Paul Newman

  • Birth Name: Paul Leonard Newman
  • Birth Place: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
  • Died: September 26, 2008
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Entrepreneur, Race-car driver
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Fast Facts

  • First performance was at age 7 in a school production of Robin Hood.
  • Served in the Navy during World War II as a radio operator. Wanted to be a pilot, but could not because he was color-blind.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Picnic.
  • Was so embarrassed by his big-screen debut in 1954's The Silver Chalice that he took out an ad in Variety to apologize for his participation in the film.
  • Founded the Scott Newman Center for Drug Abuse Prevention in 1980 in honor of his son, Scott, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978.
  • Received an honorary Oscar in 1985 and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993. Was nominated six times for the Best Actor Oscar before winning for The Color of Money.
  • Donated $120 million---the entire value of his food company, Newman's Own---to charity shortly before his death in 2008.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1962, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 2003, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 1985, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1995, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 1968, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1958, Cannes Film Festival — International Prize- Best Actor: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1971, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee

Relationships

  • Arthur S. Newman Jr. — Brother
  • Jacqueline Witte — Ex-wife
  • Joanne Woodward — Wife
  • Arthur S. Newman — Father
  • Claire (Clea) Olivia Newman — Daughter
  • Nell Newman — Daughter
  • Theresa Fetzko Newman — Mother
  • Scott Newman — Son
  • Susan Kendall Newman — Daughter
  • Melissa Newman — Daughter
  • Stephanie Newman — Daughter

College

  • Attended Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, United States; Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, United States (BA in Economics, 1949)

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