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PAUL NEWMAN (Harry Ross) is one of the film industry's most beloved stars

PAUL NEWMAN (Harry Ross) is one of the film industry's most beloved stars. An eight-time Academy Award™ nominee, Newman received a special honorary Oscar® in 1985 and a Best Actor Oscar® the following year for his performance in "The Color of Money." The films for which he received Oscar® nominations, as an actor, include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler," "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke," "Absence of Malice," "The Verdict" and "Nobody's Fool." He also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture for "Rachel, Rachel" which he produced.

The Hollywood veteran whose career spans forty years has also distinguished himself, as a director, with such films as "Rachel, Rachel" (for which he received a New York Film Critics Circle Award), "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," "Harry and Son," "Sometimes a Great Notion," "The Glass Menagerie" and the television adaptation of Michael Cristofer's "The Shadow Box."

Newman's recent screen credits include "Nobody's Fool," the Coen Brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy," James Ivory's "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (with Joanne Woodward), "Fat Man and Little Boy" and "Blaze." Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1925, Newman began his acting career with a local children's drama group. On his eighteenth birthday he enlisted in the Navy and spent three years as a radioman on torpedo bombers in the Pacific. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1949 and later enrolled in the Yale Drama School.

He subsequently moved to New York and worked in live television during that medium's "golden age." One of his directors at the time was Sidney Lumet, who directed him in "The Verdict" three decades later. Newman's first major break on Broadway was the role of Alan Seymour in William Inge's "Picnic," during which he met Joanne Woodward, who was an understudy at the time. At this time he was also accepted into the Actors Studio after a single audition and began to study with classmates Eli Wallach, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris and Geraldine Page.

While still appearing in "Picnic," he signed a long-term contract with Warner Bros. and made his screen debut in "The Silver Chalice." He took advantage of an option in his contract to return to Broadway in the thriller "Desperate Hours," and did not accept another film for two years until director Robert Wise offered him the part of boxing champ Rocky Graziano in "Somebody Up There Likes Me."

Newman and Joanne Woodward married in 1958, and went on to co-star in ten films together. In 1992, both received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to those who have made a significant contribution to American culture through the performing arts.

Newman's other screen credits include "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting" and "Slap Shot" (all three directed by George Roy Hill), "The Rack," "The Left-Handed Gun," "Exodus," "From the Terrace," "Paris Blues," "The Prize," "Lady L," "Torn Curtain," "Harper," "Hombre," "Winning," "Pocket Money," "WUSA," "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," "The Towering Inferno," "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," "The Drowning Pool" and "Fort Apach

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