Legendary Actor Paul Newman Succumbs to Cancer at 83

While several people were watching the U.S. presidential debate Friday or just going about their regular business, actor Paul Newman died as a result of his bout with lung cancer at his home in Connecticut.

One of the things I always respected about Newman as an actor was that he seemed to be the “real deal.” Though several people make fun of Method acting, you can’t argue with the results (Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice). My personal favorite Newman roles include his turn as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Henry Gondorff in The Sting.

Newman is survived by his wife Joanne Woodward (also an excellent actor in her own right) and five children. A really nice tribute with video clips and interviews is at the NY Times.

Posted on September 27, 2008 at 08:55 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-09-27 at 12:04
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    To me, and, I think, to a lot of guys, his most most defining roles are as Butch Cassidy and Cool Hand Luke. His role(s?) as Fast Eddie in both The Hustler and the Color of Money were also fantastic, of course.

    People throw around the word “legend” a lot when older actors pass away, but Newman definitely earned it.

  2. Written by Andrew Hankins
    on 2008-09-27 at 15:44
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    I often agree with you on many things, Gordon, but this comment undoubtedly tops that list.

    There won’t be many others like Paul.

    “I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”

  3. Written by Alison P
    on 2008-09-27 at 22:43
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    Paul Newman was my All Time Favorite Actor so I’ve been pretty despondent at the news.

    He leaves behind quite a legacy though, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such honoring obits.

  4. Written by Lauren R
    on 2008-10-01 at 23:59
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    What a huge loss! My favorite Paul Newman quote, when asked about his fidelity to his wife: Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?”

    That’s the way we oughta treat our mates and should expect to be treated!

    Nowadays it seems a buncha actors just skip out on their women with the nanny. there’s a little rash of that going around it seems. harumph.

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