Paul Newman

Paul Newman


1/26/1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA



Birth Name

Paul Leonard Newman


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He was born in an affluent suburb of Cleveland called Shaker Heights. Born to parents Arthur S. Newman Sr. and Theresa Fetzer. He has one brother named Arthur. Before he became an actor, Newman ran the family sporting goods store in Cleveland, Ohio

Allegedly at Ohio University in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1986, Paul won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Fast Eddie Felson on The Color of Money.

    • He stopped signing autographs when someone asked him, while he using a urinal.

    • Following Paul's death, McLaren Formula One team boss, Ron Dennis, expressed his condolences to his family and revealed he had organized a secret test in a Procar a number of years earlier.

    • Paul was an Advisory Board Member for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund charitable organization.

    • In 1995, 2004 and 2006, Paul was nominated for SAG Guild Awards. In 1995, Paul was nominated for Nobody's Fool in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role". In 2004, Paul was nominated for "Our Town" in the category of "Oustanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries". In 2006, Paul won the SAG Award for "Empire Falls" in the category of "Oustanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries".

    • In June 2007, Paul donated $US10 million to Kenyon College, the school from which he graduated. The money was to help establish its single largest scholarship fund.

    • Paul has described his political views as "pretty left of left".

    • Paul won a 2006 Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in Empire Falls.

    • Within a span of just five months in the year 2003, Paul was nominated for an Oscar (as Supporting Actor in the film Road to Perdition, a Tony, and an Emmy (both for his performance in Our Town).

    • Paul's name was discovered on President Richard Nixon's "enemies list", after all the papers of Watergate were revealed.

    • In 1979, Paul actually finished 2nd in the Le Mans 24hr race driving a Porsche 935.

    • Paul owns half of the Champ Car (auto racing) team called Newman-Haas.

    • Paul has his own line of food products, "Newman's Own" which includes his best known product, salad dressings.

    • Paul is the owner and founder of The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, which is a summer camp for children with cancer and other blood-related diesases (and their siblings) in Ashford, Connecticut.

    • Paul once said that the sound he loves the most is that of a V-8 engine.

    • In 1993, Paul won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for all his charitable work.

    • In 1968, Paul directed his first motion picture Rachel, Rachel which starred his wife Joanne Woodward.

    • In 1954, Paul made his screen debut in the film The Silver Chalice.

    • After spending a year at Yale Drama School, Paul went to New York and attending the famed New York Actor's Studio.

    • In 1953, while attending post-graduate school at Yale University's School of Drama, Paul starred in his first Broadway play Picnic.

    • In 1949, Paul received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Economics from Kenyon College.

    • After attending Ohio University for one year, he was expelled.

    • Before he became an actor, Paul actually ran his family's sporting goods store in Cleveland, Ohio.

    • Paul trained to be a pilot while in the U.S. Navy, but was unable to complete because of his color blindness.

    • In 2003, Paul was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Our Town.

    • In 1968, Paul traveled the U.S. stumping for Eugene McCarthy during his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

    • Paul and his wife Joanne Woodward are the only couple to win acting Academy Awards while they were married.

    • Paul was voted the 6th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.

    • In 2005, Paul won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Max Roby on Empire Falls.

  • Quotes

    • Paul Newman: Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing, it's hard to take yourself seriously.