Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an Academy Award winning American actor who was also an accomplished entrepreneur, professional racing driver, activist and philanthropist. Famous for his dashing looks and striking blue eyes, he is regarded as one of the most handsome men ever to have graced Hollywood.
A highly talented actor who won multiple awards for his performances, he was also a successful racing driver with several national championships to his name. The son of a sports store owner, he acquired his penchant for acting from his theater-loving mother. He participated in his school plays though he was more interested in athletics at that time.
As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps and served as a radio operator during the World War II. After the war he studied drama and ventured into the Broadway. He got noticed for his good looks and well-built physique which landed him film roles in Hollywood. It did not take him long to establish himself as a successful actor with films like The Hustler and The Color of Money to his credit.
In addition to being an actor, he was also an entrepreneur who co-founded Newman’s Own, a food company, which donates all profits to charity. The legendary actor was also well-known for his involvement in philanthropic endeavors.
In June 2008, it was widely reported in the press that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatment for the condition at the Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York City. A. E. Hotchner, who partnered in the 1980s with Newman to start Newman’s Own, told the Associated Press in an interview in mid-2008 that Newman had told him about being afflicted with the disease about 18 months prior. Newman’s spokesman told the press that the star was “doing nicely”, but neither confirmed nor denied that he had cancer.
Newman died on the morning of September 26, 2008, in the presence of his family. He was 83 years old. His body was cremated after a private funeral service near his home in Westport.