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  • 1997 Ranked #19 in Empire (UK) magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time
  • 1995 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear: Best Actor, Nobody's Fool
  • 1995 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, Nobody's Fool; Lost to Tom Hanks Forrest Gump. (Other nominees: John Travolta Pulp Fiction, Morgan Freeman The Shawshank Redemption, Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George)
  • 1994 New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Actor, Nobody's Fool
  • 1994 National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Actor, Nobody's Fool
  • 1994 Receives Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; statuette presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • 1992 Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1987 Paul finally wins only Oscar, for role of Fast Eddie Felson in The Color of Money. (Other nominees: William Hurt Children of a Lesser God, Dexter Gordon 'Round Midnight, Bob Hoskins Mona Lisa, James Woods Salvador)
  • 1986 Paul awarded honorary Oscar, accepted via satellite while on set for The Color of Money. Presented "in recognition for his many memorable and compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft"
  • 1986 National Board of Review Award: Best Actor, The Color of Money
  • 1985 Joanne and Paul given SAG Annual Achievement award for Outstanding Achievement in Fostering the Finest Ideals of the Acting Profession.
  • 1984: Cecil B DeMille Award; presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes)
  • 1982 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, Absence of Malice; Lost to Ben Kingsley in Gandhi. (Other nominees: Jack Lemmon Missing, Peter O'Toole My Favorite Year, and Dustin Hoffman Tootsie)
  • 1982 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, The Verdict; Lost to Henry Fonda On Golden Pond. (Other nominees: Dudley Moore Arthur, Burt Lancaster Atlantic City, Warren Beatty Reds)
  • 1981 Nominated for Emmy Director for Shadow Box
  • 1969 Nominated for Oscar, Best Picture, Rachel, Rachel; Lost to Oliver!. (Other nominees: Funny Girl, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet)
  • 1968 Producers Guild of America Award: Best Motion Picture Producer, Rachel, Rachel
  • 1968 New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Director, Rachel, Rachel
  • 1968 Golden Globe: Best Director, Rachel, Rachel
  • 1968 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, Cool Hand Luke; Lost to Rod Steiger In The Heat of the Night. (Other nominees: Warren Beatty Bonnie and Clyde, Dustin Hoffman The Graduate, Spencer Tracy Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?)
  • 1967 Golden Globe: World Film Favorite-Male
  • 1967 NATO Star of the Year Award; presented by the National Association of Theater Owners
  • 1965 Golden Globe: World Film Favorite-Male
  • 1964 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, Hud; Lost to Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field. (Other nominees: Rex Harrison Cleopatra, Albert Finney Tom Jones, Richard Harris This Sporting Life)
  • 1962 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, The Hustler; Lost to Maximilian Schell Judgement at Nuremburg. (Other nominees: Spencer Tracy Judgement at Nuremburg, Charles Boyer Fanny, Stuart Whitman The Mark)
  • 1961 British Film Academy Award: Best Foreign Actor, The Hustler
  • 1959 Nominated for Oscar, Best Actor, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Lost to David Niven Separate Tables. (Other nominees: Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier The Defiant Ones, Spencer Tracy The Old Man and the Sea)
  • 1958 Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor, The Long, Hot Summer
  • 1956 Golden Globe: Most Promising Newcomer-Male; shared with Anthony Perkins and John Kerr
  • 1953 Theatre World Award


  • In the 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority B. David Freeman mentions a scheduled race from Gatlinsburg to Nashville with Paul Newman vs. Robert Redford. Sadly the race never happened.

  • In May 2000, a truck en route from So. California to Portland, Oregon was stolen - it was carrying salad dressings of different varieties. The truck was later recovered and all but one brand was there... apparently the thieves had a penchant for the Newman's Own brand including the 664 cases of Olive Oil & Vinegar, 238 cases of Balsamic Vinagrette, and 344 cases of Family Recipe Italian. Paul commented: "To be chosen and bought is one thing, to be stolen before all the others is a choice honor indeed. It's a great vote of confidence in our products, the other national brands of salad dressing must feel unwanted." Later, 4 cases of empty bottles were returned to a nearby recycling center.

