Paul Newman died of lung cancer yesterday at age 83, leaving behind one of the greatest acting legacies in history. For many, however, Newman will be more fondly remembered for a lifetime spent as a generous philanthropist. Newman’s line of natural food products has donated over $250 million to numerous charities since he first came up with the idea of selling his salad dressing while standing in Martha Stewart’s kitchen.
Dedicated to liberal and progressive causes, Newman’s name appeared on Richard Nixon’s famed enemies list, which Newman called “the highest single honor” he’d ever received. Newman was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning Best Actor for 1986’s The Color Of Money.
What’s your favorite Paul Newman film? Mine, in order: Cool Hand Luke, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Absence Of Malice. Here’s Paul Newman and James Dean’s screen test from the 50’s. The audio doesn’t start for a few seconds, but Dean says to Newman: “Kiss me.” Newman: “Can’t here.”