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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 09/27/2008

Remembering Paul Newman

By Liz Kelly

Sad news prompts this morning's out of the ordinary weekend post: Paul Newman succumbed to cancer yesterday at age 83. An actor for the ages and a truly all around good guy, in Celebritology land he's about as un-snarkable as they come.

The Post's Stephen Hunter eulogizes Newman as a man at his "best when he was too busy thinking to care about the looks he'd been given." The features staff here at has also assembled a gallery looking back at Newman's legendary career.

Take a deeper look back at the man's life and legacy with these links:

Bio (Wikipedia)
Filmography (
Celebrating Paul Newman (

And, finally, here's a screen test Newman did with James Dean for "East of Eden," circa 1955. Nothing special and Newman ended up not being cast in the Elia Kazan movie, but it does capture the man's spark, which was considerable:

If you're around and so inclined, share your favorite memories of Newman below -- be it his most famous turn as Butch Cassidy to Robert Redford's Sundance Kid, his unbreakable prisoner in "Cool Hand Luke" or even his visage smiling at you from a bottle of Newman's Own salad dressing.

By Liz Kelly  | September 27, 2008; 11:07 AM ET
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The Captain and Luke did not have a failure to communicate. The Captain knew he could never break Luke's spirit, only his body. Luke knew that the Captain could not break his spirit but would break his body.

In the end, Luke lived on while the Captain became only another indistinguishable grass whip in the annuals of road maintenance.

Posted by: Elias Howe | September 27, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Takin' it off here, boss!"

Posted by: Elias Howe | September 27, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He got his first Oscar win in 1987 for reprising the role of Fast Eddie Felson from THe Hustler. We will not discuss his co-star for the reprise movie.

The year before, the Academy gave Mr. Newman an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. When he won a competitive Oscar the next year, Mr. Newman had a field day.

He and Ms. Woodward were married for 50 years. They got the heck out of Hollywood to raise their kids, and they avoided the whole paps thing by remaining private.

Today's Hollywood "stars" could learn something from the Newmans - both about acting and marriage.

Posted by: ep | September 27, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Loved HIM.... Loved Him... Loved Him....My heartfelt sympathy are sent to his beloved family. Paul Newman was one of a kind never again will we experience his type of a masculinity.

Posted by: Ess | September 27, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I fell in love with Paul Newman as the character of Ari Ben Canaan. I fell in love all over again when I received the honor of studying with him at Kenyon. He was above all else a great and wonderful human being.

Posted by: Tess | September 27, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The thing I loved most about Paul Newman on screen was his cockiness.

The thing I loved most about Paul Newman off screen was his humility.

Go with God, Pa Newman.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | September 27, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

One of the topics of the pillow talk between me and the Lovely Mrs. byoolin last night was about how often we'll talk about a well-known person and that person dies within a few days. Of course, it doesn't always happen that way, as she pointed out to me:

"What about Paul Newman? You and your Celebritology friends have been predicting that he was going to die," she said, remembering when the reports came out in June that he was sick.

Now look what we've done. Crap.

He was one of my favourites.

Posted by: byoolin will miss Fast Eddie. | September 27, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

May the angels lead you into Paradise.

Posted by: Jill | September 27, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It's difficult to sum up a person's life in a few choice words especially when that
person is Paul Newman. Just looking at his
photo or watching him on screen made me want to hug him or kiss him on the cheek, in the way I felt about my older brother or
a very close friend. Adieu, mon ami.

Posted by: connie | September 27, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I saw him win at Road Atlanta. That race changed the lives of many people who thought they were "too old" to make significant contributions to life; he inspired many of us to new careers...

Posted by: Duane Toole | September 27, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

"Going up to heaven Luke?"

"Going up to heaven Boss."

Posted by: Chris | September 27, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

He was a real genuine article and I extend condolences to his wife, Joanne and his family. Those of us from Connecticut were proud to have him as a neighbor in Westport, where he has lived since the '50's. In films like the Long Hot Summer and Hud, he was luminous.
In From the Terrace and Exodus, he was genuine and believable. I will miss him.

