Paul Newman Dies of Cancer

BREAKING: Legendary actor Paul Newman has died of cancer at the age of 83. His philanthropic foundation has issued a statement:

Paul Newman’s craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all.

Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one’s life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance.

An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman’s Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million.

AP:

A spokeswoman for screen legend Paul Newman says the actor has died at age 83. Spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic says Newman died Friday of cancer. No other details were immediately available.

Newman was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times, winning a regular Oscar in 1987 for “The Color of Money” and two honorary ones. He was equally at home in comedies such as “The Sting” and dramas such as “Hud.” He sometimes teamed with his wife, Joanne Woodward, also an Oscar winner for the 1957 film “Three Faces of Eve.”

Jenny Percival, The Guardian:

Paul Newman The Hustler Newman initially tried to play down concerns about his health after reports that he was undergoing cancer treatment in New York. But AE Hotchner, who helped create the successful Newman’s Own food company in 1982, confirmed in June that the actor had been ill for 18 months. “It’s a form of cancer, and he’s dealing with it. Paul is a fighter,” Hotchner told the Associated Press.

All proceeds from Newman’s Own salad dressings and snacks go to charity, and the actor has become a leading advocate for corporate philanthropy. Fox news reported this week that Newman gave away $120m during 2005 and 2006.

Newman is best known for his leading roles in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which he played opposite longtime friend Robert Redford.

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Comments

  1. Eneils Bailey says:

    Hope his family does well.

    He was a good, not consistently very good, not consistently great in my opinion. He deserves the awards he received for selected roles.

    Good to Very Good to Great is in the eyes of the beholder. To me, he spanned the spectrum.

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  3. tom p says:

    Eneils: But he was alway at his best, playing the guy who just didn’t quite fit into any of the normal boxes.

    Cool Hand Luke
    The Hustler
    HUD

    Roles that are once in a lifetime, and he had 3, maybe more? (The Sting, and “BC and SK” are good movies… but I don’t think they did him justice)

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