Date of birth
26th January, 1925
Date of death
26th September, 2008
Paul Newman (born 26.01.1925 )
Paul Newman was an American actor and film director, most famous for his role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. During a career that spanned six decades, he gained numerous awards including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award, amongst others. Newman was also an entrepreneur and humanitarian; by 2008, his food company 'Newman's Own' had raised $250 million for charity. He was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1994 for his charity work and philanthropy throughout his life. Paul Newman died on September 26, 2008, aged 83.
Early Life: Paul Leonard Newman was born on the 26th of January, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents, Arthur and Theresa ran a sports store and raised Paul and his brother Arthur in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Paul attended Shaker Heights High School until 1943, followed by a brief stint at Ohio University, Athens. Newman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 as a as a rear-seat radioman and gunner.
When the war ended, Newman took up an athletic scholarship to Kenyon College, Ohio, graduating in 1949 with BA in English. Whilst in Chicago, Paul met the actress Jacqueline Witte, and the pair married in 1949. Jacqueline and Paul had three children together: Scott (b. 1950), Susan (b. 1953), and Stephanie (b. 1955) In 1949, Paul's father died, but instead of taking over the family store in Cleveland, Paul moved to New Haven, Connecticut in order to pursue his love of acting. Newman studied Drama at Yale University and graduated in 1954. In 1958 Newman married the actress Joanne Woodward with whom he had three children: Elinor (b. 1959), Melissa (b. 1961), and Claire (b. 1965).
Acting Career: On moving to New York, Newman joined the renowned Actors Studio and studied The Method under Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan. In 1953 Newman made his Broadway debut in William Inge's 'Picnic' and was signed up by Warner Bros. Newman moved to Hollywood to take up his first film role in 'The Silver Chalice' (1954), which attracted terrible reviews. Newman returned briefly to New York where he took to the stage again in 'The Desperate Hours' and also appeared on various television shows, including 'Our Town' with Frank Sinatra.
Back in Hollywood, Newman's breakthrough came when he played boxer Rocky Graziano in 'Somebody up There Likes Me' (1956). This was followed by acclaimed roles in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (1958), opposite Elizabeth Taylor; 'The Long, Hot Summer' (1958), with Joanne Woodward; and 'The Left Handed Gun', playing Billy the Kid.
Newman claimed his first BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 'The Hustler' (1961). Throughout the 1960s, Newman appeared in many successful films, including 'Cool Hand Luke' (1967) and the box office smash 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969) in which he played Butch, opposite Robert Redford as Sundance. During the research and filming of 'Winning' (1969), Newman discovered his passion for auto-racing, going on to win championships in the Sports Car Club of America. He pursued this interest throughout his career, becoming the oldest driver to be part of a winning team when he completed the 24 Hours of Daytona event at the age of 70.
In 1973 Newman starred in 'The Sting' which was one of the biggest box office successes in history. He followed this with roles in 'The Towering Inferno' (1974), 'The Drowning Pool' (1975), and 'Slap Shot' (1977). In 1978, Newman's son, Scott, died of a drug and alcohol overdose. Newman later set up a drug rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles.
Newman was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Actor for 'The Verdict' (1982), and finally scooped the award for his portrayal of Eddie Felson in 'The Color of Money' (1986), Martin Scorsese's sequel to 'The Hustler'. The 1990s saw Newman appearing in films such as 'Mr and Mrs Bridge' (1990), alongside his wife; and The Coen Brothers' 'The Hudsucker Proxy' (1993). In 2002, Newman was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his supporting role in 'Road to Perdition', starring Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Daniel Craig.
Directing / Producing Career: Paul Newman also led a successful career behind the camera, directing and producing numerous films, from 1968's 'Rachel, Rachel' to 2005's 'Empire Falls'. Particularly notable were 'The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds' (1972) and 'The Shadow Box' (1980), both based on Pulitzer Prize-winning plays.
It happened 20 years ago when the pair worked on noir-ish thriller 'Twilight'.
The two starred in the 1998 noir-ish thriller Twilight, alongside Gene Hackman and Reese Witherspoon. During negotiations, after the so-called ‘Favoured Nation’ practice where any star is paid the same as his or her co-stars only ended up applying to two of the actors, Newman apparently volunteered some of his fee in order to top up Sarandon’s.
The 71 year old star told BBC Radio 5 Live in an interview on Thursday morning (March 8th): “Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs. That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago.”
Eva Marie Saint, the actress best known for her roles in 'North by Northwest' and 'On the Waterfront' has discussed her life and career on an upcoming interview for TCM.
Eva Marie Saint's upcoming appearance on TCM on Monday night (31st March) promises to restore our faith in Hollywood. The actress, who will celebrate her 90th birthday in July, has sat down with presenter Robert Osborne in a TCM special which will include an interview about her life and career and three of her best known films.
On the Waterfront, for which Saint received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and starred opposite Marlon Brandon, will kick off the night's festivities at 9pm. Another two of her films, Raintree County (in which she played opposite Montgomery Cliff and Elizabeth Taylor) and North by Northwest (also starring Cary Grant and directed by Alfred Hitchcock) will conclude the evening of celebration.
