Friday, July 24, 2009

Paul Newman: those famous blue eyes

For some reason I have been in this Paul-Newman-movie-marathon mood lately. In all my life, I never saw a Paul Newman movie until this year, when I have seen four of them and the more I see the more amazed I feel about his histrionic faculties.

Descendant of Slovakian parents, Paul Newman started to develop interest in acting at a very early age with the support of his mother. As an adult, he enlisted in the Navy, and later he studied acting at Yale University. His first performances were in several Broadway shows but his first movie was “The Silver Chalice.” He thought his performance was terrible and published a public apology in the newspaper for it.

He had the leading role in more than 80 movies; he was the producer and director of a dozen more and made an appearance in nearly 50 documentaries. Yeah, that’s a lot! But, his life was not only focused on the cinema, he also loved car racing and has been remembered for his philanthropic work for children and the less fortunate.

Paul Newman had a very interesting long life indeed. In case you would like to read about him or by him, here are some titles for you:

Paul Newman: a life

Paul Newman: a life in pictures

Newman's own cookbook

Paul Newman

Paul Newman : a biography

Paul Newman

And, how about some of his movies:

Silver Chalice (do you think his acting was really that bad on this one?)

Cold Hand Luke

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Cat on a hot tin roof

Rachel, Rachel (with Paul Newman as a director)


Anonymous said...

You must see 'Nobody's Fool'... I thought that was an incredible performance of his.

Aleph said...

Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I will add it to my already long list of good movies of him to watch!

Dawood Mamedoff said...

Paul Newman was great at everything, that's what Elizabeth Taylor said on him: "He was purity of heart. Working with him was such a joy. Knowing him, being his friend, was as golden as the sunset and a privilege I'll never forget."

Here I've tried to collect all notable tributes paid to Paul Newman by his famous peers: