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Paul Newman, RIP

Remembering Paul Newman

For me, Paul Newman epitomized the term "Hollywood movie star." His devastating good looks (especially those blue eyes that make your knees go wobbly), paired with a great talent and sheer charisma made for a rare and winning combination. His cinematic career spanned over 50 years, a feat that only a handful of actors will probably ever match.

The New York Times has a terrific article about his life, and contextualized his mark in film with the following:

If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.

While Newman will be remembered for his extraordinary career in movies, it was his mark in philanthropy and his dedication to his children and his wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward, which ultimately made the man. It's an old cliché but it seems like it was coined for him: beautiful on the inside and out. He will be missed.


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stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
I'm greatly saddened by his passing. Such a star, yet such a down-to-earth man. I was hooked when I saw him in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
He was the epitome of an icon. He had such talent, grace, and goodness that never diminished in the presence of those good looks.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I was so sad to learn that such a fine actor and an outstanding humanitarian has left us. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
One of the greatest--intelligent, witty, classy. The Sting is one of my all time favorite movies because of him.
mswender mswender 8 years
ilanac13- that really is the perfect statement! thank you!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really the end of an era now that he's passed away, but i think that no one could be remembered as fondly as he will be with his legacy living on.
eveday eveday 8 years
He was such an elegant and correct man. Actually, he's from the time when Hollywood stars were classy.
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