Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman has died, the Academy-Award winning superstar

I read on Yahoo News that Paul Newman, has died.

Yahoo: " the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money," has died. He was 83."

And as a good looking man, with beautiful blue eyes, he had to play-down his looks to get the roles he wanted: "With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favorite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. "I was always a character actor," he once said. "I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood."

I sent my father an article on him from Vanity Fair Magazine recently. He was really excited to read it, and I hope you get to see some of Paul Newman's films.

Did you know: "He later studied at Yale University's School of Drama, then headed to New York to work in theater and television, his classmates at the famed Actor's Studio including Brando, James Dean and Karl Malden. His breakthrough was enabled by tragedy: Dean, scheduled to star as the disfigured boxer in a television adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's "The Battler," died in a car crash in 1955. His role was taken by Newman, then a little-known performer. "

Today's films are just not the same, old Hollywood films are the ones that will last, like Paul's.

Yahoo also said that: "Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life."

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