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RBA
09-27-2008, 09:57 AM
Dead at 83 today. Cancer.

westofyou
09-27-2008, 10:02 AM
One of the best, simply one of the best.

MrCinatit
09-27-2008, 10:09 AM
Unfortunately, we knew this day was coming soon. Doesn't make it any better, though.
As has already been said by WOY, one of the true greats.

Unassisted
09-27-2008, 10:18 AM
He's an Ohio native, born in Shaker Heights. Attended Ohio U until entering the Navy during WWII. Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier after the war. I wonder if he'll be laid to rest in Ohio.

cumberlandreds
09-27-2008, 10:20 AM
RIP Paul Newman. His performance in Cool Hand Luke is one the best ever,IMO.

KittyDuran
09-27-2008, 10:53 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080927/ENT/309270056


Actor Paul Newman dead at 83
The Associated Press • September 27, 2008

WESTPORT, Conn. – Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money,” has died. He was 83.


Newman died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

In May, Newman he had dropped plans to direct a fall production of “Of Mice and Men,” citing unspecified health issues.

He 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, a legend held in awe by his peers. He was nominated for Oscars 10 times, winning one regular award and two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Sting” and “Absence of Malice.”

Newman worked with some of the greatest directors of the past half century, from Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers. His co-stars included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and, most famously, Robert Redford, his sidekick in “Butch Cassidy” and “The Sting.”

He sometimes teamed with his wife and fellow Oscar winner, Joanne Woodward, with whom he had one of Hollywood's rare long-term marriages. “I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?” Newman told Playboy magazine when asked if he was tempted to stray.

They wed in 1958, around the same time they both appeared in “The Long Hot Summer,” and Newman directed her in several films, including “Rachel, Rachel” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favorite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. “I was always a character actor,” he once said. “I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”

Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children.

Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on President Nixon's “enemies list,” one of the actor's proudest achievements, he liked to say.

A screen legend by his mid-40s, he waited a long time for his first competitive Oscar, winning in 1987 for “The Color of Money,” a reprise of the role of pool shark “Fast” Eddie Felson, whom Newman portrayed in the 1961 film “The Hustler.”

Newman delivered a magnetic performance in “The Hustler,” playing a smooth-talking, whiskey-chugging pool shark who takes on Minnesota Fats – played by Jackie Gleason – and becomes entangled with a gambler played by George C. Scott. In the sequel – directed by Scorsese – “Fast Eddie” is no longer the high-stakes hustler he once was, but rather an aging liquor salesman who takes a young pool player (Cruise) under his wing before making a comeback.

He won an honorary Oscar in 1986 “in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft.” In 1994, he won a third Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his charitable work.

His most recent academy nod was a supporting actor nomination for the 2002 film “Road to Perdition.” One of Newman's nominations was as a producer; the other nine were in acting categories. (Jack Nicholson holds the record among actors for Oscar nominations, with 12; actress Meryl Streep has had 14.)

As he passed his 80th birthday, he remained in demand, winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the 2005 HBO drama “Empire Falls” and providing the voice of a crusty 1951 car in the 2006 Disney-Pixar hit, “Cars.”

But in May 2007, he told ABC's “Good Morning America” he had given up acting, though he intended to remain active in charity projects. “I'm not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to,” he said. “You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that's pretty much a closed book for me.”

He received his first Oscar nomination for playing a bitter, alcoholic former star athlete in the 1958 film “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Elizabeth Taylor played his unhappy wife and Burl Ives his wealthy, domineering father in Tennessee Williams' harrowing drama, which was given an upbeat ending for the screen.

In “Cool Hand Luke,” he was nominated for his gritty role as a rebellious inmate in a brutal Southern prison. The movie was one of the biggest hits of 1967 and included a tagline, delivered one time by Newman and one time by prison warden Strother Martin, that helped define the generation gap, “What we've got here is (a) failure to communicate.”

Newman's hair was graying, but he was as gourgeous as ever and on the verge of his greatest popular success. In 1969, Newman teamed with Redford for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” a comic Western about two outlaws running out of time. Newman paired with Redford again in 1973 in “The Sting,” a comedy about two Depression-era con men. Both were multiple Oscar winners and huge hits, irreverent, unforgettable pairings of two of the best-looking actors of their time.

Newman also turned to producing and directing. In 1968, he directed “Rachel, Rachel,” a film about a lonely spinster's rebirth. The movie received four Oscar nominations, including Newman, for producer of a best motion picture, and Woodward, for best actress. The film earned Newman the best director award from the New York Film Critics.

In the 1970s, Newman, admittedly bored with acting, became fascinated with auto racing, a sport he studied when he starred in the 1972 film, “Winning.” After turning professional in 1977, Newman and his driving team made strong showings in several major races, including fifth place in Daytona in 1977 and second place in the Le Mans in 1979.

