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Paul Newman Quick Facts
|Newman in 1963|
|Birth Date/Birth Place||Paul Leonard Newman
(1925-01-26)January 26, 1925
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
|Death||September 26, 2008(2008-09-26)
Westport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|School or College(s)||Kenyon College (B.A., 1949)|
|Job(s)||Actor, voice actor, film director, producer, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, activist|
|Active Since||1951–2007 (retired)|
(m. 1949; div. 1958)
(m. 1958; his death 2008)
|Kid(s)||6; including Scott, Nell, and Melissa Newman|
Paul Newman , born the to Shaker Heights (Ohio) and death
Paul Newman’s Biography
Childhood and training
Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His father, Arthur Samuel Newman, was Jewish Simon Newman and Hannah Cohn, his grandparents, were immigrants from Hungary and Poland, and his mother, Theresa Fetzer or Fetsko (Slovak: Terézia Fecková), was Catholic with Slovak and Hungarian roots. Paul Newman also considered himself a Jew, because he said “it’s more than a challenge”.
He spends a quiet adolescence in the Shaker Heights neighborhood, hence the nickname “Shaker Heights Boy” (“Shaker Heights Boy”) that he is sometimes given. His father, owner of a sporting goods store, then intends to take over his suite.
During the Second World War, he wants to become a pilot but we discover that he is color-blind. From 1943 to 1945, he participated in the Pacific War as a radio / machine gunner for a Grumman TBF Avenger. All his comrades are killed aboard the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17), hit during the battle of the Gulf of Leyte. He himself is later injured. This incident forbids him to practice the sport and he devotes himself to the theater.
He studied drama first at Yale Drama School, then at the New York Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. Soon, he appeared on Broadway in plays such as Picnic (1953) and The Desperate Hours (1955), which brought him fame.
Beginning in 1954, Paul Newman made his film career. His first film is Victor Saville’s The Silver Chalice.
His performances are noted in Arthur Penn’s The Left Hand (1957), The Burning Roof Cat (1958) and Exodus (1960).
In 1961, he played in The Arnaqueur a character whose role he will take over in The Color of Money by Martin Scorsese (1986). With The Color of Money, Paul Newman finally wins the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Other important roles include his filmography: Luke the Cold Hand (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Kid (1969), The Scam (1973), The Infernal Tower (1974), The Policeman (1981), and The Verdict (1982).
In 1958, Newman married El Rancho Vegas actress Joanne Woodward, whom he knew during the shooting of the movie Fires of the summer. Between them, they beat a record: The married couple in Las Vegas have the longest common life [ref. & Nbsp; necessary]. They have three daughters. Elina-Teresa born in 1959, Melissa-Stewart born in 1961, and Cela-Olivia born in 1965.
As early as 1959, Paul Newman became interested in directing. It begins with a short film: On the harmfulness of tobacco, then continues in this way with Rachel, Rachel (1968), The Clan of the Irreducible (Sometimes a Great Notion) (1971), De the influence of gamma rays on the behavior of daisies (1972), The glass menagerie (1986).
He obtained (in addition to his 39 film nominations) a Golden Globe Award for Rachel, Rachel in 1969 and the Oscar for Best Actor in 1986 for his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money.
In addition to his acting career, Newman has embarked on various charitable activities. For example, he created a brand of food products (Newman’s Own) whose profits are donated to children’s charities. It organizes camps for cancerous children and financially supports centers for people abusing drugs or alcohol.
Delegate from Connecticut to the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago in 1968, he participates in the election campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern as part of the primaries for the presidential election and takes part in conferences for nuclear disarmament .
He also plays an important role in the fight against drugs by creating with his wife the Scott Newman Foundation in memory of his son who died of overdose and in civil rights movements.
Paul Newman had taken a stand for the defense of gay rights. In particular, he said & nbsp ;: I support the rights of gays. And I support them openly. Since I was little, I have never been able to understand the attacks on the gay community. Human beings have so many qualities. When I’m done with all that I really admire in a person, what they can do with their private parts is so low in the list that it becomes insignificant. “
Paul Newman is also known for his involvement in motorsport. He discovered motor racing in 1968, during the filming of Virages in which he played the lead role, that of an Indianapolis 500-mile pilot trying to reconcile his career and his love life.>
Falling in love with the sport, he then makes the most of his financial well-being and, in parallel with his acting career, starts a career as a racing driver. Given his age, Newman obviously can not aim for the heights, but he still manages to win the second place of the 24 Hours of 1979 Le Mans crewed with Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour on a Porsche 935 Dick Barbour Racing. / p>
In 1995, Paul Newman also won a category victory on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Daytona (3rd overall in Ford Mustang, after a 5th place in 1977 on Ferrari 365 GTB). A model of the famous Rolex watch brand Rolex Daytona will be baptized by collectors Paul Newman Daytona.
Paul Newman’s passion for the race also materialized in 1978 with the creation of a CanAm team, the Newman Racing, and in 1983 with a team from CART / Champ Car in partnership with Carl Haas, a figure well known to American motorsport. Since its creation, the Newman / Haas Racing team (which became Newman / Haas / Lanigan Racing in 2007 and has been participating since 2008 in the IndyCar Series) has become one of the most famous American races. Pilots such as Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Cristiano da Matta and more recently Sebastien Bourdais shone in particular. In 2005, more than 80 years old, Newman even took the wheel again during the 24 hours of Daytona with his drivers Sébastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira.
In May 2007, with lung cancer, Paul Newman announces the end of his film career.
He dies the at the age of 83 at his home in Westport, Connecticut ] ,,.
In December 1949, Paul Newman married Jackie Witte, whom he divorced in 1958. They had three children: Scott (1950-1978, died of an overdose), Susan born in 1953 and Stephanie born in 1954.
The actor then married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958. They have three daughters Elina-Teresa, Melissa-Stewart, and Clea-Olivia. They are celebrating 50 years of marriage in January 2008.
He is the godfather of actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Paul Newman Net Worth – $80 Million
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