Paul Newman

Actor, Director, Producer
An iconic figure in Hollywood history, Paul Newman was an Academy Award-winning actor, acclaimed director, and noted philanthropist who helped define the male lead in motion pictures from the mid-1950s through the 21st ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (117)

The Life Between 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Meerkats 2008 (Movie)

Teller (voice) (Actor)

The Price of Sugar 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Doc Hudson (Actor)

Roving Mars 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

John Rooney (Actor)

Robert Redford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

Reader (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

Henry Manning (Actor)

Message in A Bottle 1999 (Movie)

Dodge Blake (Actor)

Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Dynasty 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight 1998 (Movie)

Harry Ross (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Speedway 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

Donald "Sully" Sullivan (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Sidney J Mussburger (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (11/22/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Havel? 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ancient Forests: Rage Over Trees 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Havel's Audience With History 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

Walter Bridge (Actor)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

Earl Long (Actor)

Fat Man and Little Boy 1989 (Movie)

General Leslie R Groves (Actor)

The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

John Huston: The Man, The Movies, The Maverick 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

"Fast" Eddie Felson (Actor)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Harry Keach (Actor)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

Frank Galvin (Actor)

Absence of Malice 1981 (Movie)

Gallagher (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

John Murphy (Actor)

Quintet 1979 (Movie)

Essex (Actor)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

Hank Anderson (Actor)

American Ballet Theatre 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Narrator

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Reggie Dunlop (Actor)

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

Harper (Actor)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Henry Gondorff (Actor)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

Doug Roberts (Actor)

Pocket Money 1972 (Movie)

Jim Kane (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Judge Roy Bean (Actor)

The Mackintosh Man 1972 (Movie)

Rearden (Actor)

Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 (Movie)

Hank Stamper (Actor)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Rheinhardt (Actor)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 (Movie)

Butch Cassidy (Actor)

Winning 1969 (Movie)

Frank Capua (Actor)

The Secret War of Harry Frigg 1968 (Movie)

Harry Frigg (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Harper 1966 (Movie)

Lew Harper (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

John Russell (Actor)

Lady L 1966 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

Torn Curtain 1966 (Movie)

Professor Michael Armstrong (Actor)

The Outrage 1963 (Movie)

Juan Carrasco (Actor)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

Andrew Craig (Actor)

What a Way to Go! 1963 (Movie)

Larry Flint (Actor)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

Steve Sherman (Actor)

Adventures of a Young Man 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hud 1962 (Movie)

Hud Bannon (Actor)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

Chance Wayne (Actor)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

Ram Bowen (Actor)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

Eddie Felson (Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Ari Ben Canaan (Actor)

From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

Alfred Eaton (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 (Movie)

Brick Pollitt (Actor)

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 (Movie)

Harry Bannerman (Actor)

The Left-Handed Gun 1958 (Movie)

William Bonney (Actor)

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

Ben Quick (Actor)

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

Anthony Judson "Tony" Lawrence (Actor)

I Remember Mama 1948 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Helen Morgan Story 1957 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

Captain Jack Harding (Actor)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Captain Edward Hall Jr (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Basil (Actor)

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town (TV Show)

Actor

Remember Pearl Harbor (Movie)

(Voice)

The Universal Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shadow Box (TV Show)

Director
Producer (5)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

An iconic figure in Hollywood history, Paul Newman was an Academy Award-winning actor, acclaimed director, and noted philanthropist who helped define the male lead in motion pictures from the mid-1950s through the 21st century. His charm, intelligence and strength informed a wide variety of roles, from underdog boxer Rocky Graziano in "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1955) and the damaged Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), to roguish antiheros like "Harper" (1966), "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) and Butch Cassidy in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) - the latter of which showcased his famed partnership with Robert Redford. The two reprised their onscreen chemistry to great effect with the caper classic "The Sting" (1973). Of course, Newman was also admired for his 50-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, a rarity among Hollywood couples for its duration and lack of drama. He earned Oscar nominations for his roles in "Absence of Malice" (1981) and "The Verdict" (1982), finally winning for his turn as pool hall hustler Fast Eddie Felson in "The Color of Money" (1986). Newman's career slowed to a crawl following "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994) and "Nobody's Fool" (1994) in favor of his philanthropic efforts through his Newman's Own brand of foods, which brought $300 million to educational charities. After earning praise for "Road to Perdition" (2002) and an Emmy for "Empire Falls" (HBO, 2005), Newman privately battled cancer until succumbing in 2008, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest screen icons of all time.

