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.
- 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.
- Announced in May 2007 that he is retiring from acting. He had previously announced his retirement in 1995, but came back to make four more movies.
- Owns half of the Champ Car (auto racing) team Newman-Haas.
- While campaigning for the Democrats in the 1968 U.S. Presidential election, Newman would rent a Jaguar on the weekends. When he found out that opponent 'Richard Nixon' (qv) , who was known to his naysayers as "Tricky Dick", was renting the same car during the week, Newman left a note in it saying "This clutch is tricky, so you won't have any trouble with it.".
- He and 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) are the only actors to win an Actor Academy Award, an Humanitarian Academy Award and a Special Honorary Academy Award. Sinatra won the Best Supporting Actor Award (1953), Humanitarian Award (1970) and a Special Award (1945, Best Short Subject _The House I Live In (1945)_ (qv)). Newman won the Best Actor Award (1986), the Humanitarian Award (1993) and a Special Award (1985, Lifetime Achievement Award).
- Was nominated 10 times for the Academy Award, including eight times as Best Actor, once as Best Supporting Actor, and once for Best Picture (the latter coming the same year he famously did not receive a Best Director nomination despite having won the then-equally prestigious New York Critics Award as Best Director for _Rachel, Rachel (1968)_ (qv). In the acting field, the only actors with more nominations are 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) with 12 nominations (8 Best Actor and 4 Best Supporting Actor nominations) and 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) (nine Best Actor nominations and 1 Best Supporting Actor nod). On the distaff side, 'Bette Davis' (qv), who was nominated 10 times for an Academy Award, all of them Best Actress nods. 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv), with 12 nods (all in the Best Actress category) and 'Meryl Streep' (qv), with 13 nods (11 in the Best Actress category) have more acting nominations than Newman.
- He was among the celebrities on the famous "Enemies List" kept by President 'Richard Nixon' (qv) during the Watergate scandal.
- Brother of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity