Paul Newman died Friday. He was 83, and had lung cancer.
He was a great actor. His range was enormous. He did rogues, villains, heroes, crooks, cops, fathers, sons, cowboys and lawyers — every sort of man. He did comedies and dramas with equal ease, and readily admitted that he’d appeared in some turkeys, but if he ever gave a bad performance I haven’t seen it.
He was unstinting – in his work and his life – incapable of withholding anything.
After appearing in several dozen live TV dramas during the so-called “golden age” of TV,. Newnan began making movies in the mid-50s, and in the next 50 years, he made over 50 films.
His last appearance on film was in the 2006 HBO mini-series, “Empire Falls,” for which he won an Emmy. His last movie was “Road to Perdition” in 2002, though he subsequently did voice-overs for four films.
Newman gave three of his freshest, most stunning performances in “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, ” which he also directed, ”Nobody’s Fool,” and “Twilight,” all made in the 190s. If you haven’t seen them, you must, because they are masterworks..
He directed seven other films, produced ten, and he raced cars.
Newman’s Own line of foods raised over $230 million for various causes.
And, in addition to being a brilliant actor and director, a fearless producer and race car driver, and a most generous philanthropist, he was the handsomest man in the world..