January Star of The Month: Paul Newman

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You would probably have a hard time finding someone who would say something bad about out January Star of the Month. He was an actor, director, race car driver activist and philanthropist. The list goes on. Paul Newman was an great actor and an even better man.Paul 1

Married for fifty years to Joanna Woodward before his death in 2008. He co-created Newman’s own a food company where all profits go to charity. He is the founder of SeriousFun Children’s Network a world wide affiliation of 30 camps modeled after The Hole in the wall camp in Connecticut. They serve children suffering from serious illness. Paul was more than a talented actor he was a remarkable man that cared for the world and the people in it.

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Paul Newman’s life began in Shaker Heights, Ohio a suburb of Cleveland. His father ran a sporting good store that is mother worked in while raising his older brother Arthur and him. Paul showed an interest in theater at an early age. At seven he appeared in a production of Robin Hood as the Court Jester. He graduated High School in 1943 after graduation he spent a short time a Ohio University where he was initiated into Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

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Originally enrolling in Yale Universities Navy V-12 pilot training program, he was dropped when they discovered he was color blind. He went on to the Pacific Theater serving with The United States Navy. In 1945 he was one of a pair of sole survivors after he was grounded with an ear infection. The rest of his unit was wiped out during the campaign.

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After the war he finished his Bachelors Degree at Kenyan University. After graduating he joined several summer stock companies. He attended one year at Yale Drama before leaving for New York to study under Lee Strasberg at the actors studio.
He arrived in New York in 1951. He made his Broadway Debut in Picnic with Kim Stanley in 1953 and appeared in the original Broadway production of The Desperate Hours in 1955.

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In 1954 Paul Newman would appear in a screen test for East of Eden with James Dean. The screen test is not famous on Tumblr. By the time 1958 rolled around he was one of the hottest new stars in Hollywood. In 1957 he appeared with his future wife in The Long, Hot Summer. They met on the stage in 1953. He wood best actor a Cannes in 1958.

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The majority of Newman’s major films where in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He would appear with Robert Redford twice in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. Newman won an Academy Award for his reprisal of “Fast” Eddie Felson in The Color of Money. Newman’s final role for a major film was in Cars voicing the role of Doc Hudson.

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In his long life Newman created an incredible body of work as an actor and as a director. He lit of the stage and charmed us in films but his greatest accomplishments will always be those off the set. His work for sick children and philanthropic causes will live on and he will be remembered as a great man.

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