“Racing is the best way I know to get away from all the rubbish of Hollywood,” he told People magazine in 1979.

Despite his love of race cars, Newman continued to make movies and continued to pile up Oscar nominations, his looks remarkably intact, his acting becoming more subtle, nothing like the mannered method performances of his early years, when he was sometimes dismissed as a Brando imitator. “It takes a long time for an actor to develop the assurance that the trim, silver-haired Paul Newman has acquired,” Pauline Kael wrote of him in the early 1980s.

In 1982, he got his fifth Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an honest businessman persecuted by an irresponsible reporter in “Absence of Malice.” The following year, he got his sixth for playing a down-and-out alcoholic attorney in “The Verdict.”

In 1995, he was nominated for his slyest, most understated work yet, the town curmudgeon and deadbeat in “Nobody's Fool.” New York Times critic Caryn James found his acting “without cheap sentiment and self-pity,” and observed, “It says everything about Mr. Newman's performance, the single best of this year and among the finest he has ever given, that you never stop to wonder how a guy as good-looking as Paul Newman ended up this way.”

Newman, who shunned Hollywood life, was reluctant to give interviews and usually refused to sign autographs because he found the majesty of the act offensive, according to one friend.

He also claimed that he never read reviews of his movies.

“If they're good you get a fat head and if they're bad you're depressed for three weeks,” he said.

Off the screen, Newman had a taste for beer and was known for his practical jokes. He once had a Porsche installed in Redford's hallway – crushed and covered with ribbons.

“I think that my sense of humor is the only thing that keeps me sane,” he told Newsweek magazine in a 1994 interview.

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 1988, Newman founded a camp in northeastern Connecticut for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. He went on to establish similar camps in several other states and in Europe.

He and Woodward bought an 18th century farmhouse in Westport, where they raised their three daughters, Elinor “Nell,” Melissa and Clea.

Newman had two daughters, Susan and Stephanie, and a son, Scott, from a previous marriage to Jacqueline Witte.

Scott died in 1978 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium. After his only son's death, Newman established the Scott Newman Foundation to finance the production of anti-drug films for children.

Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the second of two boys of Arthur S. Newman, a partner in a sporting goods store, and Theresa Fetzer Newman.

He was raised in the affluent suburb of Shaker Heights, where he was encouraged him to pursue his interest in the arts by his mother and his uncle Joseph Newman, a well-known Ohio poet and journalist.

Following World War II service in the Navy, he enrolled at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he got a degree in English and was active in student productions.

He later studied at Yale University's School of Drama, then headed to New York to work in theater and television, his classmates at the famed Actor's Studio including Brando, James Dean and Karl Malden. His breakthrough was enabled by tragedy: Dean, scheduled to star as the disfigured boxer in a television adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's “The Battler,” died in a car crash in 1955. His role was taken by Newman, then a little-known performer.

Newman started in movies the year before, in “The Silver Chalice,” a costume film he so despised that he took out an ad in Variety to apologize. By 1958, he had won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for the shiftless Ben Quick in “The Long Hot Summer.”

In December 1994, about a month before his 70th birthday, he told Newsweek magazine he had changed little with age.

“I'm not mellower, I'm not less angry, I'm not less self-critical, I'm not less tenacious,” he said. “Maybe the best part is that your liver can't handle those beers at noon anymore,” he said.

Newman is survived by his wife, five children, two grandsons and his older brother Arthur.

Bip Roberts
09-27-2008, 11:09 AM
I will buy some salad dressing in his honor today

IowaRed
09-27-2008, 11:13 AM
Really sad news, I still watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at least once a year. Fine man, a fine actor and always classy.

OldRightHander
09-27-2008, 11:26 AM
One of the greats. Fewer and fewer of his generation around these days. I don't know why, but I always had more respect for the actors of that era than the ones today. I don't know if it's because the media saturation wasn't as bad in previous years and we didn't see as much of the negative, but I would like to believe that they were just a classy bunch back then. He will be missed.

Spring~Fields
09-27-2008, 11:53 AM
The man entertained millions with quality, as WOY said, one of the best.

PedroBourbon
09-27-2008, 01:59 PM
RIP Paul Newman. His performance in Cool Hand Luke is one the best ever,IMO.


I second that. I cannot turn away if I stumble upon that movie watching TV.

CrackerJack
09-27-2008, 02:26 PM
A good man, RIP, I really respected what he and his wife did - love his organic foods that sent profits to charities.

RFS62
09-27-2008, 03:38 PM
Great actor, great man.

RIP

redsfanmia
09-27-2008, 04:42 PM
RIP Reggie Dunlop.

improbus
09-27-2008, 05:40 PM
RIP Reggie Dunlop.

