A screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history.
The Silver Chalice
The Helen Morgan Story
Until They Sail
The Long, Hot Summer
The Left Handed Gun
Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!
From the Terrace
Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man
A New Kind of Love
What a Way to Go!
The Secret War of Harry Frigg
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
The Mackintosh Man
The Drowning Pool
Buffalo Bill and the Indians
When Time Ran Out…
Fort Apache, The Bronx
Absence of Malice
Come Along with Me
Harry & Son
Fat Man and Little Boy
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
La Classe américaine
The Hudsucker Proxy
Message in a Bottle
Where the Money Is
Road to Perdition
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
Mater and the Ghost Light
Paul Newman was nominated for ten competitive Academy Awards and won one. Seven in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role:
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
- The Hustler (1961)
- Hud (1963)
- Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- Absence of Malice (1981)
- The Verdict (1982)
- The Color of Money (1986) – WON
- Nobody’s Fool (1994)
One for Best Picture Rachel, Rachel (1968) (as producer) and one Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Road to Perdition (2002).
In 1986, he received an honorary Academy Award “In recognition of his many and memorable and compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft. ” Paul Newman was not present at the awards ceremony. He gave his acceptance speech via satellite from Chicago.
In 1994, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films. ~ Paul Newman
Paul Newman was born Paul Leonard Newman on January 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the second son of Theresa Garth (née Fetzer, died 1982) and Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950), who ran a sporting goods store. Newman’s mother worked in his father’s store, while raising Paul and his elder brother, Arthur, who later became a producer and production manager.
Newman showed an early interest in the theater; his first role was at the age of seven, playing the court jester in a school production of Robin Hood. At age 10, Newman performed at the Cleveland Play House in a production of Saint George and the Dragon, and was a notable actor and alumnus of their Curtain Pullers children’s theatre program. Graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1943, he briefly attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
Newman served in the United States Navy in World War II in the Pacific theater. Initially, he enrolled in the Navy V-12 pilot training program at Yale University, but was dropped when his colorblindness was discovered.
Boot camp followed, with training as a radioman and rear gunner. Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Barbers Point, Hawaii. He was subsequently assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100, responsible primarily for training replacement combat pilots and air crewmen, with special emphasis on carrier landings.
After the war, Newman completed his Bachelor of Arts in drama and economics at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1949. Shortly after earning his degree, he joined several summer stock companies, most notably the Belfry Players in Wisconsin and the Woodstock Players in Illinois. He toured with them for three months and developed his talents as a part of Woodstock Players. He later attended the Yale School of Drama for one year, before moving to New York City to study under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
Newman arrived in New York City in 1951 with his first wife, Jackie Witte, taking up residence in the St. George section of Staten Island.
He made his Broadway theatre debut in the original production of William Inge’s Picnic with Kim Stanley in 1953 and appeared in the original Broadway production of The Desperate Hours in 1955. In 1959, he was in the original Broadway production of Sweet Bird of Youth with Geraldine Page and three years later starred with Page in the film version. During this time Newman started acting in television. His first credited role was in a 1952 episode of Tales of Tomorrow entitled “Ice from Space”. In the mid-1950s, he appeared twice on CBS’s Appointment with Adventure anthology series.
In February 1954, Newman appeared in a screen test with James Dean, directed by Gjon Mili, for East of Eden (1955). Newman was tested for the role of Aron Trask, Dean for the role of Aron’s fraternal twin brother Cal. Dean won his part, but Newman lost out to Richard Davalos. That same year, he co-starred with Eva Marie Saint and Frank Sinatra in a live—and color—television broadcast of Our Town, a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s stage play. Newman was a last-minute replacement for James Dean. The Dean connection had resonance two other times, as Newman was cast in two leading roles originally earmarked for Dean, as Billy the Kid in The Left Handed Gun and as Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me, both filmed after Dean’s death in an automobile collision.
Newman’s first film for Hollywood was The Silver Chalice (1954). The film was a box office failure and the actor would later acknowledge his disdain for it. In 1956, Newman garnered much attention and acclaim for the role of Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me. In 1958, he starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), opposite Elizabeth Taylor. The film was a box office smash and Newman garnered his first Academy Award nomination. Also in 1958, Newman starred in The Long, Hot Summer with Joanne Woodward, with whom he reconnected on the