Acting Legend Paul Newman Dead at the Age of 83 … Rest in Peace


Paul Newman, 1925-2008

Movie and acting legend Paul Newman has died age 83. According to reports, Paul Paul_NewmanNewman died Friday night at his Westport, CT home from cancer. Whether he was Fast Eddie Felson, Hud Bannon, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy … Paul Newman was one of my all time favorite actors and will be truly missed. The classic films that Paul Newman was in are too numerous to name.  God bless and may he rest in eternal peace.

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.”

My own  personal remembrance and Paul Newman moment: I once had the opportunity to meet Paul Newman in Westport, CT in the 1990’s. The chance meeting is probably one of the main reasons why I have such admiration for Paul Newman. Paul Newman was as close to normal as it gets for a man in his position.  Actually, both he an Robert Redford came into a clothing store that I was shopping in near closing time, to my surprise. I nearly dropped the suits I was holding when I saw them walk in the door and near the counter. At that point the store owners had thought that us “common folk” had left. To their surprise there was two of us still in the store as they attempted to whisk people out as they did not want customers bothering Paul Newman and Redford. As Paul Newman walked closer he looked over and said to me and the owner, “excuse me are you done shopping, if not I see no reason why he needs to leave. I think he may need a pair of pants just like me.” Tongue tied at that point, I said to Paul Newman, “Thanks, I am a huge fan and I think I will let you have some shopping time to yourself … I am sure that no one thought anyone was still here, it’s an honor sir.” Mr. Newman walked over, shook my hand and said thanks as Robert Redford smiled in the back ground. Paul Newman had a presence, a cool confidence and a way about him that lit up a room. Thank you Paul Newman for all that you are …


Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, one of my favorite star couples of all time

Paul Newman, the death of a Legend

Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

Paul Newman was a man’s man and did it all from film star to racing driver to charitable entrepreneur. They just do not make them like Butch Cassidy any more these days.


Paul Newman & Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Press Release:

WESTPORT, Conn., Sept 27, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Remembering the life and legacy of Paul Newman, Newman’s Own Foundation has issued a statement. The statement, from Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester, follows:

“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.

Hollywood movie legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer.

Westport Now discusses the live and passing of one of their own … the one and only Paul Newman.

UPDATE I: Newman’s Own Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Their Founder

We celebrate the inspirational life of our founder Paul L. Newman and honor his legacy with our dedication to the continued success of Newman’s Own.

For 25 years, we at Newman’s Own have had a front row seat to watch Paul’s entrepreneurial brilliance, humor, and compassion at work helping those in need. Our company motto, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good,” was Paul’s vision for Newman’s Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Acting Legend Paul Newman Dead at the Age of 83 … Rest in Peace”

    1. Scared Monkeys on September 27th, 2008 8:55 am

      They just don’t make them like Cool Hand Luke anymore.

      Not just an actor … Paul Newman far transcended Hollywood. He became much larger than that as he walked the walk …

    2. byers on September 27th, 2008 9:22 am

      i detested watching the appointed hero john wayne. however, at 14 i discovered paul newman, my idea of a hero. as he aged he became more my hero when he stood and spoke infrequently, but when he did, it mattered. as he quietly went about helping those less fortunate he became still more my hero. come to think of it, he was one of my few hero’s in this life.

      paul newman

    3. A New Girl on September 27th, 2008 9:48 am

      Another little diddy about Paul Newman. My Brother-in-Law was the chef at an upscale Italian restaraunt in CT, close to the town where Newman lived. He was known to frequent the restaraunt sometimes alone–sometimes with his Wife Jooanne and ask for a certain dish.

      My Brother-in-Law met and spoke with him several times, as Mr. Newman also took the time to personally compliment the chef on his cooking. My Brother in Law said he was always unassuming and nice, and he loved it when he took his sunglasses off and revealed those beautiful “baby blues” he was so famous for. The restaraunt was small and quaint- so apparently Mr. Newman didn’t seem to mind the occasional fan approaching him for an autograph while he dined. Always gracious.

      Yes, Real man, real nice, a true Hollywood legend. He will be missed.

    4. brie. on September 27th, 2008 11:42 am

      I don’t think I missed a movie…my favorite was “The Sting” with he and Robert Redford…great movie…it’s not like today, you go to the theater, watch the movie and want your money back….

      It’s so saddening to lose the people we have loved and have given so much…

    5. Maggie on September 27th, 2008 2:14 pm

      Hollywood talent today couldn’t touch the Hollywood of yesterday.. very few actors, actresses or movies come close to what Hollywood once was. Loved Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” “The Hustler” “The Color of Money” “Message in a Bottle” and I could go on and on.. Another one of his “newer” ones was Nobody’s Fool , with Jessica Tandy(loved her too).

      A few years ago I heard him talking about maybe doing one more movie before he retired.. He said if he did it would be with Redford, perhaps a continue of Butch Cassidy.. but sadly was never to be.

      Never met Newman, but did see him at a distance at the Indianapolis 500 years ago.. He and Carl Haas were a team with drivers in the 500 like Michael Andretti and Mario. Newman came to the Motorway years ago to do a movie called “Winning” and fell in love with the sport. My sister’s brother in law is on another team in the 500, he is the accountant.. He has met him. This year Newman came back to the race, after being gone since 1995..

      He grew up in a well to do family in Ohio.. He said he wanted to help kids less fortunate. 250 million plus to charity from his food company.

      I heard him make the statement about Joanne Woodward once about why he didn’t cheat, he said why settle for hamburger, when you got steak at home.

      My thoughts and prayers to his family.. and God Speed Paul Newman..

    6. bob on September 28th, 2008 12:40 am


      How crazy are you? John Wayne is just an “appointed hero” as you say, but Newman was a true hero?

      Newman was a commie/lib enemy of both America and the US constitution. John Wayne, a true patriot, opposed all the leftest/Marxist treasonous activism of Paul Newman and his Hollywood cohorts.

    7. movie fan on October 16th, 2008 9:58 pm

      it’s hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman’s Own line–high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes… very smart.

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