“I only got by on looks and energy.”

Actor Paul Newman has died aged 83. New York Times has the Associated Press obit. And here’s the BBC version. And here he is in Cool Hand Luke.

And The Observer’s Philip French recalls “an actor of true genius, and a man of great decency.”

Yet while remembering these and other scenes, we also think of Newman as a man of great decency and dedication, both on and off screen, a humanitarian and philanthropist, who took his responsibilities as an artist and citizen seriously, but never solemnly. He was always ready to prick any bubble of conceit and pomposity. In this context we think of that exchange between Redford and Newman discussing their formidable opponents at the New York train station in The Sting. ‘They’re not as smart of they think they are,’ says Redford. ‘Neither are we,’ Newman replies.

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  • Doctor Who

    RIP a true screen legend.

  • RepublicanStones

    Take it easy up there ole blue eyes !

    RIP.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “Take it easy up there ole blue eyes !”

    that’s Sinatra [edited moderator]!

  • RepublicanStones

    Actually UMH apart from using every thread to attack, watch a few movies instead, and read a little and you might find out that Newman was indeed famed for hi pale blue peepers. [edited moderator]

  • Driftwood

    “What we have here is Failure to communicate”
    1 of my all time greatest films.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    [Play the ball – edited moderator]

  • Pete Baker

    Guys

    Put the handbags down.

    And step away from the thread.

  • RepublicanStones

    Apologies Pete

  • susan

    A remarkablely genuine actor and a very, very good man. His company, Newman’s Own, raised over $250 million for charity, founding and funding several state of the arts camps for seriously ill children, including this one in County Kildare:

    http://www.barretstown.org/

  • Con

    There’s a clip of him speaking at the American Ireland Fund about Barretstown here:

    http://www.irlfunds.org/aif/new_york/events_31_pn.asp

  • Rory

    The one great irony of Newman’s career was winning a Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the mediocre The Color of Money which was a poor sequel to the absolutely marvellous The Hustler for which he most deserved the award but lost out to Maximillian Schell for his role as Hans Rolfe in the worthy but less than compelling treatment of a worthy subject, Judgement at Nuremberg.

    For all that my very favourite movie scene with Newman is the opening scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (following the title sequence 2:55 in)

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HDMFyQlWOdU

  • Greenflag

    Sad news . A great actor and one of nature’s true gentlemen . Will be remembered the world over as a good man who never let fame go to his head and helped the less fortunate.
    Thanks pete , susan , and rory for the links.

    The one who must be obeyed is ‘gutted ‘

  • Hugh Dubh Oneil

    an absolute gent.superb in the hustler.still a great actor into his eighties.basically saved the road to peridition from being a total snoozefest by playing a patriarch that rivalled brandos don corleone.

  • RepublicanStones

    Not to be the complete mercenary, but as I like to look for silver linings in every cloud, as big and gloomy as this one is, there will no doubt be a wealth of the great mans work adorning every channel now he’s gone. But perhaps as we settle down to enjoy each of them, it’ll only serve to remind us of not just how great he was, but how much he’ll be missed.

  • Will the Newman’s Own Two Thousand Island dressing still be available at Tesco?

  • TAFKABO

    As towering a movie star talent as he was, I think it was the sheer humanity of the man that endeared him to so many of us.
    I am a cynic by nature but sometimes the superlatives are accurate. A true example of the good we can be.

  • Wilde Rover

    RepubliicanStones & Ulsters my Homeland,

    “What we got here is a failure to communicate.”

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I read recently (quite possibly in Stuart Christie’s ‘Granny Made Me An Anarchist’) that Newman was a bit of an anarchist role model for his part in Cool Hand Luke.

    Hopefully Film 4 will do a Newman season now.

  • NP

    “Why have a Hamburger when you can get Steak at home”

    sad loss.
    are any of his dressings any good ?