Acting Legend Paul Newman dies

by Joey Paur



Wow. I am sorry to report to you this morning that sparkling, blue eyes actor Paul Newman has passed away after a long battle with caner. He was 83 years old. This guy was a film legend and has been in some of the best movies ever made. 'Butch Casssidy and the Sundance Kid', 'The Sting', 'Hud', 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'The Color of Money' which he won an Academy Award for. He was nominated for several more. Here are some things I found out about the man that tell you a little bit about who he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed.

 


  • Chosen by Empire magazine in 1995 as #12 in the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.

  • Said that he burned his tuxedo on his 75th birthday because he is through with formality.

  • Says the sound he loves most is that of a V-8 engine.

  • 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.

  • Ranked #19 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October of 1997.

  • Has his own line of food products, "Newman's Own", featuring mainly spaghetti sauces and salad dressings. The company has made more than $100 million in profits over the years, all of which he has donated to various charities.

  • Owns half of the Champ Car (auto racing) team Newman-Haas.

  • Awarded an honorary Oscar in 1994 in recognition of his charity work.

  • Father, with Joanne Woodward, of actress Melissa Newman, Nell Potts, and Claire (Clea) Newman.

  • Before he became an actor, Newman ran the family sporting goods store in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Chosen by People magazine in 1990 as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.

  • He was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of superhero Green Lantern/Hal Jordan.

  • Finished second in the 1979 Le Mans 24-hour race in a Porsche 935.

  • He was among the celebrities on the famous "Enemies List" kept by President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

  • Was training to be a pilot while in the Navy, but was discovered to be color-blind, ending his flying aspirations.

  • Was so ashamed of his debut in the failed costume drama The Silver Chalice (1954), that he took out an ad in Variety apologizing for his performance.

  • He was voted the 13th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

  • The 4th nomination on Empire Magazine's "Gods Among Us" series along with Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, and Jack Nicholson.

  • Lee Strasberg, who trained Newman at the Actor's Studio, said that he would have been as great an actor as Marlon Brando 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.

  • Stumped the U.S. for Eugene McCarthy 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.

  • Early in his acting career, he was often mistaken for Marlon Brando. He claims to have signed around 500 autographs reading, "Best wishes, Marlon Brando."

  • In 2005 Premiere Magazine ranked him as the #6 Greatest Movie Star of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature.

  • He was nominated for nine acting Academy Awards in five different decades - the 1950s (Best Lead Actor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)), 1960s (Best Lead Actor for The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963) and Cool Hand Luke (1967)), the 1980s (Best Lead Actor for Absence of Malice (1981), The Verdict (1982) and The Color of Money (1986) winning for this last film), the 1990s (Best Lead Actor for Nobody's Fool (1994)) and finally in 2002's Road to Perdition (2002) for Best Supporting Actor.

  • Has said he did not want his epitaph to say two things: "Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown" and "Here lies the old man who wasn't a part of his time." -1960's.

  • Godfather of Jake Gyllenhaal.

  • 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 , 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.".

  • Prior to filming The Hustler (1961) , Newman lacked talent at playing pool. But after brushing up on it for the role, he felt very confident in his ability. So he bet co-star Jackie Gleason $50 on a game of pool. Being the excellent pool player he was, Gleason beat Newman. Instead of paying him in dollar bills, Newman dumped $50 worth of pennies on the table for Gleason to take.

  • After being asked so many times what the secret was to being married so long to Joanne Woodward, he was asked yet again and simply responded, "I don't know what she puts in my food".

  • Became a rear gunner of a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber when his color blindness disqualified him from being a pilot.


Now Here are a Ton of quotes from the man, this guy just seemed like a great guy:


  • On adultery: "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?"

  • In response to radio interviewer who asked if he would co-star with Robert Redford in sequel to Indecent Proposal (1993) "Like a rocket!...I'd shack up with anyone for a million dollars. I'd shack up with a gorilla for a million, plus 10 percent."

  • "You should see us when we get back to the bedroom." [on the success of Newman-Woodward collaborations, 1974]

  • In 1982: "Acting is like letting your pants down - you're exposed."

  • The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

  • On philanthropy: "You can only put away so much stuff in your closet".

  • I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts.

