Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saying Goodbye To Paul Newman

Though we knew he has been sick for quite some, time, it was still sad to dial up the interwebs this morning to see that screen legend Paul Newman passed away last night. It's a bummer of a story. He was 81-years-old.

Newman starred in two of my favorite films; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. I've watched them countless times. I'll watch them many more times in the future.

Newman was admirable for a few reasons. He was one of the most natural and skilled actors in the history of the talkies. In an environment where relationships are often as phony as the backlot sets they work on, Newman had a 50 year love affair and marriage to Joanne Woodward. That is an admirable achievement. Perhaps most important, Newman used his wealth and celebrity to raise over $200 million dollars for charity. Newman's Own has been making salad dressing, salsa, popcorn and other products since 1982. Newman runs the Hole In the Wall Gang, a summer camp and community center for seriously ill children. He has also donated hundreds of thousands to war refugees and college scholarships.

Off the screen, away from the cameras, Paul Newman was a hero and a gentleman.

I will miss him.

A little tribute...

The card game from The Sting.

The fight, my favorite scene, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Paul strummin' the old banjo and singing "Plastic Jesus" from Cool Hand Luke.

R.I.P. Mr. Newman.

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