Amen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW67agGgWAM

Highlifeman21
09-27-2008, 06:35 PM
He's an Ohio native, born in Shaker Heights. Attended Ohio U until entering the Navy during WWII. Graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier after the war. I wonder if he'll be laid to rest in Ohio.

I can't find the story that was published when he left the hospital knowing he had cancer, b/c he wanted to die @ home rather than the hospital, but I could have sworn the story said he'd be laid to rest in Connecticut.

George Anderson
09-27-2008, 06:50 PM
A very good but not real known Newman movie is "Nobody's Fool" from 1994.

He and Harrison Ford are my two favorite actors. A sad day.

GAC
09-27-2008, 09:22 PM
RIP Paul Newman. His performance in Cool Hand Luke is one the best ever,IMO.

Yep. A lot of solid actors and moments in that movie. Loved Strother "Captain" Martin ... "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

Gonna have to pull out my DVD of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tommorrow and watch it in tribute.

Ravenlord
09-28-2008, 03:05 AM
Yep. A lot of solid actors and moments in that movie. Loved Strother "Captain" Martin ... "What we've got here is failure to communicate."

Gonna have to pull out my DVD of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tommorrow and watch it in tribute.

i still think of Stother Martin as the henchman of Liberty Vallance.

that's funny to me since i just turned 24...

cincinnati chili
09-28-2008, 04:40 AM
“I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?”

Ya gotta love how Newman compared his wife to cuts of meat, compared the women of the world to ground meat, and yet still managed to remain beloved by feminists everywhere.

But in all seriousness, he seemed like quite a great guy.

GAC
09-28-2008, 08:54 AM
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u315/BrandoBardot/slap_shot.jpg

RichRed
09-28-2008, 10:20 AM
Paul Newman was one of those rare Hollywood stars you felt you could actually admire as a person, probably because he was never really "Hollywood." The work he did for terminally ill children and others less fortunate than he is staggering, on top of his legendary acting work.

RIP, Mr. Newman.

HotCorner
09-29-2008, 09:24 AM
RIP Doc Hudson aka The Hudson Hornet. My family will miss you.

Spitball
09-29-2008, 09:56 PM
I met Paul Newman in the mid-seventies. I was in college and was working part-time for an antique dealer in Massachusetts. He and Joanne Woodward drove up in a Volvo and stayed for more than an hour. He purchased a couple of very expensive Oriental rugs. I remember he went out to his car for his checkbook and returned with it and a 16 ounce Budweiser.

The antique dealership was on a rambling estate, and I was mainly employed to mow lawns, deliver and carry antiques so I didn't have much contact with him. I did help haul his rugs out to his car, and he seemed like a regular guy.

GAC
09-30-2008, 08:56 PM
I met Paul Newman in the mid-seventies. I was in college and was working part-time for an antique dealer in Massachusetts. He and Joanne Woodward drove up in a Volvo and stayed for more than an hour. He purchased a couple of very expensive Oriental rugs. I remember he went out to his car for his checkbook and returned with it and a 16 ounce Budweiser.

I KNEW IT! Paul always seemed like a Bud man. ;)

redsfanmia
09-30-2008, 08:59 PM
I KNEW IT! Paul always seemed like a Bud man. ;)

I have always heard that he was a Coors man and had them delivered special when Coors was only west of the rockies.

GAC
09-30-2008, 09:04 PM
I have always heard that he was a Coors man and had them delivered special when Coors was only west of the rockies.

I remember those days. When I was in the military, and when buddies went on leave, they would bring back Coors before they really opened their market and wasn't available back east.

remdog
09-30-2008, 10:25 PM
I remember those days. When I was in the military, and when buddies went on leave, they would bring back Coors before they really opened their market and wasn't available back east.

Yep. And it was 'better' when you got it from 'out west'. Once they opened it to general distribution most folks discovered that it was very 'mundane'. :)

Rem

Spitball
09-30-2008, 11:19 PM
I have always heard that he was a Coors man and had them delivered special when Coors was only west of the rockies.

I don't know what you heard, but I tell you I saw a Bud. :)

RBA
10-04-2008, 07:44 AM
Actor Paul Newman was decorated WWII sailor

By Mark D. Faram - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Oct 3, 2008 16:04:25 EDT

Most Americans know actor Paul Newman had an Academy Award to his credit, but few know his list of awards also include a Navy Combat Action Ribbon and the coveted Combat Aircrew Wings he got while serving as an aviation radioman and aerial gunner during World War II.

Newman, 83, died Sept. 26 after a long battle with cancer.

