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Paul Newman
(1925 - 2008)


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Name: Mr Paul Newman
Gender: Male
Age: 83 years old
Lived: Monday, 26 January 1925 - Friday, 26 September 2008

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Hollywood movie legend Paul Newman died on September 26, 2008 at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer.

Paul Newman died at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut, his Los Angeles-based spokesman Jeff Sanderson said.

Robert Redford, his friend and co-star in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and The Sting, said: "There is a point where feelings go beyond words.

"I have lost a real friend. My life - and this country - is better for his being in it."

A statement by Newman's family said: "His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life, a humble artist who never thought of himself as 'big', surrounded by his beloved family and the close circle of friends.

The actor became famous worldwide for his philanthropy, especially through his range of Newman's Own sauces and dressings, all the profits from which after tax went to his good causes.

He set up 11 Hole in the Wall camps - named after the gang in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid - for chronically ill children.

It is thought that the camps have helped 135,000 children free of charge.

Newman finished chemotherapy treatment for cancer in August and it was widely reported in the US that he had only weeks to live.

In June this year, a neighbour and business partner said the actor told him about the disease the previous year.

In May, Newman pulled out of directing John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men for unspecified health reasons.

Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson told Sky News: "He was a link between a generation that had Cary Grant and James Stewart and all those great people and Tom Cruise.

"He was that bridge between the two and in that gap he was the best of the lot."

Newman retired from acting in 2006 after a 50-year career that included Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958), Exodus (1960), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Verdict (1982).

He switched to playing villains in two of the best films of his latter years, Road To Perdition (2002) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994).

Newman, a keen amateur motor racing driver, was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning best actor for his role in The Color Of Money in 1987, as well as an honorary award for his humanitarian work in 1994.

In a statement his five daughters said: "Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special.

"Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.

"Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: 'It's been a privilege to be here.'"

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1925, Newman's breakthrough came with his portrayal of Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956).

He never looked back, becoming one of the biggest box office draws of the 1950s and 1960s although, having trained in "the method" at the Actors' Studio in New York he was always keen to take on serious roles.

His long marriage to actress Joanne Woodward ran counter to Hollywood convention and the pair lived in a 200-year-old Connecticut house, far from the heart of the entertainment industry.


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The world is a better place because he was in it He will be always remembered
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a true hollywood legend
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Paul was an American icon, philanthropist and champion for children.
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Truly, he was a legend of the silver screen. RIP


Fathers Name: Arthur S. Newman
Mothers Name: Theresa (née Fetzer or Fetsko)
Spouse's Name: Joanne Woodward
Children's Names: Scott (deceased), Susan Kendall, Stephanie, Elinor “Nell” Teresa, Melissa "Lissy" Stewart, and Claire "Clea" Olivia
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
Occupation: Entertainment
Marital Status: Married


Favourite Sport: Motor Racing


Place of Passing: Westport, Connecticut, USA
Date of Passing: 26 September 2008
Cause of Passing: Lung Cancer
Funeral Location: Westport, Connecticut, USA
Funeral Date: 29 September 2008

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