“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.