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
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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