The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films
Paul Newman was one of the world’s most acclaimed actors, earning Oscar nomination in five separate decades – the only others to have achieved such a feat are Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and Jack Nicholson – illustrious company indeed!
Born in Ohio, Newman showed an interest in the theatre from a young age, his first roles coming in school productions of Robin Hood and Saint George and the Dragon.
His career blossomed when he moved to New York in the early fifties, initially working in Broadway before making his mark in Hollywood a few years later. After the untimely death of James Dean, several parts originally written for the screen idol were recast, and Newman fitted the mould of a young, handsome and talented actor.
Newman married actress Joanne Woodward after they starred in Long Hot Summer together. The pair had an incredible bond on-screen and off and became known as Hollywood’s golden couple during their 50-year marriage.
As remarkable as his acting career was, in all-time great movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler and The Color of Money – which won him an Oscar – Newman will also be remembered for his philanthropic generosity.
In 1984 he founded the company Newman’s Own, a food manufacturer that donates all proceeds to charity. The company has so far donated over $530 million to charitable causes around the world.