One of my favorite actors who I thought was always cool -- ever since I first saw him in Cool Hand Luke, the movie that gave birth to the tagline "What we've got here is failure to communicate" -- has died at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. I grew up watching Paul Newman films I think largely because my parents loved him so much. Once I discovered Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, I was sold that this actor was amazing. The film celebrated two renegades running from the law and for some reason it felt like the ultimate rebel film.
Paul Newman got his start in theater and on television during the 1950s, and went on to become one of the world's most enduring and popular film stars. Newman starred in over 50 motion picture films including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting. According to Wikipedia, Newman was an Americanactor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, along with many honorary awards. Throughout the years, Newman game millions of dollars to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. He seldom game interviews and usually refused to sign autographs because he found the majesty of the act offensive. He also claimed that he never read reviews of his movies. According to Yahoo! News, "In 1982, Newman and his Westport neighbor, writer A.E. Hotchner, started a company to market Newman's original oil-and-vinegar dressing. Newman's Own, which began as a joke, grew into a multimillion-dollar business selling popcorn, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce and other foods. All of the company's profits are donated to charities. By 2007, the company had donated more than $175 million, according to its Web site." In later years when newman took roles in movies like The Verdict, or Empire Falls, I thought it was one of the best transitions an actor has ever done in his later years... and yet what was cool about Paul Newman is that he didn't do it for the money or the fame. But rather, because he loved honning his craft, and when he could no longer achieve greatness decided to retire.
He was surrounded by his family and close friends. Newman is survived by his wife, five children, two grandsons and his older brother Arthur. Paul Newman, I salute your work.