  • If I ever feel like I'm doing something I've done before, I scrap it and start over again.

  • When I realized I was going to have to be a whore, to put my face on the label, I decided that the only way I could do it was to give away all the money we make. Over the years, that ethical stance has given us a 30 per cent boost. One in three customers buys my products because all the profits go to good causes and the rest buy the stuff because it is good.

  • It's all been a bad joke that just ran out of control. I got into food for fun but the business got a mind of its own. Now - my good Lord - look where it has gotten me. My products are on supermarket shelves, in cinemas, in the theater. And they say show business is odd.

  • I like racing but food and pictures are more thrilling. I can't give them up. In racing you can be certain, to the last thousandth of a second, that someone is the best, but with a film or a recipe, there is no way of knowing how all the ingredients will work out in the end. The best can turn out to be awful and the worst can be fantastic. Cooking is like performing and performing like cooking.

  • I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.

  • [Talking about Alfred Hitchcock]: "I think Hitch and I could have really hit it off, but the script kept getting in the way".

  • You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: 'Holy Christ, whaddya know - I'm still around!' It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.

  • I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.

  • If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.

  • Every time I get a script it's a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It's like falling in love. You can't give a reason why.

  • For those of you who like to scarf your popcorn in the sack, the good news is that Newman's Own contains an aphrodisiac.

  • Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

  • I started my career giving a clinic in bad acting in the film, The Silver Chalice (1954) and now I'm playing a crusty old man who's an animated automobile [in Cars (2006)]. That's a creative arc for you isn't it?.

  • I never ask my wife about my flaws. Instead I try to get her to ignore them and concentrate on my sense of humor. You don't want any woman to look under the carpet, guys, because there's lots of flaws underneath. Joanne believes my character in a film we did together, 'Mr. and Mrs. Bridge' comes closest to who I really am. I personally don't think there's one character who comes close . . . but I learned a long time ago not to disagree on things that I don't have a solid opinion about.

  • "Study your craft and know who you are and what's special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society." - his advice to young actors just starting out

  • I've repeatedly said that for people as little in common as Joanne and myself, we have an uncommonly good marriage. We are actors. We make pictures and that's about all we have in common. Maybe that's enough. Wives shouldn't feel obligated to accompany their husbands to a ball game, husbands do look a bit silly attending morning coffee breaks with the neighborhood wives when most men are out at work. Husbands and wives should have separate interests, cultivate different sets of friends and not impose on the other...You can't spend a lifetime breathing down each other's necks.

  • Twenty-five years ago I couldn't walk down the street without being recognized. Now I can put a cap on, walk anywhere and no one pays me any attention. They don't ask me about my movies and they don't ask me about my salad dressing because they don't know who I am. Am I happy about this? You bet.

  • I've been accused of being aloof. I'm not. I'm just wary.

  • [What wife Joanne Woodward thinks of his love for racing] She thinks competitive driving is the silliest thing in the world. It is also very scary for her, and she doesn't much care for it.

  • The first time I remember women reacting to me was when we were filming Hud (1963) in Texas. Women were literally trying to climb through the transoms at the motel where I stayed. At first, it's flattering to the ego. At first. Then you realize that they're mixing me up with the roles I play - characters created by writers who have nothing to do with who I am.

  • I had no natural gift to be anything--not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches--not anything. So I've worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me.

  • "Better than Montana ... and my wife and I found a nice cemetery here." [Why he decided to stay in Connecticut]

  • "It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, 'I'm terribly sorry. I'm tired."' [After winning his first Oscar after so many losses]

  • That I survived the first film I did [The Silver Chalice (1954)] was extraordinarily good fortune. I mean, I had dogs chasing me down the street. I was wearing this tiny little Greek cocktail dress - with *my* legs! Good Lord, it was really bad. In fact, it was the worst film made in the 1950s. My first review said that 'Mr. Newman delivers his lines with the emotional fervor of a Putnam stop conductor announcing local stop'.

  • I can remember in my high-school days and I kept thinking to myself: "Now, why did those actors go out in public after a certain age?" I mean, why would they wanna blow this image they'd worked so hard and allow themselves to be photographed? They should have just stayed at home and stayed young and youthful. And now it's there for everybody to look at - all our words, stuttering, and bad posture. All those things that should never happen, really. Well, times change. Yeah, it ain't so bad!

