->''"Every time I get a script it's a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It's like falling in love. You can't give a reason why."''

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 for his [[WhatBeautifulEyes blue eyes]], so much so 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 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nine times, winning once in 1986. He was also the visual basis for the comic book Silver Age ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan.

[[HeAlsoDid Aside from his acting work]] he was also well known as a professional car racer - unlike Creator/SteveMcQueenActor he actually raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and even finished second - and owner in UsefulNotes/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).

He was a friend of actor Creator/RobertRedford and did two films with him - ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' and ''Film/TheSting''.

Newman occasionally dabbled in directing, as well. ''Sometimes a Great Notion'' (the first film ever aired on Creator/{{HBO}} when it launched in 1972), ''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.

For all his acting accolades, [[http://jezebel.com/5369544/daughter-newman-liked-being-on-nixon-enemies-list one honor he enjoyed was finding out]] he was on UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's "Enemies List."

Newman died from lung cancer in 2008.

!!Partial filmography:
* ''Film/SomebodyUpThereLikesMe'' (1956)
* ''Film/TheLongHotSummer'' (1958)
* ''Film/CatOnAHotTinRoof'' (1958)
* ''Film/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'' (1958)
* ''Film/{{Exodus}}'' (1960)
* ''Film/TheHustler'' (1961)
* ''Film/{{Hud}}'' (1963)
* ''Film/WhatAWayToGo'' (1964)
* ''Film/{{Harper}}'' (1966)
* ''Film/TornCurtain'' (1966)
* ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' (1967)
* ''Film/TheSecretWarOfHarryFrigg'' (1968)
* ''Film/RachelRachel'' (1968) (directed only)
* ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' (1969)
* ''Theatre/TheEffectOfGammaRaysOnManInTheMoonMarigolds'' (1972) (directed only)
* ''Film/TheLifeAndTimesOfJudgeRoyBean'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheSting'' (1973)
* ''Film/SilentMovie'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' (1976)
* ''Film/SlapShot'' (1977)
* ''Film/{{Quintet}}'' (1979)
* ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'' (1980)
* ''Film/FortApacheTheBronx'' (1981)
* ''Film/AbsenceOfMalice'' (1981)
* ''Film/TheVerdict'' (1982)
* ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' (1986 sequel to ''Film/TheHustler'')
* ''Film/FatManAndLittleBoy'' (1989)
* ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' (1994)
* ''Film/NobodysFool'' (1994)
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'' (2017) [[note]]via archive recordings[[/note]]

See also:

* ''Theatre/{{Picnic}}'', UsefulNotes/PulitzerPrize-winning 1953 play that featured Newman in the original cast

!! 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 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]] Creator/SteveMcQueenActor. [=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 - DiagonalBilling - to give both actors equal billing.
* HappilyMarried: To Joanne Woodward. When once asked about how he had maintained such a long marriage in a line of work known for extramarital affairs, he simply stated "Why would I go out for burgers, when I've got steak at home?"
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Robert Redford. They did many movies together.
* MoneyDearBoy: He appeared in ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'' purely because he was under contract with Irwin Allen.
* OldShame:
** He was so embarrassed by his film debut ''Film/TheSilverChalice'' that he took an ad in a paper apologising for his performance. He later invited friends to screenings at his house to make fun of it.
** He hated ''Film/WhenTimeRanOut'' so much that he dismissed it as "That volcano movie".
* ReturningWarVet: He served in the Pacific theater in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, as a radioman-gunner in Grumman Avenger torpedo-bombers.
* RomanceOnTheSet: He and Joanne Woodward fell in love while filming ''Film/TheLongHotSummer''. They married soon after and remained so until Newman's death in 2008. They are still cited today as one of the rare examples of a Hollywood marriage that actually lasts.
* SilverFox: In and out-universe. To say that the man aged gracefully would be an understatement.