Legendary actor Paul Newman died Friday at his home near Westport, Connecticut after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The 83-year-old has proven a fixture in American cinema over the last six decades with memorable turns in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Hustler (1962), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), The Towering Inferno (1974), Slap Shot (1977), The Verdict (1982), The Color of Money (1986), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and Road to Perdition (2002).
Other notable works included The Long Hot Summer (1958), The Left Handed Gun (1958), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), Torn Curtain (1966), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Drowning Pool (1975), Absence of Malice (1981), Nobody’s Fool (1994), Message in a Bottle (1999) and Where the Money Is (2000).
Newman also directed theatrical and television movies including The Glass Menagerie (1987), Harry & Son (1984) and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972).
Blessed with good looks, the well-mannered, frank and often cheeky actor was an audience favorite and scored nine Oscar acting nominations, ultimately winning once for his role in “The Color of Money” along with two honorary Oscars for his body of work and his humanitarian efforts.
The actor retired last year, his last acting gigs being 2005’s “Empire Falls” and voice work in 2006’s “Cars”.