  • "We are very, very different people and yet somehow we fed off those varied differences and instead of separating us, it has made the whole bond a lot stronger." -on his marriage to Joanne.

  • After the success of "Picnic", I had a lot of offers from Hollywood and I never accepted any of them. Finally, my agent said 'you know, they're going to keep knocking on your door and knocking on your door and at some point they're going to stop. So you better make sure you say *yes* before that stop occurs.' That was when somebody sent me a copy of "The Silver Chalice" and I got talked into it. I knew that was going to be a bomb." - explaining why he chose to do "The Silver Chalice.

  • [Robert Redford on Paul Newman] He tells the worst jokes. And that wouldn't be so bad if he didn't keep repeating them over and over. - 2005.

  • I picture my epitaph: 'Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.'

  • "I think I get a very unfortunate view of the press. I think of what is written about me, about 5% of it is accurate. I'm not comfortable with them, they're not comfortable with me. I certainly am not comfortable with photographers. -1970's

  • [Talking about his days as a member of the Actor's Studio] "I remember someone who helped me a lot in my early days. We were just rehearsing a scene and I remember she stopped me with an absolute rifle shot of a clap and grabbed my shirt and said 'You are not thinking, you are just thinking you are thinking.' And if you watch actors, you can tell those who don't necessarily indicate in broad strokes what's going on, but you can really see in their eyes that they are going through a process."

  • I'm always puzzled by this talk about star...image. I think there's people who are writers or barbers or mechanics or race car drivers that have certain recognizable personalities, and I don't think just because they happen to be on the screen that it makes them any more exceptional.

  • I will continue to get behind the wheel of a racing car as long as I am able. But that could all end tomorrow...

  • In the early days of films, the movie star in this country replaced royalty. They've been demoted since then but they're still treated as beings larger than life.

  • A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs.

  • Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experiences.

  • Almost everything I learned about being an actor came from those early years at the Actor's Studio.

  • I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman, there's a spirit that takes action, a heart, and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes.

  • I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

  • I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried - who tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.

  • A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

  • Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

  • Once I started taking drama classes, I asked myself why I had ever wasted so much time on a football team.

  • As long as my heart continues to beat, I think I will continue.

  • Acting isn't really a creative process, it's an interpretative one.

  • The characters I have the least in common with are the ones I have the greatest success with. The further a role is from my own experience, the more I try to deepen it.

  • To be an actor, you have to be a child.

  • Joanne has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavors, and that includes my race car driving, which she deplores. To me, that's love.

  • Robert Redford on Newman: "He has the attention span of a bolt of lightning."

  • You can't stop being a citizen just because you have a Screen Actors' Guild card.

  • Ever since "Slapshot" I've been swearing more. I knew I had a problem one day when I turned to my daughter and said: 'Would you please pass the fucking salt?'.

  • I wasn't driven to acting by an inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

  • I'm not able to work anymore as an actor and still at the level that I would want to. I'm just, you know, you start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me.

  • I have a face that does not belong to a thief. [When asked why he thinks he became so successful as an actor]

  • "I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the same time, and that's probably, if I have a gift, that's probably the best gift that's given me." (2007)

  • Speaking of a $10 million donation he made to his alma mater: "I owe Kenyon College a great deal. I even started my first business, a laundry service, there, and I depended on the extra $60 a week."

  • [On Julie Andrews] The last of the really great dames.

  • [On Tom Cruise] He's got a lot of actor's courage. He doesn't mind climbing up there and jumping off. It's nice to watch that.

  • [On Henry Fonda] If I can be like Henry Fonda, then I look forward to aging to sixty and beyond -- and not just because Hank finally won the Oscar he deserved. He was a good character actor and a good actor in the American tradition of playing variations on oneself.

  • It'd be lunatic to try to get into politics at my age. I don't think I'd have the stomach for it. I wish I felt a little more comfortable about the direction that we're going. It does not seem to be of the people, by the people and for the people. It seems to be about something else completely different. I think part of it is the media's fault for not being more aggressive and persistent and nasty and I think it's the people's fault for not paying attention. That's not a good combination. It allows people in government to do pretty much what they want. (2005)

  • Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing. it's hard to take yourself seriously.

 

 

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