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Paul Newman

Paul NewmanAKA Paul Leonard Newman

Born: 26-Jan-1925
Birthplace: Shaker Heights, OH
Died: 26-Sep-2008
Location of death: Westport, CT
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Philanthropist, Film Director
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Salad dressing magnate

Military service: US Navy Air Corps (1943-46)

Paul Newman's father owned a sporting goods store, and young Newman was always interested in performing. He served in the South Pacific during WWII as a radioman for the U.S. Navy Air Corps, and took over the family business after his father's death. The business bored him, though, and Newman began taking local stage roles. He soon sold his interest in the family business to his brother, went to college and majored in drama. With his handsome looks and easy, everyman delivery, Newman was soon able to earn a living on stage.

Newman's first television role was on the long-running sitcom The Aldrich Family, a show that started on radio, then ran on CBS-TV for several years. Newman joined the cast in 1952, in a small, recurring role. When the series was canceled, he made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Picnic, with Eileen Heckart and Ruth McDevitt. He also starred in Broadway's Desperate Hours with Karl Malden, but when Hollywood made the play into a movie, Newman and Malden were replaced by Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March.

Newman made his motion picture debut in The Silver Chalice, opposite Virginia Mayo. The film flopped, but two years later, Newman made the most of his second chance, playing Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me to rave reviews. He starred in The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, both with Robert Redford, and was the rebel prisoner in Cool Hand Luke, the pool shark in The Hustler with Jackie Gleason and its sequel 25 years later, The Color of Money with Tom Cruise. He played "the man with the barbed-wire soul" in Hud with Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, battled Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and mentored Tom Hanks in the ways of crime in Road to Perdition. He played an evil corporate schemer in The Hudsucker Proxy, a drunken lawyer in The Verdict, and a tough private investigator in Harper.

He pursued auto racing as an off-screen hobby beginning in the mid-1960s, and drove in Le Mans and at Daytona, and until his death he remained involved with Newman/Haas Racing, the racing team he founded in 1983 with Carl Haas. In 1982, he founded Newman's Own, a food company that donates all its profits to charity. Newman's Own has since become famous for its salsa, salad dressings, popcorn, and myriad other products, all with Newman's face on the label. The company's sales have generated more than $150,000,000 for worthy causes.

Newman was also the unknowing model for DC Comics' "Green Lantern" superhero. The comic book legend's creator, Gil Kane, envisioned Jordan as a dashing, handsome, high society playboy -- much like the characters Newman was playing in the movies -- and as a result, he drew his hero as if he were drawing Paul Newman. Especially in Green Lantern's earliest adventures, the resemblance is unmistakable.

Newman also directed and produced films, beginning with Rachel, Rachel in 1968, which was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture. He directed and starred in Sometimes A Great Notion, based on Ken Kesey's novel and co-starring Henry Fonda. He produced They Might Be Giants with George C. Scott, and directed an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie, starring his wife Joanne Woodward and John Malkovich. In 2007 he announced his retirement from acting.


[1] Newman self-identified as Jewish, "because it's more of a challenge", per Earl Blackwell (1991). His mother was Roman Catholic, his father Jewish.

Father: Arthur Simon Newman (German-Jewish, sporting goods store owner, b. 1894, d. 1950)
Mother: Theresa Fetzer (Catholic, converted to Christian Scientist, b. 1896, d. 1982)
Brother: Arthur Newman, Jr. (b. 1924)
Wife: Jacqueline Witte (stage actress, m. 1949, div. 1958, one son, two daughters)
Son: Scott Newman (actor, b. 23-Sep-1950, d. 20-Nov-1978, drug overdose)
Daughter: Susan Kendall Newman (stage actress, b. 21-Feb-1953)
Daughter: Stephanie Newman
Wife:
Joanne Woodward (m. 29-Jan-1958, three daughters)
Daughter: Claire Newman
Daughter: Elinor Teresa Newman ("Nell", b. 8-Apr-1959, runs Newman's Own Organics)
Daughter: Melissa Newman (b. 17-Sep-1961)

    High School: Shaker Heights High School, Cleveland, OH (1943)
    University: Kenyon College
    University: Ohio University, Athens (expelled)
    University: BA Economics, Kenyon College (1949)
    University: School of Drama, Yale University (attended postgraduate)

