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Dead Person of the Day September 26 – Paul Newman

No Comments 27 September 2011

Boy oh boy folks! Here at the NOR we normally get excited about the deceased but today – oh man! – today is something special. Fresh off a back-to-back-TO-BACK movie marathon of Cool Hand Luke, The Sting and Slapshot we are amped like its 1995 and we just drank two Jolts.

Enjoy today’s DPD. It comes from Aljean Harmetz from the NYT…..

Paul Newman one of the last of the great 20th-century movie stars, died Friday at his home in Westport, Conn. He was 83.er 28, 2008)

The cause was cancer, said Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Company, Mr. Newman’s publicists.

IfMarlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy

He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless.

Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into a craggy, charismatic old age even as he redefined himself as more than Hollywood star. He raced cars, opened summer camps for ailing children and became a nonprofit entrepreneur with a line of foods that put his picture on supermarket shelves around the world.

Mr. Newman made his Hollywood debut in the 1954 costume film The Silver Chalice. Stardom arrived a year and a half later, when he inherited from James Dean the role of the boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. Mr. Dean had been killed in a car crash before the screenplay was finished. Continue reading

 

 


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