Thursday, October 02, 2008

Screen Legend Paul Newman Dead at 83

I know this post is a bit late, but for those of you haven't heard Paul Newman is dead. He passed away on September 26, 2008 losing a long battle to cancer. He is one of the few actors who has reached true Legendary status and is an iconic figure in cinematic history. From the sound of it he was also a pretty great guy in real life as well. Besides the fact that he was married for fifty years (to the same woman), a feat almost completely unheard of in Hollywood, he was also a philanthropist of massive proportions. All proceeds from the Newman's Own food line that bore his name and image were donated to charity.

Before he left us, though, he gave us countless unforgetable performances. From his classic on-screen team-ups with Robert Redford in the classics "The Sting", and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (a personal favourite of mine) all the way to "The Color of Money" and 2002's "Road to Perdition" there was never a role that he did not seem to embrace wholeheartedly. He always seemed to effortlessly enter into the headspace of all the characters he portrayed and take the audience on the journey with him. He truly was a giant of a man and his legacy will undoubtedly live on for generations to come.


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