January 26, 1925
Paul Leonard Newman
September 26, 2008
Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio (USA). He served as a navy radio operator during World War II and after the war he studied economics at Ohio's Kenyon College but discovered drama instead. Newman completed one year of graduate studies in theatre at Yale University but gained his most important experience at New York's Actors Studio.
The success of his first Broadway appearance, Picnic (1953) led to a film contract with Warner Bros. and a first screen role in The silver chalice (1955).
Paul went on to become one of the top box office draws of the 1960s, starring in films as The Hustler (1961), The Prize (1963), Hud (1963) and Cool Hand Luke (1967).
In 1968 Newman made his debut as a filmmaker directing his second wife Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel. Paul appeared in 1969's Winning, which cast him as a professional auto racer; the motor sport remained a preoccupation in his real life as well.
He was executive producer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) featuring himself and Robert Redford. The film was at the time the highest-grossing Western in movie history. In 1973 the pair portrayed Depression-era con men in The Sting.
In the late 1970s Newman began to play older and less idealized characters, but he maintained his star status by appearing in such films as Absence of Malice (1981) and The Verdict (1982).
In 1982 Newman started to market his recipes for spaghetti sauce and salad dressing under the “Newman's Own” label.
In the early nineties he appeared onscreen less and less but despite his movement away from Hollywood, Newman has remained a prominent public figure.
2003 Nominated Actor for: Road to Perdition (2002)
1995 Nominated Actor for: Nobody's Fool (1994)
1994 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
1987 Won Best Actor for: The Color of Money (1986)
1986 Honorary Award
1983 Nominated Actor for: The Verdict (1982)
1982 Nominated Actor for: Absence of Malice (1981)
1969 Nominated Best Picture for: Rachel, Rachel (1968)
1968 Nominated Actor for: Cool Hand Luke (1967)
1964 Nominated Actor for: Hud (1963)
1962 Nominated Actor for: The Hustler (1961)
1959 Nominated Actor for: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
- The Sting (1973)
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
- Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- The Hustler (1961)
- The color of money (1986)
- Hud (1963)
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
- Road to Perdition (2002)
- The Verdict (1982)
- The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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