Paul Newman Dead At 83

Hollywood legend PAUL NEWMAN has died of lung cancer at the age of 83.
The Oscar winner passed away on Friday (26Sep08) at his home in Westport, Connecticut, his spokesman Marni Tomljanovic has confirmed.
Newman had reportedly been given only weeks to live after completing chemotherapy treatment at a New York hospital in August (08).
He was pictured being wheeled out of the Weill Cornell Medical Centre - which specialises in cancer treatment - looking pale and gaunt in July (08).
He withdrew as director from a production of Of Mice and Men after reportedly being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year (08).
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in January 1925, Newman served in the Navy in World War II. He hoped of being accepted for pilot training, but his plan was foiled when a flight physical revealed him to be colour blind.
He eventually became a radioman and gunner.
After the war, he completed his degree at Kenyon College, graduating in 1949. Newman later studied acting at Yale University and under Lee Strasberg at the Actors' Studio in New York.
He was best known for his role in 1967's Cool Hand Luke, and for starring opposite his close friend Robert Redford in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and 1973's The Sting.
He was nominated for 10 Oscars in his 50-year-long career, winning the Best Actor accolade for his role in The Color of Money in 1986.
He also won two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award and an Emmy award.
In 2007, he announced his retirement, admitting he was too old to continue his work in Hollywood.
Newman said, "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."
Newman was also famed for his charity work. Following the death of his only son Scott from an accidental drug overdose in 1978, the star set up the Scott Newman Center for drug abuse prevention.
He was also the founder of food company Newman's Own, from which he donated all profits and royalties to charity.
Newman is survived by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward and their three daughters, Elinor, Melissa and Claire. He also has two daughters, Susan and Stephanie from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.


Contactmusic

Tags: Paul Newman


Editors Recommendations

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

‘Game of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does...

Can 'Game of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says it Already Has

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Jay-Z and Beyonce, on the same bill? Yep, it looks as though the world's richest and most...

Jay-Z and Beyonce Plot Joint Stadium Tour for Summer 2014

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Leonardo DiCaprio will continue his hunt for a best actor Oscar with Gonzalez Inarritu's...

Is 'The Revenant' Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Winning Movie?

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's "Gone Girl"

The first trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl is out. The last bit of news about the Gillian Flynn...

Ben Affleck Is Creepy And Questionable In First Trailer For David Fincher's

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

Lindsay Lohan has been hit with the shame and bad publicity of a fellow entertainer...

Lindsay Lohan's Show Slammed By Rosie O'Donnell - Is She Right?

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

New television series Fargo premiered last night on FX, giving American audiences...

The Next 'Breaking Bad'? 'Fargo' Ep. 1 Is A Must-See [Video]

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

Aaron Taylor-Johnson might seem pretty subdued for a 23-year-old Hollywood actor...

Woah, Check Out This Wacky Dude: Aaron Taylor-Johnson on His Past Life

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

Facebook have been splashing out a lot of money lately! Although, we have to say...

How The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Change Life As We Know It

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.

It looks like AC/DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because rumors of the band’s...

No, AC/DC Are Not Splitting Up After All. Probably.


More recommendations

Comments

Paul Newman Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Paul Newman

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All