rest in peace Paul

(Sometimes, nothin’ can be a real cool hand. – promoted by kestrel9000)

Paul Newman

from yahoo news

WESTPORT, Conn. – Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as the anti-hero of such films as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money” – and as an activist, race car driver and popcorn impresario – has died. He was 83.

Newman died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

He got his start in theater and on television during the 1950s, and went on to become one of the world’s most enduring and popular film stars, a legend held in awe by his peers. He was nominated for Oscars 10 times, winning one regular award and two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Sting” and “Absence of Malice.”

Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on President Nixon’s “enemies list,” one of the actor’s proudest achievements, he liked to say.

In 1982, Newman and his Westport neighbor, writer A.E. Hotchner, started a company to market Newman’s original oil-and-vinegar dressing. Newman’s Own, which began as a joke, grew into a multimillion-dollar business selling popcorn, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce and other foods. All of the company’s profits are donated to charities. By 2007, the company had donated more than $175 million, according to its Web site.

Hotchner said Newman should have “everybody’s admiration.”

“For me it’s the loss of an adventurous freindship over the past 50 years and it’s the loss of a great American citizen,” Hotchner told The Associated Press.


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    • TMC on September 27, 2008 at 17:27

    He will be so missed.

    May the Goddess guide him on his journey to the Summerlands. May his family, friends and everyone who knew this man through his Art, find Peace.

    Blessed Be.

    • RiaD on September 27, 2008 at 17:28

    i fell in love with him in ‘cool hand luke’, his blue, blue eyes seemed to speak solely to me.

    i saw ‘butch & sundance’ so many times i could recite the whole movie along with them.

    he lived his life according to his principles, giving away millions in charity.

    i will miss him.

    • TMC on September 27, 2008 at 17:41

    will live for a longtime. The after tax profits from all of his line of products (popcorn, salsa, salad dressings, etc.) go to charity. The Hole in the Wall camp for children will continue. Paul Newman was truly a Great, loving man. Blessed Be.

  1. Just 3 years ago, Newman stole the show in the fabulous made for TV movie Empire Falls.

    Do yourself a favor and see it. A great actor at any age.

    Of course, on top of all of his other talents, Newman was a pretty good skater too. 😉

  2. was the handsomest man in the world. He was also one great actor and an intelligent humanistic liberal. I will miss his presence here but we do have his wonderful body of work. Hud and Cool Hand Luke, were the first movies I saw him in  and I like you RiaD was smitten. He was the definition of a cool man. Thank you Paul you did good.    

    • pfiore8 on September 27, 2008 at 18:07

    so so sorry for Joanne. a true love story.

    only a few perfect movie scenes. this was one……….

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh shit……………….  

  3. That’s right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn’t know it ‘fore, they could tell right then that they weren’t a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Oh, Luke. He was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he’s a natural-born world-shaker.

  4. would make him a great man.

    He will be missed.

  5. of the Golden Age of Capitalism passes away… reminding us of the distance in time between then and now…

    • ctrenta on September 27, 2008 at 21:21

    RIP Paul! Charlestown Chiefs forever!

    • Edger on September 28, 2008 at 00:10

    trying to saves his friends life, in a scene with Richard Jaekel in Sometimes a Great Notion (from the book by Ken Kesey)

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