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."