    The Weinstein Company Advisor
    Al Franken for Senate
    Center for Defense Information Board of Advisors
    Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy Board of Directors
    Dean for America
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Friends of Hillary
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    Institute for Policy Studies
    Jifunze Project Advisory Board
    Nader 2000
    National Leadership PAC
    Obama for America
    Oscar (honorary) 1986
    Oscar for Best Actor 1987 for The Color of Money
    Golden Globe 1957 for Most Promising Newcomer, Male
    Golden Globe 1964 for World Film Favorite, Male
    Golden Globe 1966 for World Film Favorite, Male
    Golden Globe 1969 Best Director for Rachel, Rachel
    Four Freedoms Medal
    Kennedy Center Honor 1992
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7060 Hollywood Blvd.
    Expelled from School
    Nixon's Enemies List "Radic-lib causes. Heavy McCarthy involvement '68. Used effectively in nationwide T.V. commercials. '72 involvement certain."
    Ordained by the Universal Life Church Minister
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Color Blindness, Lung Cancer

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    The Glass Menagerie (19-Sep-1987)
    Harry and Son (2-Mar-1984)
    The Shadow Box (Sep-1980)
    The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (20-Dec-1972)
    Sometimes a Great Notion (19-Jan-1972)
    Rachel, Rachel (26-Aug-1968)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Price of Sugar (11-Mar-2007) · Narrator
    Cars (14-Mar-2006) [VOICE]
    Roving Mars (27-Jan-2006)
    Empire Falls (28-May-2005)
    Tell Them Who You Are (11-Sep-2004) · Himself
    Road to Perdition (12-Jul-2002) · John Rooney
    Where the Money Is (14-Apr-2000)
    Message in a Bottle (12-Feb-1999)
    Twilight (6-Mar-1998) · Harry Ross
    Super Speedway (1997) · Himself [VOICE]
    Nobody's Fool (23-Dec-1994) · Sully
    Baseball (18-Sep-1994) · Himself
    The Hudsucker Proxy (11-Mar-1994) · Sidney J. Mussburger
    Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (23-Nov-1990)
    Blaze (13-Dec-1989)
    Fat Man and Little Boy (20-Oct-1989) · Gen. Leslie R. Groves
    The Color of Money (17-Oct-1986) · Eddie
    Harry and Son (2-Mar-1984)
    The Verdict (8-Dec-1982) · Frank Galvin
    Absence of Malice (19-Nov-1981) · Gallagher
    Fort Apache the Bronx (6-Feb-1981)
    The Day the World Ended (28-Mar-1980)
    Quintet (16-Feb-1979) · Essex
    Slap Shot (25-Feb-1977) · Reggie
    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (24-Jun-1976)
    Silent Movie (16-Jun-1976) · Himself
    The Drowning Pool (Jul-1975)
    The Towering Inferno (10-Dec-1974) · Doug Roberts
    The Sting (25-Dec-1973) · Henry Gondorff
    The Mackintosh Man (25-Jul-1973)
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (18-Dec-1972)
    Pocket Money (1-Feb-1972)
    Sometimes a Great Notion (19-Jan-1972) · Hank
    WUSA (19-Aug-1970)
    King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (24-Mar-1970) · Himself
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (23-Sep-1969) · Butch Cassidy
    Winning (22-May-1969) · Capua
    The Secret War of Harry Frigg (29-Feb-1968)
    Cool Hand Luke (1-Nov-1967) · Luke
    Hombre (21-Mar-1967) · John Russell
    Torn Curtain (14-Jul-1966) · Prof. Michael Armstrong
    Harper (23-Feb-1966) · Lew Harper
    Lady L (17-Dec-1965) · Armand Denis
    The Outrage (7-Oct-1964) · Juan Carrasco
    What a Way to Go! (12-May-1964) · Larry Flint
    The Prize (25-Dec-1963) · Andrew Craig
    A New Kind of Love (30-Oct-1963)
    Hud (28-May-1963) · Hud Bannon
    Adventures of a Young Man (18-Jul-1962)
    Sweet Bird of Youth (21-Mar-1962) · Chance Wayne
    Paris Blues (27-Sep-1961) · Ram Bowen
    The Hustler (25-Sep-1961) · Eddie Felson
    From the Terrace (15-Jul-1960) · Alfred Eaton
    Exodus (27-Mar-1960) · Ari Ben Canaan
    The Young Philadelphians (21-May-1959) · Anthony Judson Lawrence
    Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (23-Dec-1958) · Harry Bannerman
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (18-Sep-1958) · Brick Pollitt
    The Left Handed Gun (7-May-1958) · Billy the Kid
    The Long, Hot Summer (3-Apr-1958)
    Until They Sail (8-Oct-1957) · Capt. Jack Harding
    The Helen Morgan Story (2-Oct-1957)
    The Rack (2-Nov-1956)
    Somebody Up There Likes Me (3-Jul-1956) · Rocky Graziano
    The Silver Chalice (20-Dec-1954) · Basil


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