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Definition: Newman from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate(R) Dictionary

Paul (Leonard) Newman 1925–2008 Am. actor

Summary Article: Newman, Paul
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Jan. 26, 1925, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.—died Sept. 26, 2008, Westport, Conn.) U.S. film actor. He studied drama at Yale University and the Actors Studio and first appeared on Broadway in Picnic (1953). In 1954 he made his screen debut in the disastrous biblical epic The Silver Chalice. He won favourable notice in Somebody up There Likes Me (1956) and The Long Hot Summer (1958). In many of his best-remembered roles, he captured the darker, less heroic aspects of a character’s nature, as in such successful films as The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Color of Money (1986; Academy Award), and Nobody’s Fool (1994). He directed and produced films such as Rachel, Rachel (1968) and The Glass Menagerie (1987), both of which starred his wife, Joanne Woodward. In 1982 he launched the successful “Newman’s Own” line of food products, with its profits going to a number of charitable causes.

Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Death Place: Westport, Connecticut, United States

Name: Newman, Paul or Paul Newman

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American actor and philanthropist

Keywords: Woodward, Joanne, “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, directing, American, “Long, Hot Summer, The”, “Torn Curtain”, acting, Ohio, “Hudsucker Proxy, The”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Fort Apache, the Bronx”, “Harper”, “Color of Money, The”, Paul Newman, husband, “Quintet”, “Verdict, The”, “Slap Shot”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, “Hustler, The”, “Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The”, “Road to Perdition”, “Buffalo Bill and the Indians; or, Sitting Bull’s History Lesson”, Westport, Cleveland, “Nobody’s Fool”, “Left-Handed Gun, The”, “Sting, The”, “Pocket Money”, Newman, Paul, Best Actor in a Leading Role, “Hombre”, “Cool Hand Luke”, Academy Award, motion picture, “Towering Inferno, The”, Kennedy Center Honors, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, “Drowning Pool, The”, Honorary Oscar, “Cars”, Hollywood, “Hud”, “Exodus”, Connecticut, “Absence of Malice”

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