Paul Newman: A Legend

This was foreseen; Paul Newman finally passed away from his long bout with cancer. Paul Newman was always a mainstay in my household growing up. Only now being in my mid-20’s, my generation is probably lost on many of Paul Newman’s greatest works, which is a disgrace. Many bonding moments were shared between my father and brother while watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and even Slapshot. Fact is, we will never see this kind of performer again; his charisma, intimidating screen presence,  deadening stare with those baby blues, comedic timing, commandeering all his films, and simply pushing his co-stars further than they could ever go by themselves. Aside from his brilliance as an actor, he was also a philanthropist; with his brand of foodstuffs, Newman’s Own, he donated 100% of profit to charity. An incredible loss for Hollywood. It was rare for such a humble man to exist within the industry. I will end this homage with a couple comedic quotes from the man, the legend:

“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”

“I picture my epitaph: ‘Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.'”

Brilliance.

– Ant

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One response to “Paul Newman: A Legend

  1. He will be missed. A great actor and an
    even greater man. My favorite Paul
    Newman flicks: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”,
    “Torn Curtain”, “The Sting” and “The
    Towering Inferno” !

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