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.