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|Paul Leonard Newman|
|Birthplace||Shaker Heights, Ohio|
Actor, director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver
|Education||Shaker Heights High School|
|Known for||Founder of Newman's Own, The Color of Money, Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof|
Newman, Paul,1925–2008, American actor, b. Cleveland, Ohio. After performing in a Broadway play (1952–53) and in television dramas, Newman became a versatile film actor and a major Hollywood star. He made his movie debut in 1954 and achieved leading man status with his role in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956). His enduring characterization is of a handsome, insolent, and self-reliant renegade antihero with a penchant for wry humor, as seen in The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973). He won a best-actor Academy Award for The Color of Money (1986) after eight nominations. Later examples of his more than 65 films include Blaze (1988), Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990), Nobody's Fool (1994), and Road to Perdition (2002), his last screen role. Newman also directed several movies, e.g., Rachel, Rachel (1968), usually showcases for his wife and frequent costar, Joanne Woodward. Newman was also was a successful racecar driver, a food-products entrepeneur, and a philanthropist.
See biographies by J. Epstein and E. Z. Morella (1988) and E. Lax (1996).
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Newman, Paul(1925– ) film actor, director, producer; born in Cleveland (husband of Joanne Woodward). After World War II service in the navy, he discovered theater at Kenyon College, going on to Yale Drama School and the Actors Studio in New York. His first Broadway role in Picnic (1953) led to a Hollywood contract and he was soon launched on a long string of popular hits that exploited his peculiar blend of blue-eyed masculinity, ironic humor, obvious intelligence, and a dash of rebelliousness; despite several Oscar nominations, he won his first for The Color of Money (1986). In addition to directing and producing movies, he was also a serious motor racer and he lent his name to food products (the profits going to a camp for children with terminal illnesses). Outspoken in endorsing liberal political and social causes, in 1978 he even served as a U.S. delegate to a UN disarmament conference.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.