Saturday, September 27, 2008
PAUL NEWMAN, REST IN PEACE
It's hard to believe Paul Newman is dead. For my generation, he was more than an actor--he was an icon. We followed him through The Hustler, Hud, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and Cool Hand Luke. It sounds corny, but he taught us a lot about style, and we goofy kids tried to copy his cool. This clip is the tail end of Cool Hand Luke, a rebel who fought till the end. So long, Paul.
Paul Newman, 1925-2008
As you may know, Paul Newman was a lifelong liberal who actively participated in his world. Along with his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, he was often tarred a Hollywood Liberal by ignorant conservative rubes--you know the type. Newman supported the peace candidate Eugene McCarthy in 1968, and was number nineteen on Richard Nixon's enemies list. This time around, he was a supporter and contributer to the Barack Obama campaign.
He was also a race car driver, and successful business owner who donated all his profits to good causes. Here is a brief history below.