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Paul Newman (January 26, 1925) - September 26, 2008) was an American actor and film director.

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Film career

Newman made his Broadway theater debut in the original production of William Inge's Picnic with Kim Stanley. He later appeared in the original Broadway productions of The Desperate Hours and Sweet Bird of Youth with Geraldine Page. He would later star in the film version of Sweet Bird of Youth, which also starred Page.

His first movie, The Silver Chalice (1954) has been described by Newman himself as the "worst movie of the entire 1950s decade," but he rebounded with acclaimed roles in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), as boxer Rocky Graziano, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) opposite Elizabeth Taylor and The Young Philadelphians (1959) with Barbara Rush and Robert Vaughn.

Newman appeared in a screen test with James Dean for East of Eden (1955). Newman was testing for the role of Aron Trask, Dean was testing for the role of Aron's older brother Cal Trask (although Newman is older than Dean). Dean won the part of Cal, while the role Newman was up for went to Dick Davalos. The same year Newman would co-star with Eva Marie Saint and Frank Sinatra in a live - and color - television broadcast of the Thornton Wilder stage play Our Town. In 2003 Newman would act in a remake of Our Town, taking on Sinatra's role as the stage manager.

Major films

Newman was one of the few actors who successfully made the transition from 1950s cinema to that of the 1960s and 1970s. His rebellious persona translated well to a subsequent generation. He has been frequently mentioned by younger actors as an influence.

Newman starred in Exodus (1960), The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Towering Inferno (1974), Slap Shot (1977) and The Verdict (1982). He teamed with fellow actor Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973).

He appeared with his wife, Joanne Woodward, in the feature films The Long, Hot Summer (1958), Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!, (1958), From the Terrace (1960), Paris Blues (1961), A New Kind of Love (1963), Winning (1969), WUSA (1970), The Drowning Pool (1975), Harry & Son (1984) and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990). They also both starred in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls, but did not have any scenes together.

In addition to starring in and directing Harry & Son, Newman also directed four feature films (in which he did not act) starring Woodward. They were Rachel, Rachel (1968), based on Margaret Laurence's A Jest of God, the screen version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972), the television screen version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Shadow Box (1980) and a screen version of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (1987).

Recent work

In 2003, he appeared in a Broadway theatre revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. He received his first Tony Award nomination for his performance. PBS and the cable network Showtime aired a taping of the production, and Newman was nominated for an Emmy Award, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie.

His last screen appearance was as a conflicted mob boss in Road to Perdition opposite Tom Hanks, although he continued to provide voice work for films. In keeping with his strong interest in car racing, he provided the voice of Doc Hudson, a retired race car in Disney/Pixar's Cars. He served as narrator for the 2007 film Dale, about the life of the legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

Filmography, awards, and nominations

As actor

Year Title Role Other notes
1954 The Silver Chalice Basil
1956 Somebody Up There Likes Me Rocky Graziano
The Rack Capt. Edward W. Hall Jr.
1957 The Helen Morgan Story Larry Maddux
Until They Sail Capt. Jack Harding
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Ben Quick
The Left Handed Gun Billy the Kid
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick Pollitt Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Harry Bannerman
1959 The Young Philadelphians Anthony Judson Lawrence
1960 From the Terrace David Alfred Eaton
Exodus Ari Ben Canaan
1961 The Hustler Eddie Felson BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Paris Blues Ram Bowen
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth Chance Wayne Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man Ad Francis, 'The Battler' Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1963 Hud Hud Bannon Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
A New Kind of Love Steve Sherman
The Prize Andrew Craig
1964 What a Way to Go! Larry Flint
The Outrage Juan Carrasco
1965 Lady L Armand Denis
1966 Harper Lew Harper
Torn Curtain Prof. Michael Armstrong
1967 Hombre John Russell
Cool Hand Luke Luke Jackson Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1968 The Secret War of Harry Frigg Pvt. Harry Frigg
1969 Winning Frank Capua
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1970 WUSA Rheinhardt
1971 Sometimes a Great Notion Hank Stamper
1972 Pocket Money Jim Kane
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Judge Roy Bean
1973 The Mackintosh Man Joseph Rearden
The Sting Henry Gondorff
1974 The Towering Inferno Doug Roberts
1975 The Drowning Pool Lew Harper
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
1977 Slap Shot Reggie "Reg" Dunlop
1979 Quintet Essex
1980 When Time Ran Out... Hank Anderson
1981 Fort Apache the Bronx Murphy
Absence of Malice Michael Colin Gallagher Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
1982 Come Along with Me TV
The Verdict Frank Galvin Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1984 Harry & Son Harry Keach
1986 The Color of Money Fast Eddie Felson Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Gen. Leslie R. Groves
Blaze Gov. Earl K. Long
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Walter Bridge
1993 La Classe américaine Dave in redubbed archive footage only
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Sidney J. Mussburger
Nobody's Fool Donald J. "Sully" Sullivan Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1998 Twilight Harry Ross
1999 Message in a Bottle Dodge Blake
2000 Where the Money Is Henry Manning
2002 Road to Perdition John Rooney Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2003 Our Town Stage Manager Nominated - Emmy Award
2005 Empire Falls Max Roby Emmy Award; Golden Globe
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Dave Scott voice
2006 Cars Doc Hudson voice
2007 Dale Narrator voice

As director or producer

Year Title Other notes
1968 Rachel, Rachel Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Picture
New York Film Critics Circle Award (best director)<ref name=Bernstein>Template:Cite news</ref>
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Co-executive producer (uncredited)
Winning Co-executive producer (uncredited)
1970 WUSA Co-producer
1971 Sometimes a Great Notion Director and co-executive producer
They Might Be Giants producer
1972 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Director and producer
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Co-executive producer (uncredited)
1980 The Shadow Box Nominated - Emmy Award for Best Director for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
1984 Harry & Son Director and producer
1984 The Glass Menagerie
2005 Empire Falls Producer, Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries




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