Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman R.I.P. 09-26-08

While myself and much of the nation had our eyes and minds turned toward the Presidential debates, it turns out that World War II veteran, father of six, husband and film superstar Paul Newman passed away in his long-time Connecticut home at the age of 83. 

From the OregonLive article:
Newman made nearly 60 films, originated three classic roles on
Broadway, delivered memorable performances in some of live television's
finest dramas, served as president of the Actors Studio, won
championships as a race car driver and racing team owner, started a
food business on a whim and used it to raise nearly $400 million for
assorted charities, founded an international chain of camps to offer
free vacations and medical care to sick and deprived children, and
participated in politics as a delegate to the Democratic National
Convention, as a delegate to a United Nations conference on nuclear
proliferation and as part-owner of (and occasional guest columnist for)
"The Nation" magazine.

He was nominated for 10 Oscars (winning one, plus two honorary awards),
had a closet full of other prizes, included Golden Globes, Emmys, and
Screen Actors Guild Awards, was granted a Kennedy Center Honor
(accepted in 1992 alongside his wife, Joanne Woodward, who was also
honored) and a lifetime award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center
(also shared with Woodward), and, even a best director prize from the
New York Film Critics Circle for 1968's "Rachel, Rachel," which starred
his wife.

This man was a living legend.  Sadly, he can now simply be referred to as "The Legend".

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