Death of a great actor: Paul Newman

Actually, “great actor” doesn’t seem quite adequate to describe Paul Newman. A Titan of Hollywood, writes the New York Times. What a career!

The last time I saw Paul Newman in a film was in The Road to Perdition. He was then in his late 70s, and more handsome, more charismatic than ever. Remember that scene in the crypt of the church, where he told Tom Hanks that neither of them was going to Heaven? One of the great moments in the history of cinema.

So thank you, Mr. Newman.

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9 Comments to “Death of a great actor: Paul Newman”

  1. Eva says:

    It is so sad. Paul Newman is one of my favourite actors, because not only was he incredible onscreen, he was also incredible in real life.

  2. Danielle says:

    This was sad news indeed! He was one very classy man. Why can’t more actors in Hollywood be like Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward?

  3. He really was a great actor. I am shocked at his death, although I should not be, since he was in his eighties. I love how, when asked if he had ever cheated on his wife Joanne Woodward, he replied, “When I can have steak at home, why go out for hamburger.”

  4. Elisa says:

    I saw him in PBS’s Masterpiece Theater: American Collection: “Our Town” while in college. It was one of his last appearances on TV.
    It was interesting how they filmed the play on stage.

  5. Catherine Delors says:

    Eva, Danielle, Elena – There are so many things to admire in him, beside his career. Indeed his 50 year marriage to Joanne Woodward was an admirable oddity in Hollywood.
    And Elisa, I regret not to have seen his latest work for TV. Hopefully it will be rereleased soon.

  6. Georgie Dixon says:

    Planet Earth is not quite as sweet without Mr. Newman. There will never be another as special. Paul Newman was the epitome of class!

  7. Brittany says:

    I love your blog, and I might have to pick up the book :)

  8. Sheramy says:

    I watched a wonderful tribute on CNN over the weekend with part of his interviews on Larry King. He truly was a class act: all that talent, so gorgeous, so incredibly generous…but humble as can be. One of a kind.

  9. Catherine Delors says:

    Georgie and Sheramy – Agreed. And thank you, Brittany. Please let me know what you think once you read Mistress.