  • The November 1986 cover of Life Magazine featured Tom Cruise and Paul Newman for The Color of Money. Someone suggested that it was unfair to have the budding young starlet Cruise upside down so they decided to make 2 covers- in which Cruise is right side up for the west coast distribution and Newman for the east coast.

  • PLN helped start First Artists production company, a "sort-of indie-film commune" of the 1970s with Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. The idea was to forgo up-front money to make dream projects. Some of the titles released included: Streisand's A Star is Born (1976), Hoffman's Straight Time, and Newman's Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Pocket Money.

  • A screen test with Newman and James Dean for East of Eden can be seen on Youtube.

  • Joanne Woodward was the first person to get a star on the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • His childhood home was located at 2983 Brighton Road, Shaker Heights, OH

  • Newman enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He originally wanted to be a pilot, but his dreams were sidelined when it was revealed he was color blind. He instead spent the war as a radio man on a torpedo bomber in the Pacific and it was here that he first experienced what he called "Newman's Luck": on a day when his squadron suffered many casualties, his team was grounded because the pilot had an ear infection.

  • Education: Attended Kenyon (Ohio) College; Yale Drama School.

  • Kenyon Yearbook says: Paul L. Newman, Perennial T-Barracks master of ceremonies, itinerant laundryman, antagonist of roommates and proctors alike, author of musical review, leading actor in dramatic productions, host to innumerable parties and never one to miss the opportunity for a fast buck are just a few of Paul's endearing charms. Prone to getting out of hand on long and trying evenings.

  • Newman's first Broadway job was as an understudy in "Picnic," in 1953, where he and Woodward met.

  • Newman and Woodward married on January 29th, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho, 3 days after Newman's 33rd birthday. Most reports say they honeymooned in Paris, but the video "Life: Great Romances" claims they honeymooned at the Connaught Hotel in London.

  • Newman's Kids: three daughters with Woodward - Elinor (Nell) who runs Newman's Own Organics in California, Melissa and Claire (Clea); three children with Witte - Susan, Stephanie and Scott, who died in 1978.

  • Ever think Ryan O'Neal looks vaguely Newman-esque in Paper Moon? You might be interested to know that the role was originally inhabited by Paul and his daughter Nell Potts was to play Addie but he left the project when friend and director John Huston dropped out and was replaced by Peter Bogdanavitch.

  • A link to learn more about Paul and Joanne's moons find out how compatible they really are.

  • 1986, Paul bets a NY Post reporter who misinforms the public of his height. Later, Paul will go on WNBC Live at 5 with Liz Smith to dispute the reporter.

  • In 1990 when Joanne earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, PLN was the commencement speaker.

  • Oops! In 1995, when Newman was presenting the Oscar for Best Cinematography, he forgot to read the list of nominees. Winner James Toll (Legends of the Fall) announced the names of the other nominees during his speech to a big round of applause.

  • Paul Newman is a relatively new band (1997) from Austin, Texas. But it's got nothing to do with the "Real Blue Eyes": They named the band after the bass player, Paul Newman.

  • The name "Fig Newmans" (Newman's Own's brand of cookies) is a registered trademark of the Nabisco Company, maker of Fig Newtons.

  • While most people think Newman and Redford have been the ultimate buddy movie team, in reality they have only made two movies together (granted they are two of the best movies...ever). For Newman's true partner in movie crime look to Strother Martin who was featured in 6 Newman flicks ( The Silver Chalice (1954), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Harper (1966), Pocket Money (1972), and Slap Shot (1977)

  • John Huston tried repeatedly to make the screen adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King. One of his attempts was asking Paul Newman and Robert Redford for the the leads. Newman was the one who suggested Michael Caine and Sean Connery for the roles and that's how it became the remarkable film that it is. (could you imagine PLN and RR as the ex-British soldiers who leave India in hopes of getting themselves named royalty of a slavic territory? This one was best left the way it is!)

  • Paul directed a play at his alma mater Kenyon College one of the actresses won her audition by telling Newman she made the 3 1/2 hour drive from Dayton in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Her name? Allison Janney.

  • Actor Jake Gyllenhaal got his first driving lesson from actor and family friend Paul Newman.

  • For Paul's 50th birthday, Robert Redford gave him a that had hit a telephone pole at 90 mph. It was delivered and placed in Newman's driveway with a big red bow on it. Newman countered and had the car compacted and moved over to Redford's vestibule.