Relationships

Arthur S Newman Jr

Brother
Production manager on "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) and "Winning" (1969) associate producer of "Rachel, Rachel" (1968)

Elinor Teresa Newman Actor

Daughter
Born April 8, 1959 mother, Joanne Woodward founded and runs Newman's Own Organics in 1993

Arthur Newman

Father
Jewish of German descent ran a profitable sports goods store died May 11, 1950 at age of 56

Theresa Newman

Mother
Catholic of Hungarian descent converted to Christian Science worked in her husbands shop

Claire Newman

Daughter
Born in 1965 mother, Joanne Woodward

Melissa Newman

Daughter
Born in 1961 mother, Joanne Woodward

Stephanie Newman

Daughter
Born in 1954 mother, Jacqueline Witte

Susan Newman

Daughter
Born in 1953 mother, Jacqueline Witte produced her father's telefilm "The Shadow Box" (1980)

Scott Newman

Son
Born in 1950 mother, Jacqueline Witte appeared in such films as "The Towering Inferno" (1974) and "Fraternity Row" (1977) died Nobermber 11, 1978 from an accidental drug overdose at age 28 Newman started the Scott Newman Center for drug abuse prevention in memory of his son

Jacqueline Witte

Wife

Joanne Woodward Actor

Wife
Met during Broadway run of "Picnic" (1953), in which he starred and she was an understudy Married Jan. 28, 1958 until his death Sept. 26, 2008 Starred in many films together, such as "The Long, Hot Summer" (1958), "Winning" (1969), and "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990); he directed her in "Rachel, Rachel" (1968)

EDUCATION

Kenyon College

Gambier , Ohio 1949
Attended after serving in the Navy in WWII

Actors' Studio

New York , New York 1953
Studied acting under Lee Strasberg

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio
Member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity; allegedly asked to leave for crashing a beer keg into the president's car

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1951
Attended Yale's School of Drama

Shaker Heights High School

Shaker Heights , Ohio 1943

Milestones

2006

Voiced Doc Hudson in the Pixar animated feature "Cars"

2005

Starred (also executived produced) in the HBO mini-series "Empire Falls" (lensed 2002); adapted and directed by Robert Benton

2003

Cast as the Stage Manager in the Showtime adaptation of "Our Town"; earned Emmy and SAG nominations

2002

Co-starred with Tom Hanks in Sam Mendes' "The Road to Perdition"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations

2000

Returned to the stage after more than four decades to co-star with Woodard in "Ancestral Voices"

1999

Made rare stage appearance in "Love Letters" alongside Joanne Woodward

1999

Portrayed Kevin Costner's father in "Message in a Bottle"

1998

Reteamed with Benton (director and co-screenwriter) for "Twilight"

1994

Played the lead in "Nobody's Fool" adapted and directed by Robert Benton; earned seventh Oscar nomination

1994

Starred as the villain of the Coen Brothers' extravagent "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1990

Acted opposite Woodward in the Merchant-Ivory production "Mr & Mrs Bridge"

1987

Directed an adaptation of Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" featuring Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich, Karen Allen, and James Naughton

1987

Signed a three-year non-exclusive agreement with Walt Disney Pictures (January)

1986

Returned to the screen as 'Fast' Eddie Felson in Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money"; won first Oscar for Best Actor

1984

Debut as co-screenwriter on "Harry and Son"

1982

Portrayed a Boston lawyer who's hit bottom in Sidney Lumet's "The Verdict"; earned sixth Oscar nomination for acting

