Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman Dies

The great Paul Newman died today, succumbing to cancer. Very sad news, but not unexpected - news of his disease had been out for a short time. In his time he appeared in all-time-great films like 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', 'Cool Hand Luke', 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'The Sting', as well as its sequel decades later 'The Color of Money', for which he finally won an Oscar. Privately he was a major philanthropist:
All proceeds from Newman's Own salad dressings and snacks go to charity. Newman gave away $120m in 2005 and 2006, Fox News reported earlier this year.
He was also half of the most celebratedly long marriage in Hollywood, and is survived by Joanne Woodward, whom he married in 1958. I don't normally note the passing of actors, but Newman was a true role model on top of being an amazing looker and underrated actor, and will be rightly missed. In my mind his greatest role was in 'The Verdict', a clip of which is below:

May he rest in peace.

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