Posted by: David G | September 27, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

We lost a great man when Paul Newman died. The Remembering Site is a non-profit that encourages older people to write their life stories before passing away. We would be so appreciative if you would please encourage your older readers to get their stories down. We make it easy to do so at

Posted by: The Remembering Site | September 27, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I would bet Paul is on his way to a new journey, heaven like, right now, some place tranquil yet full of life, the beauty of nature, like untouched West Virginia.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 27, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

He epitomized a period of time when I was growing up with films like Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, Butch Cassidy, etc. A real body of important work, both serious like The Hustler and fun, like The Sting. Not only was he a great actor, he was a great person. The time and money he devoted to children ailing and dying from disease is without peer. He has set an example for all of us and I only hope that we can try to emulate him. He was a person of conscience and ethics, a loving father and husband, a loyal friend. Is there anything more?

Posted by: janet | September 27, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

As great as the loss is to the world (of a dedicated humanitarian) and the screen, PLN -- the name above his door -- was a phenomenal race driver, and could easily have made a career there. Four-time national champion in SCCA, second in the 24 Hours of LeMans, and winner of the Daytona 24-hour at age 70(!) before becoming an IndyCar team owner, Newman's passing takes a big bite out of the racing world.

Posted by: jj | September 27, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I first learned how much I love Paul Newman from my mother. We could sit and watch his movies forever.

I am selfishly saddened that I don't get to share more time on earth with him, but I'm hopeful that we should all get to live such a long life filled with love, talent and above all, generosity.

Posted by: Sully | September 27, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Just A Legend!!
What more can be said..

Go with God..

Posted by: Alagee.. | September 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Newman for showing all of us that life can be lived to its fullest no matter what your age.

Posted by: EricS | September 27, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

From Hud, to Empire Falls, Paul Newman always told a story in his movies. We'll miss him.

Posted by: MstrBones | September 27, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Sundance: I can't swim!

Butch: You can't swim? Hell, the fall will kill ya.

RIP Mr. Newman. Truly a class act, the world will never see another like you.

Posted by: jes | September 27, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Mayhap a funeral among men is a wedding feast among the angels. Kahlil Gibran

Posted by: ranchorama | September 27, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Sully, my mom adored Paul Newman too, one of the few things we agreed upon.

Posted by: Nosy Parker | September 27, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

will miss paul newman forever! he was the perfect man with great looks and a humble personality! if we could only get more men to have a humble personality! god bless all those who had the great pleasure of knowing him personally! i will always miss the sexy man of the 70s! been a fan since butch cassidy and sundance kid and that other sexy man robert redford!

Posted by: misshimforever | September 27, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

two daughters and a son who pass away from his first marriage! let include them too!

Posted by: folkshehad | September 27, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

A REAL man. He gave the shirt off his back and he meant it and asked noting in return. Heart of gold. A true loss to humanity. It' will take some mighty big wings to fit that soul.Rest in Peace, Paul.

Posted by: Clay | September 27, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Paul Newman was a class act....a man of strength, honesty and conviction.

He did not fall prey to the "Hollywood glamourous life" and remained married to the woman of his dreams. He supported worthy causes and genuinely cared about those who were less fortunate than himself.

He made it a point to donate all profits from his business to help terminally-ill children and supported political candidates with similar humanitarian views.

A true legend....a man who could never be "derailed" by the Media.....he was perfection in an imperfect world.

May he rest in peace.......... Judy

Posted by: Judith M. | September 27, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

they don't make em like that anymore,what a man.

Posted by: fred | September 27, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Tributes quotes for Newman:

Posted by: AP | September 27, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

What a great guy. Listening to his voice in the movie "Cars" not too long ago reminded me of all the great work he has done. A legend. RIP, Mr. Newman.