1981

Received first Oscar nomination in 14 years (since 1967) for "Absence of Malice"

1979

Again collaborated with Robert Altman on "Quintet"

1979

TV directing debut, "The Shadow Box" (starring Woodward); received an Emmy nomination for directing

1977

Third and final film with George Roy Hill, the hockey comedy-drama "Slap Shot"

1976

Played Buffalo Bill in Robert Altman's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians"

1975

Reprised role as private eye Lew Harper in "The Drowning Pool"

1973

Reunited with Redford and director Hill for the Oscar-winning caper movie "The Sting"

1970

Directed (also co-executive produced and starred in) the screen version of Ken Kesey's novel "Sometimes a Great Notion"

1968

Co-founded First Artists Production Company Ltd with Sidney Poitier, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand and others

1968

First film opposite Robert Redford, George Roy Hill's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"

1968

Feature directing and producing debut, "Rachel, Rachel"; earned an Oscar nomination for directing

1967

Starred in Stuart Rosenberg's "Cool Hand Luke" as hardboiled egg-eating convict; earned fifth Oscar nomination

1967

Sixth and final collaboration with director Ritt, "Hombre"

1966

Only collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, "Torn Curtain"

1966

Had title role of "Harper" a private eye

1964

Last stage appearance for nearly four decades, the Off-Broadway play "Baby Wants a Kiss"

1963

Earned fourth Oscar nod for portraying the title role in Martin Ritt's "Hud"

1962

Reprised role in the film adaptation of "Sweet Bird of Youth"; second collaboration with director Brooks; earned third Oscar nomination

1961

Portrayed 'Fast' Eddie Felson opposite Jackie Gleason's 'Minnesota Fats' in Robert Rossen's "The Hustler"; earned second Best Actor Oscar nomination

1959

Returned to the stage playing Chance Wayne in Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth"

1958

Delivered sensational perfomance as Brick in Richard Brooks' adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Actor

1958

First film opposite Joanne Woodward, "The Long Hot Summer"; first collaboration with director Martin Ritt

1956

Breakout role as boxer Rocky Graziano in Robert Wise's "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

1955

Returned to Broadway in the thriller "The Desperate Hours"

1954

Film acting debut, "The Silver Chalice"

1953

Broadway theater debut in William Inge's "Picnic"; met future wife Joanne Woodward who was an understudy

1952

TV-acting debut, "Kraft Television Theatre"

1950

Managed the family sporting goods business after his father's death

1942

Dropped from flight training (because he was color blind) and spent WWII as a US Naval Reserve radio operator

Bonus Trivia

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"I had no natural gift to be anything, not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches, not anything. So I've worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me." - Newman to the Daily News, June 10, 1991

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Awarded the Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical's Man of the Year Award in 1968.

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He received an honorary LH.D. from Yale University in 1988.

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Received the William J German human relations award presented by the American Jewish Committee.

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Newman and Woodward have waged an anti-drug campaign under the auspices of the Scott Newman Foundation, named for Newman's late son who died of a drug overdose.

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In 1985, he won the Sports Car Club of American National Championship, GT1 Class and Road Atlanta.

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Newman invested in the magazine The Nation in the mid-1990s. In 1997, he wrote an editorial for the magazine which parodied Senator Jesse Helms.

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"It's devilish. It's like, you know, grabbing a thunderbolt, especially when everything is shot out of continuity, when everything depends on a scene that isn't even written yet. That's what I mean by devilish, in that way. You have to make judgments about where you're going to be. But I'm really loose in ways I haven't been in a long time." - Newman on his role in "Nobody's Fool" to The Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1994

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Newman's Own has a website at www.newmansown.com

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"Acting is like letting your pants down, you're exposed." - Newman quoted in GQ magazine, September 2002

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"I'm not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to. You start to lose your memory, your confidence, your invention. So that's pretty much a closed book for me - I've been doing it for 50 years. That's enough." - Newman to ABC's "Good Morning America" on May 24, 2007

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