Paul Newman (1925 – 2008)

by | Sep 29th, 2008 | 10:12AM | Filed under: News

He will be missed
This past weekend brought us the sad news that Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman passed away Friday evening in his Connecticut farmhouse.  As tributes poured in across newspapers and newscasts, I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that Newman really was one of those rare, universally-loved, all-around nice guys.  And he certainly lived life to its fullest.  He served in the Navy in World War II, performed on Broadway, acted in and directed movies, raced cars and created a food products company — Newman’s Own — that has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charity.  Further, his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children has expanded to three countries outside of the U.S and helps thousands of kids each year.

Paul’s generous spirit will live on through his charities, and his fun-loving personality will continue to shine through his performances in movies as varied as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Color of Money.  But as actor Kevin Spacey said best about Newman’s passing, "An era just ended."

3 Responses to “Paul Newman (1925 – 2008)”

  1. gary
    Posted on September 29, 2008 at 11:23 am

    the guy was a true inspiration…

  2. Sue
    Posted on September 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I pretty much “grew up” with Paul Newman. He’s 13 years my senior, so he was probably the first “man” I was in love with … along with most of my female peers. There were those who thought Sinatra’s “baby blues” were the best — I believe Newmans were the best! I always felt, in interviews, that you got the real man. I remember one in which he admitted that his marriage to Joan was less than perfect, but that “no one else would have us.” That was honest, laying it on the line, and made him a true human being. In spite of the imperfect marriage, they stuck it out, and I would imagine she was his greatest comforter in the last moments of his life. The man enjoyed life, did what he wanted to do, brought himself down to the average person’s level, no pretenses. Add his charitable contributions, and I would say that he has left behind a legacy (legacies?) that must make him smile down on us from his perch in Heaven. And his movies? I didn’t miss a one! God rest his soul.

  3. Erika Olson
    Posted on September 30, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Wow, Sue, I feel like you just wrote a very fitting tribute to Newman yourself! It’s definitely a slightly sadder world now that he is gone, but it’s such a huge thing to have been able to touch so many lives… he will obviously be smiling down on us in the future as you suggested.
    - Erika