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.
- Was named the #1 Box Office Star by Quigley Publications in its annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll of movie exhibitors two years in a row, 1969 and 1970. Newman had been #2 in 1968 and #3 in '67 and would rank #3 in both 1971 and '74. Newman, who entered the list for the first time in 1963 at #9 and the last time in 1986 at #10, has made the list 17 times.
- 'Lee Strasberg' (qv), who trained Newman at the Actor's Studio, said that he would have been as great an actor as 'Marlon Brando' (qv) if he hadn't been so handsome. According to Strasberg, Newman had the talent, but he too often relied on his good looks to coast through a role.
- After being asked so many times what the secret was to being married so long to 'Joanne Woodward (I)' (qv), he was asked yet again and simply responded, "I don't know what she puts in my food".
- As of 2007, he is one of six directors who has directed his wife to a Best Actress Oscar nomination ('Joanne Woodward (I)' (qv) in _Rachel, Rachel (1968)_ (qv)). The other five are 'Joel Coen' (qv) directing 'Frances McDormand' (qv) in _Fargo (1996)_ (qv), 'John Cassavetes (I)' (qv) directing 'Gena Rowlands' (qv) in _A Woman Under the Influence (1974)_ (qv) & _Gloria (1980)_ (qv), 'Blake Edwards' (qv) directing 'Julie Andrews (I)' (qv) in _Victor Victoria (1982)_ (qv), 'Paul Czinner' (qv) directing 'Elisabeth Bergner' (qv) in _Escape Me Never (1935)_ (qv) and 'Richard Brooks (I)' (qv) directing 'Jean Simmons (I)' (qv) in _The Happy Ending (1969)_ (qv). 'Jules Dassin' (qv) also directed his future wife 'Melina Mercouri' (qv) in an Oscar-nominated performance (_Pote tin Kyriaki (1960)_ (qv)), but they weren't married yet at the time of the nomination.
- Donated $1 million to "The Nation" magazine in order to keep it going.
- Became a rear gunner of a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber when his color blindness disqualified him from being a pilot.
- Owns The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children with cancer and other blood-related diesases (and their siblings) in Ashford, Connecticut, and also runs a fall "Discovery" program for inner city kids, also in Ashford.
- His performance as Fast Eddie Felson in _The Hustler (1961)_ (qv) is ranked #64 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).