83 (passed away Sep. 26th, 2008)
Jan. 26th, 1925
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
5' 9 1/2"
Paul Newman's Main TV Roles
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Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Newman was born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a successful sporting goods store owner. He acted in grade school and high school plays and after being disharged from the navy in 1946 enrolled at Kenyon College. After graduation he spent a year at the Yale Drama School and then headed to New York, where he attended the famed New York Actors Studio. Classically handsome and with a super abundance of sex appeal, television parts came easily and, after his first Broadway appearance in "Picnic" (1953), he was offered a movie contract by Warner Brothers. His first film, The Silver Chalice (1954) was nearly his last. He considered his performance in this costume epic to be so bad that he took out a full-page ad in a trade paper apologizing for it to anyone who might have seen it. He fared much better in his next effort, Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), in which he portrayed boxer Rocky Graziano (I) and drew raves from the critics for his briliant performance. He went on to become one of the top box office draws of the 1960s, starring in such superior films as The Hustler (1961), The Prize (1963), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). He also produced and directed many quality films, including Rachel, Rachel (1968) in which he directed wife Joanne Woodward (I) and which received an Oscar nomination for best picture. Nominated nine times for a best actor Oscar, he finally took one home for his performance as an aging pool shark in The Color of Money (1986). Though well into his 70s as the century drew to a close, Newman still commanded lead roles in films such as Message in a Bottle (1999). He lives with his wife in Westport, Connecticut. A caring and supremely generous man, he is the founder of "Newman's Own" a successful line of food products that has earned in excess of $100 million, every penny of which the philanthropic movie icon has donated to charity. Renowned for his sense of humor, in 1998 he quipped that he was a little embarrassed to see his salad dressing grossing more than his movies.
- 'Otto Preminger' (qv), a Jew himself, cast him in _Exodus (1960)_ (qv) because he wanted someone of Jewish heritage who didn't "look Jewish".
- Appeared on Quigley Publications' annual poll of the Top Ten Money Making Stars 14 times from 1963 to 1986, which ranks him #7 for all-time in appearances in the top 10. He trails 'Bing Crosby' (qv), who made the list 15 times, 'Clark Gable' (qv) (16 appearances on the list), 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv) and 'Tom Cruise' (qv) (18 times each), 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) (21 times) and 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) (25 times).
- He is only one of five performers to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. He played as Fast Eddie Felson in _The Hustler (1961)_ (qv) and _The Color of Money (1986)_ (qv), 'Peter O'Toole (I)' (qv) as Henry II in _Becket (1964)_ (qv) and _The Lion in Winter (1968)_ (qv), 'Al Pacino' (qv) as Michael Corleone for _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv) and _The Godfather: Part II (1974)_ (qv), 'Bing Crosby' (qv) as Father O'Malley in _Going My Way (1944)_ (qv) and _The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)_ (qv) and 'Cate Blanchett' (qv) as Elizabeth I in _Elizabeth (1998)_ (qv) and _Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)_ (qv).
- He and 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) are the only people who were awarded a competitive Oscar, an Honorary Award and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the AMPAS.
- In 2007, his auto racing team, known as Newman-Haas, became Newman/Haas/Lanigan due to Chicago businessman Michael Lanigan becoming a partner.
- Father, with 'Joanne Woodward (I)' (qv), of actress 'Melissa Newman (II)' (qv), 'Nell Potts' (qv), and 'Claire Newman' (qv).
- Within a space of five months in 2003, he was nominated for an Oscar (for _Road to Perdition (2002)_ (qv)), a Tony (for "Our Town") and an Emmy (for _Our Town (2003) (TV)_ (qv)).
- Before he became an actor, Newman ran the family sporting goods store in Cleveland, Ohio.