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"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 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 Academy Award nine times, winning once in 1986. He was also the visual basis for the comic book Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Aside from his acting work he was also well known as a professional car racer - unlike Steve McQueen he actually raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and even finished second - and owner in Indy Car, 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 Robert Redford and did two films with him - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting.

Newman occasionally dabbled in directing, as well. His first film, 1968's Rachel, Rachel, netted four Oscar nominations. Sometimes a Great Notion (the first film ever aired on HBO when it launched in 1972), The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Harry & Son and an adaptation of The Glass Menagerie are among his other directorial credits.

For all his acting accolades, one honor he enjoyed was finding out he was on Richard Nixon's "Enemies List."

Newman died from lung cancer in 2008.


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Tropes associated with Paul Newman

  • Anti-Hero: His characters tend to be rebellious, non-conformists or jaded.
  • Cool Old Guy: From Butch Cassidy onward he played characters who were seemingly older or wiser than the others, as a substitute father figure.
  • Dueling-Stars Movie: Two memorable collaborations with his good friend Robert Redford.
  • Happily Married: 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 famously stated "Why would I go out for burgers, when I've got steak at home?"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Robert Redford. They did many movies together.
  • Money, Dear Boy: He appeared in When Time Ran Out... purely because he was under contract with Irwin Allen.
  • Old Shame:
    • He was so embarrassed by his film debut The Silver Chalice 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 When Time Ran Out... so much that he dismissed it as "That volcano movie".
  • Returning War Vet: He served in the Pacific theater in World War II, as a radioman-gunner in Grumman Avenger torpedo-bombers.
  • Romance on the Set: He and Joanne Woodward fell in love while filming The Long, Hot Summer. 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.
  • Silver Fox: In and out-universe. To say that the man aged gracefully would be an understatement.


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