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RIP: Paul Newman

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Posted September 29, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Paul Newman was among the coolest men who ever lived on our planet, and this Friday, he went to the great beyond, a victim of cancer. Newman was an actor, director, race car driver, political activist and philanthropist. He could eat fifty eggs. He also designed many dressings and sauces.

Newman's acting career began back in the early 50s, and he starred in some of the most important films ever made, including classics like The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slapshot, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict, Hudsucker Proxy, The Hustler, The Color of Money and more, more more. Just look at this list of credits.

At the peak of his acting career, Newman became a full-on open-wheel racer and team owner, and kept at it for nearly 40 years. He also set up a foundation that used film to educate youngsters on the perils of drug use, worked for civil rights, and created the Hole in the Wall camp for chronically ill children. Those salad dressings and sauces were all for charity as well. Newman generated hundreds of millions of dollars for worthy causes.

He was a real man. The kind they don't make anymore. More than just an awesome actor passing on, the death of Paul Newman marks the end of an era. Check out this scene from Cool Hand Luke, and pour some off the top for a great man.

 

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RIP: Paul Newman
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