Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman, dead at 83

Actor Paul Newman has died of lung cancer at 83.

Newman, whose career spanned five decades, was also a prominent social activist, a major proponent of actors’ creative rights, a motor racing enthusiast and team owner and a noted philanthropist.

He was nominated for Academy Awards 10
times, winning an Oscar in 1987 for best actor as Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money. He was the winner of numerous other awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy award, along with many honorary awards.

Some of his best known films are: Exodus (1960), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966), Hombre (1967), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Towering Inferno (1974), Slap Shot (1977) and The Verdict (1982). He teamed with fellow actor Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973).

Rest in peace, Paul Newman

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