The film-making great will be given the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years ceremony
Woody Allen is to be awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. De Mille Award at next years awards show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Friday, 13 September. The prolific writer, director, producer and actor will be bestowed with the award at the 71st Annual Golden Globes ceremony taking place on 12 January 2014.
Allen has been working in film for six decades
“There is no one more worthy of this award than Woody Allen,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in the official announcement. He added, “His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”
By Don Willmott
There is so much to love about The Towering Inferno it's hard to know where to begin. Steve McQueen and Paul Newman are together at last! Fred Astaire gets drenched! O.J. Simpson saves a cat! Faye Dunaway wears Dacron! As one of the first mid-'70s disaster epics (produced by the King of Disaster, Irwin Allen), this supersized burnfest inspired countless star-studded copycats and lives on today as a sort of camp classic of its kind. It doesn't have Red Buttons like The Poseidon Adventure does, and it doesn't have Victoria Principal's cleavage jiggling in the tremors of Earthquake, but it does have pretty much everything else.On the occasion of the dedication of the world's tallest skyscraper (which I for one would never consider building in earthquake-prone San Francisco, by the way), an A-list party is planned for the top floor. This way to the glass-enclosed elevator, please. Architect Doug Roberts (Newman) and builder Jim Duncan (William Holden) are proud, but they don't know that Duncan's cost-cutting son-in-law (Richard Chamberlain) has compromised safety for profit. Sure enough, when a small fire breaks out, things go really bad really fast, and firemen Michael O'Halloran (McQueen) and Harry Jernigan (Simpson) arrive on the scene holding their hoses.
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The trouble with true stories is a subject I like to tackle. I really hit it hard with Patch Adams, which was idiotic enough to use "based on a true story" as its tag line. Likewise, I'm not going easy on Fat Man and Little Boy for the fact that it is based on fact.Fat Man and Little Boy, for anyone who has been locked up for the past sixty years, are the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. The movie is basically a humanization of the people who invented in, the team of crackpot physicists on the Manhattan Project (led by Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by Dwight Schultz) and the military general in charge (Leslie Groves, played by Paul Newman). John Cusack plays the wunderkid of the physicists, Michael Merriman. Laura Dern plays his girlfriend, a nurse.
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Like Cool Hand Luke, Hud's a tough nut to crack.
Hud's a scoundrel, troublemaker, corner-cutter, and latter-day outlaw, and Paul Newman pours his soul into the memorable anti-hero. Hud works on a small ranch with his ailing father (Melvyn Douglas), upstanding teenage brother (Brandon De Wilde), and mildly tawdry housekeeper (Patricia Neal). He's rousted out of bed one morning (well, not his bed) due to an emergency at the ranch... which turns out to be a sickness among the cattle. Ultimately that is revealed to be "the worst kind" of problem... hoof and mouth disease. The entire herd will have to be shot and buried. The mass slaughter is a truly horrifying sight without being extreme in its graphicness.
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I think of it as a Streetcar Named Desire for the con man.The Hustler has always stood out as not just a great movie about the con game, but as a great movie, period. Paul Newman's study of a pool hustler who goes through the highest highs and the lowest lows is so dazzling that an hour will go by before you look at the clock and realize... I'm watching a movie about pool.
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By Joshua Tyler
Murder is a cold and senseless act. Those who make it their life must by necessity be hard and brutal men. Road to Perdition never flinches away from that, but somehow, in the emotionally empty lives of mafia killers, finds warmth, depth, and soul.
This second film from American Beauty director Sam Mendes presents a highly stylized and muddied look into the world of the Irish mob. Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is at the center of it, as mob boss John Rooney's (Paul Newman) personal "Angel of Death." Raised as Rooney's son, Sullivan and his family have been given an idyllic life, marred only by the secrecy of Sullivan's dastardly work. But when his oldest son Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) witnesses dad taking care of business, their world is shattered, as mob boss Rooney's overeager son murders Sullivan's wife and youngest child in response. Now, Sullivan must put his loyalty to the test to protect his oldest son Michael and buy a life for them both.
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It may have been made in the 1960s, but the "new kind of love" promised in the title of this film isn't swinging or orgies. In fact this kind of love actually doesn't seem so new at all. This bizarre oddity actually features real-life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, five years after they were married, and thrown into an absurd love story that makes minimal sense and barely holds your interest for more than a few minutes. The setup is this: Newman is a journalist in Paris, and he thinks Woodward (despite her mannish looks here) is a high-priced call girl. He claims he wants to write a story about her, which of course is an entry to a love affair.
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About 75 percent of "Message In a Bottle" is waiting for theother shoe to drop.
Robin Wright Penn plays a Chicago Tribune researcher whobecomes fixated on finding the author of a grief-filled love letter setadrift at sea. By the time she meets him, the letter has done a numberon her heart and she falls in love quickly with the achingly widowed, middle-agedsalt, played by a Kevin Costner, and spends most of the movie trying tofind the right moment to say "Hey, I read that letter to your deadwife that no one was ever supposed to see."
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