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

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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.

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    I've personally found really difficult to pick just one word to cl@ssify him. I was very sad and sorry when I've heard about his death, even tough he was really sick. In my opinion with his death the world has lost one of the greatest man and actor of all time.. He was a star but not the kind of star that behave like they are the owner of the world.. he was a true gentleman and a great human being, one of the latest man of the Old Hollywood. His movies are all masterpieces: "The sting", "Torn Curtain", "The virdict", "Butch Cassidy" just to name a few. I'm sure he will definitely will be missed.moreless
  • "Legend" seems like too small a word to describe Paul Newman.

    Although he was one of the most recognized names and faces in the history of film entertainment, Paul Newman never fell in with the Hollywood crowd. As a profoundly personal man (he rarely ever even gave out autographs), he shunned most reporters and interviewers. Only those that he felt were a credit to their profession (Barbara Walters, Johnny Carson, etc.) ever got him to agree to an interview. His performances on stage and on film were superb and will never be equaled.

    In addition to his work as an actor, he championed so many charitable causes. His "Newman's Own" brand of consumer goods has raised over 200 million dollars for causes that Newman felt strongly about like the "Hole In The Wall" camps for gravely ill children.

    People like Mr. Newman come along once in a very long time. His passing on September 26 2008 was both a sad day in that he is no longer with us and a day to celebrate all that he accomplished in his life and the legacy he left behind.moreless