    6 Degrees

    Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is SO ridiculously easy using Paul. He's just 2 steps away, using Cruise
    (The Color of Money) or Kyra Sedgwick (Mr. and Mrs. Bridge).

    They said what about Paul??

    "Paul would pop the eggs in and chew and chew and, Cut! Spit them out, needless to say. We did all kinds of high jinks to bring a visual interest. Lots of quick cuts. We had the camera sort of rocking back and forth like a swing when Luke is doing knee bends. Otherwise it'd just be a bunch of people walking and talking." - Conrad L. Hall, Cinematographer Cool Hand Luke (Entertainment Weekly, 10/8/99)

    "as well as Paul Newman, who was seriously weird, (he once said hello to the back of my head and took umbrage when I didn't respond. When I asked George Roy Hill for some advice on the subject he said the thing to remember about Newman was that he had holes in his head.)" Julia Phillips, Producer The Sting from "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again" p. 244

    "Someone once asked me what it was like to be married to the sexiest, most beautiful man in the world. I thought a minute and replied, 'Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat!'" Joanne Woodward

    "Being at a junket is like being double parked at a whorehouse." Paul Newman, referenced in documentary "Junket Whore"

    Doris Day has an auction for AO for A, Paul Newman's PJ's from The Sting were auctioned off. "When I told Paul that his pajamas had been bid on for $60, he said, 'That's nice, but I didn't wear pajamas in The Sting, I slept in my underwear."

    "The embarassing thing is the salad dressing is out grossing my films." -PLN

    "Getting the truth in the New York Post has been as difficult as finding a good hamburger in Albania." a pre-vegetarian Newman on the media...

    Newman on his craft: "Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience."

    "Acting isn't really a creative profession. It's an interpretative one."

    "Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser."

    Why he settled in Connecticut: "Better than Montana ... and my wife and I found a nice cemetery here."

    Asked about a rumored run for U.S. Senate in 1987: "I'm happy to issue a denial for something I never intended to do."

    Newman's own suggested epitaph: "Here lies Paul Newman, who died a flop because his eyes turned brown."

    "On anyone else those box-shaped poplin suits look like crap. You put them on [Newman] and they look like Armani." Director-writer Ron Shelton on why it was nearly impossible to make Newman look scruffy for his role as Earl K. Long in the 1989 movie Blaze.

    On his Oscar losses: "It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, `I'm terribly sorry. I'm tired."'

    Citizen Newman

    Paul has been very active in politics and political causes throughout his life. Here's a sample:
    * In the 1970's Jimmy Carter appointed him a delegate to a United Nations conference on disarmament.
    * Paul was listed number 19 on President Richard M. Nixon's "enemies list", joining such other radical thinkers as Joe Namath, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Michigan Representative John Coyers. Click
    here to read more of the names on the list...
    * Paul played Huey Long in Blaze and a political radical in WUSA
    * PLN (along with other notables: Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, and Dr. Benjamin Spock helped put up Abbie Hoffman's bail ($10,000) when he was arrested for cocaine possesion in 1973.

    Top Ten Scenes

    Here's my very scientifically calculated Top Ten list of PN at his best. I have spoken. Now read!

    1. The Sting - The poker game.
    2. Cool Hand Luke - egg eating contest
    3. Fort Apache the Bronx - reaction to Isabella's death
    4. Somebody Up There Likes Me - Robert Jaeckel's death
    5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Butch and Sundance jump off the cliffs
    6. Cat on A Hot Tin Roof - Brick fights back
    7. Harper - opening scene, Harper wakes up
    8. BC&SK - Butch rides the bike
    9. Color of Money - last scene, Eddie returns to the game
    10. Nobody's Fool - poker game (see a pattern here?)

    "Top Ten Least Popular Paul Newman Products"

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    10. Chunky-style mayonnaise.
    9. Combination salad dressing and racing oil.
    8. Throbbing pop tarts.
    7. Corn chip tarts.
    6. Aerosol pork.
    5. Peanut butter with fleas.
    4. Squirrel jerky.
    3. Chapstick with super glue.
    2. Newman's own super-tight underpants.
    1. Fig Newmans
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