Paul Fast Facts

Paul Leonard Newman
(January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008)

ACTING

  • Paul starred in a total of 76 movies, including unforgettable classics like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Hustler (1961), Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

  • Paul was nominated for an Academy Award a total of 10 times – in 1959, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2003 and he finally won in 1987 for The Color of Money (1986).

  • Paul made his acting debut, playing the court jester in a school production of Robin Hood when he was seven years old.

PERSONAL LIFE

  • Paul was married to Joanne Woodward for over 50 years. In that time they appeared together in eleven movies: Empire Falls, The Drowning Pool, From the Terrace, Harry and Son, The Long Hot Summer, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, A New Kind of Love, Paris Blues, Rally 'Round the Flag Boys, Winning and WUSA.

  • Paul and Joanne are the only couple to both win Academy Awards for acting while they were married.

  • Paul was an avid racecar driver and won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing. In 1979 he finished second in the 24-Hour Le Mans race.

  • Paul holds an Economics degree from Kenyon College.

  • Bates College and Princeton University hold an annual “Newman Day” in which students attempt to drink 24 bottles of beer in 24 hours. The tradition is based on a quote widely attributed to Paul: “Twenty four beers in a case, 24 hours in a day. Coincidence? I think not.”


PHILANTHROPY

  • Paul founded Newman’s Own in 1982.

  • Paul co-founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in 1988. Named after the gang in his film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), it is a residential summer camp for seriously ill children. The original camp has multiplied to become several camps throughout the world. Please visit www.HoleInTheWallCamps.org for more information.

  • Paul was named the Most Generous Celebrity of 2008 by Givingback.org.