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Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 September 26, 2008) was an American actor.

One of the few actors who successfully made the transition from the classic cinema to that of the 1960s and 1970s. His rebellious persona and attractive image - he was ranked high in the most attractive men lists for many decades - appealed well to new generations. He was especially famous [[WhatBeautifulEyes blue eyes]], so much that he once joked that his epitaph could be: "Here lies Paul Newman who died a failure because his eyes turned brown." He starred in over 60 films, and was nominated for an AcademyAward nine times, winning once in 1986.

Newman was a lifelong liberal; he opposed the VietnamWar and was a supporter of the Democratic Party. He was proud to be included in RichardNixon famous list of enemies. He was also a supporter of gay rights and campaigned to end global warming.

[[HeAlsoDid Aside from his acting work]] he was also well known as a professional car racer - unlike SteveMcQueen he actually raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and even finished second - and owner in IndyCar, and for his philanthropic work. In 1982, he co-founded the food company Newman's Own. All of the proceeds of the company, after taxes, were donated to charity. After divorcing his first wife, Jackie Witte in 1958, he married actress Joanne Woodward, and they remained together for 50 years, until his death (in Hollywood, a very remarked and rare feat on its own).

Newman occasionally dabbled in directing, as well. ''Sometimes A Great Notion'', ''The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds'', ''Harry & Son'' and an adaptation of ''Literature/TheGlassMenagerie'' are among his more notable directorial credits.

Newman died from lung cancer in 2008.

!!Films he has starred in include, in chronological order:

* ''SomebodyUpThereLikesMe'' (1956)
* ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'' (1958)
* ''Film/{{Exodus}}'' (1960)
* ''Film/TheHustler'' (1961)
* ''Film/{{Hud}}'' (1963)
* ''Film/TornCurtain'' (1966)
* ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' (1967)
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' (1969)
* ''Film/TheLifeAndTimesOfJudgeRoyBean'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheSting'' (1973)
* ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' (1976)
* ''Film/SlapShot'' (1977)
* ''Film/{{Quintet}}'' (1979)
* ''FortApacheTheBronx'' (1981)
* ''Film/AbsenceOfMalice'' (1981)
* ''Film/TheVerdict'' (1982)
* ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' (1986 sequel to ''Film/TheHustler'')
* ''FatManAndLittleBoy'' (1989)
* ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' (1994)
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' (1994)
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)

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!! Tropes associated with Paul Newman

* AntiHero: His characters tend to be rebellious, non-conformists or jaded.
* CoolOldGuy: From Butch Cassidy onward he played characters who were seemingly older [[TheObiWan or wiser]] than the others, as a substitute father figure.
* DuelingStarsMovie: [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid Two]] [[Film/TheSting memorable]] collaborations with his good friend Creator/RobertRedford.
** This was literally the case for ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' with [[TheRival co-star]] SteveMcQueen. [=McQueen=] insisted on having an equal number of lines with Newman, and the movie studio had to invent a new format for the promotional titles - diagonal billing - to give both actors equal billing.
* HappilyMarried: To Joanne Woodward.
* ReturningWarVet: He served in the Pacific theater in WorldWarTwo, as a radioman-gunner in Grumman Avenger torpedo-bombers.
* SilverFox: In and out-universe.

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