Posted by: td | September 27, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is calling Paul Newman class act. Because he was a class act, and that's a rare thing. My sympathies to his family and friends, and the rest of us for this loss of a great man. We're fortunate to have the legacy of his films and his philanthropy.

Posted by: Islamorada Girl | September 27, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

when i was younger in my 20s i would go looking for famous people homes in ct! find katherine hepburns home once and yes she did have a sign up saying "go away"! that when i learned about famous people do need respect for their private lives! but i did go to westport looking for paul newman but just find the famous theatre there ! thanks paul for memories of you we will have forever!

Posted by: grewupinct | September 27, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

What a great actor and human being. Though unknown to her, my 7yo loves Newman's character in Cars, Doc Hudson. As we listed out the things we remembered him from, his voice work from the Cars movie stood out for me: He never stopped making contributions anywhere he could. He was performing to a whole new audience in a whole different way, but his talent still came through. Kids were happy with a great character, but as a parent knowing the actor, it couldn't have been a better choice to play the retired race car who comes out to help the rookie. To touch so many lives, through his career and his choice to help out - he's an amazing man. He leaves a legacy in his work and philanthropy that is hard to match.

Posted by: rachelt | September 27, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Only you were "The Man".

Thank you for all you have done for humanity.

Posted by: Hartley | September 27, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Three words!


and Paul, with me there never was a "failure to communicate."

Posted by: Daniel | September 27, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

RIP Paul Newman
Condolences to his family.

Posted by: methinks | September 27, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Newman's $200+ million contributions to children's charities and his "second career" in auto racing would constitute a life of extraordinary generosity and accomplishment. But he did that acting thing, too.

I hope that somewhere, somehow, there are parking meters being decapitated at this moment.

Posted by: Noah | September 27, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Patricia Bosworth did a very nice article (pre-obit) about Paul Newman in the September issue of VF. You have to love a man that gives all every facet of his life.

Posted by: Vrooooom | September 27, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Sure, sure...Paul Newman was a great man...sure, sure.

I think my best memory of Paul Newman is that one of my high school female friends would just drool over him, especially that scene in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof where he is shirtless.

The world of acting lost one of the great ones today.

Posted by: Dorkus | September 27, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Dorkus...nice Sidney J. Mussberger/Hudsucker Proxy reference!

You can be sure Paul Newman doesn't need to come back for a second chance. It did it about as right as you can do it the first time around.

Posted by: methinks | September 28, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I would like to think that Mr Newman is driving the car of his dreams on the track
of incomparable smoothness and he can continue to compete as long as he desires to do so!

Goodbye to a friend of humanity

Posted by: Smitty | September 29, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

"They brought their f***in' toys!!"

We'll miss ya, coach.
-The Hanson Bros.

Posted by: Mike | September 29, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Bye Paul, you were a real class act for which every girl had a crush. You will be admired for you your zeal for life, your compassion and giving, and lets not forget those baby blues.

Posted by: hodie | September 29, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Butch and the Sting...I could watch both over and over. But Nobody's Fool is truly enduring for me and one of his friends cites the character as being the most like his true self. His scenes with the divine Jessica Tandy are sublime. What a great man. What a sad loss. How fortunate that we will have his films and his terrific charitable organization to remember him by.

Posted by: hermespal | September 29, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

ah geez- my 2.5 yr old son has already lost two favorite voices- George Carlin, narrator for some of the Thomas tank engine stories and now Paul Newman, the voice of his favorite character, Doc Hudson from the movie Cars. Josh loves to imitate Doc's (Paul's) gravely baritone whenever his character appears on the screen (we look at that movie, on average, about 7 times a week).

Loved him in the Color of Money, but my all-time fav is "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Why he only got one Oscar for his incredible body of work escapes me.

Posted by: plamar1031 | September 29, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Paul Newman was a great actor. Loved Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Exodus--really anything I ever saw him in.

But it was his thoughtfulness, kindness, and giving that made him a hero. As great as he was an actor, he was an even greater human being. God bless him and his family.

Posted by: d | September 29, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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