According to information provided by Navy Personnel Command and the Naval Historical Center, the future blue-eyed actor enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 22, 1943 — four days before his 18th birthday — with the hopes of becoming an officer and an aviator flying off carriers.

While waiting for his application for officer training to go through, Newman attended Ohio University in Athens.

When his approval came through, he was ordered to report on July 1 to the Navy V-12 program at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. His hopes for a commission and pilot’s wings were dashed four months later after a flight physical discovered he was colorblind.

Instead, he was shipped a few miles down the road to the Navy’s boot camp at Newport, R.I. Graduating three days after Christmas, Newman was selected to train as an aviation radioman and reported to the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 8, 1944.

He would not leave Jacksonville until July 20, having completed radio school and qualified as an aerial gunner — enabling him to be aircrew on carrier-based aircraft.

Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Newman spent a few months at Naval Air Station Miami before transferring to NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii, where he would serve in three Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons, VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100.

While he was with VT-99, training personnel in TBM-1Cs, TBM-3s and TBF-1cs, the squadron moved to Eniwetok, then to Guam, and in January 1945 on to Saipan. The squadron would ferry replacement pilots and aircraft to carriers around the fleet.

Though Newman did see scattered combat, his closest brush with death came in May 1945.

Operating from Saipan, Newman and a number of other aircrews from his squadron had been ordered with their TBM Avenger aircraft to be replacements onboard the Essex-class aircraft carrier Bunker Hill operating off Okinawa. But Newman’s pilot got sick, grounding the aircraft and crew until he could recover.

Just days later, on May 11, two Japanese kamikaze aircraft hit the ship within 30 seconds and in the resulting fires and explosions 346 sailors were killed — among them, the entire contingent from Newman’s squadron.

A VT-99 contingent including Newman was aboard the escort carrier Hollandia, which was operating about five hundred miles off Japan when the Enola Gay dropped its atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

Returning home after the Japanese surrender, Newman served with Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 7 in Seattle, Wash. before being discharged Jan. 21, 1946.

Along with his aircrew wings and CAR, he was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/10/navy_newmanobit_100308w/

westofyou
10-04-2008, 11:22 AM
Yep. And it was 'better' when you got it from 'out west'. Once they opened it to general distribution most folks discovered that it was very 'mundane'. :)

Rem

First time I drank it (in the 70's) I was unimpressed enough to puke it all up later... kinda peppery it was.

TeamCasey
10-05-2008, 10:21 AM
I think I'll watch Fort Apache, The Bronx today.

*cheers* Paul!

westofyou
10-05-2008, 01:29 PM
BTW here's Paul in 82, with a Bud.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/10/05/sports/05newman.500.jpg

remdog
10-06-2008, 12:05 AM
First time I drank it (in the 70's) I was unimpressed enough to puke it all up later... kinda peppery it was.

What? You had to try about a 12 pack to decide!?! :lol:

First time I tried Coors was at a party in about '72 or '73. It's hard to say this is swill when everyone around you is lauding the guy that drove this stuff about 2000 miles just for you. :roll:

Rem

redsmetz
10-09-2008, 05:30 AM
I've started receiving weekly emails from the Esquire & Mariemont Theatres and see that they're having a Paul Newman Tribute series next week. See below for info. The theater's website is http://www.esquiretheatre.com/Home%20Page.htm


Paul Newman Tribute

At the Esquire Theatre October 10th - 16th, 2008


Paul Newman, an Ohio native, was an award-winning actor, director and producer who appeared in over 60 films. Stop in at the Esquire to see one of Paul Newman's great films.

The Esquire will be rotating four classic films: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Verdict. Tribute on screen at the Esquire Theatre October 10th - 16th with show times at 1:50, 4:40, 7:10 and 9:50, check the schedule below for specifics.

See an American icon in a legendary film, pay homage to a great philanthropist or, if you just want to see those blue eyes on the big screen, you'll have plenty of chances. Pick up a Paul Pass for only $22.00 which allows one admission to all four films; regular admission prices apply.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Not Rated) - 108 min
Tennessee William's classic play on the big screen with Elizabeth Taylor
Thursday 1:50pm
Sunday & Wednesday 7:10pm
Friday, Saturday, Monday & Tuesday 9:50pm

Cool Hand Luke (Not Rated) - 126 min
"What we've got here is a failure to communicate"
Friday - Monday 1:50pm
Tuesday & Thursday 7:10pm
Wednesday 9:50pm

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG) - 110 min
You never met a pair like Butch and the Kid
Tuesday 1:50pm
Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday 4:40pm
Friday & Monday 7:10pm
Thursday 9:50pm

The Verdict (R) - 129 min
A lawyer sees a chance to salvage his career and his self-respect
Wednesday 1:50pm
Friday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 4:40pm
Saturday 7:10pm
Sunday 9:50pm