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Paul Newman – Hollywood icon, an American actor, director, producer. Ten times nominated for “Oscar”, three received it. Also winner of the Award Actors Guild, the two “Golden Globes”, “Emmy” awards at Berlin and Cannes film festivals. The most famous films with Paul – “The Sting,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Hustler,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Road to Perdition,” “Fools No”, “The Color of Money,” ” Verdict”.
Paul Leonard Newman was born to a Slovak Jew, and January 26, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. n was in the Navy, and after the war returned to his hometown. Newman wanted to be an actor, so when his father left him a legacy of a small sporting goods store, a young man boldly it sold and the proceeds went to his dream. At 22 years old, in 1947, Paul enrolled in the School of acting at Yale University. In the early ’50s Newman began to flash on television in the series. In the 27 years I began to appear on Broadway.
In the 29 years Paul first appeared in the movie – “The Silver Chalice” (1954), where he played the main role of the Greek sculptor. Following turned into Rocky boxer in “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956). Already in 1958, Newman has received a prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival for the title role in “The Long Hot Summer” (1958). He often acted – in three or four films a year, and soon won the attention of critics and the love of the public, who could not resist the sight of blue eyes and charisma of the actor.
Runaway success brought duet with Elizabeth Taylor in the drama “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958). It became a household name of the hero, played by them hijacker from the famous movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969). He was famous for an experienced fraudster from film “The Sting” (1973), where Paul played with Robert Redford, a virtuoso player of billiards picture of Martin Scorsese’s “The Color of Money” (1986).
Winning actor Paul Newman without number – a victory and a nomination for “Oscar”, Venice and Cannes Film Festivals, a BAFTA, “Amy” and “Golden Globe”. For 50-year career in the movie Paul Newman played more than 80 roles. The actor brilliantly embodied completely diverse characters – whether it’s waking from failures lawyer ( “The Verdict”, 1982) or a dour sidelets ( “Cool Hand Luke”, 1967).
At 43, Paul made his directorial debut film “Rachel, Rachel” (1968), which was nominated for “Oscar”. For 17 years, he took another 5 films.
In addition, Paul was an athlete-race driver, won the US national racing championships. Newman also was a renowned philanthropist. At 57 years old movie star was asked to participate in the business of production of sauces under the brand name «Newman’s Own». “Yes, you ohreneli? ? Stick on my face on the jar of mayonnaise “By agreeing to this, I felt like a real whore – recalls the actor. – And then suddenly I decided that if I’m going to give all the money to charity, no one can call me a prostitute. ” In total, Newman donated more than $ 250 million for education and charity.
In 1990, the actor was voted People magazine one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1995 he took the 12th place among the 100 most sexy stars in movie history, according to the authoritative magazine Empire.
The actor has been married twice – his three children from Jackie Newman and second wife – actress Joanne Woodward.
Paul Newman has died at age 83, 26 September 2008th in Westport Connecticut, as a result of cancer. “Being an actor – not to create something. It means something to explain, – said Paul. – People say that I – an icon. I do not think so”.