather is the greatest granddad on the planet, but other than him, it is a close race between Paul Newman and Morgan Freeman for who would be the coolest granddad ever if there was like a fantasy draft of granddads. He was an all around good guy, an everyman who loved living life. He was pretty much successful at just about everything he ever did, but he also “gave back” 10-fold.We can all learn a thing or two from Mr. Newman. Take a look at his imdb, and see all that he did, but then check out his wikipedia to really see the true mark of the man. The world needs more people like Paul Newman

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  1. January 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Paul Newman is a legend for his work in movies, and he’s a stud for all his work outside of movies

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