Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Age
83 (passed away Sep. 26th, 2008)
Birthday
Jan. 26th, 1925
Born in
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Height
5' 9 1/2"

Paul Newman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Empire Falls TV Show
Empire Falls
Iconoclasts TV Show
Iconoclasts
The Joe Palooka Story TV Show
The Joe Palooka Story
Appointment with Adventure TV Show
Appointment with Adventure
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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BIOGRAPHY:

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.


TRIVIA:
  • Stumped the U.S. for 'Eugene McCarthy (II)' (qv) during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 1968. Newman made the cover of LIFE Magazine with a McCarthy pin on his jacket on the May 10th, 1968 issue.
  • Father-in-law to Gary Irving (husband of Elinor "Nell" Newman), Raphael "Raphe" Elkind (husband of Melissa "Lissy" Newman) and Kurt Soderlund (husband of Claire "Clea" Newman).
  • When Premiere Magazine does a list of 24 Great Performances from each year, they often ask the actors who their idols are. Newman has been the most frequently cited idol so far.
  • His father, Arthur, died in 1950 at the age of 55 and his mother, Theresa, died in 1982 at the age of 86.
  • For a Mother's Day gift, he gave wife 'Joanne Woodward (I)' (qv) 2 hours of uninterrupted driving around the roads of Westport, Connecticut that they had never seen before.
  • His first wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" Witte, was born in September 1929.
  • He and his daughter 'Nell Potts' (qv) were supposed to be in _Paper Moon (1973)_ (qv) in the leading roles, but this changed when original director 'John Huston (I)' (qv) bowed out and was replaced by 'Peter Bogdanovich' (qv).
  • Was director 'Robert Wise (I)' (qv)'s first pick for the lead in _The Sand Pebbles (1966)_ (qv), eventually played by 'Steve McQueen (I)' (qv), who won his only Oscar nomination for the role. Wise had earlier directed Newman in _Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)_ (qv) and _Until They Sail (1957)_ (qv).


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