We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am still stunned by the news of his passing, though I, like all of you who have posted your comments, were aware that it was only a matter of time. I suppose it is because, as an actor, and as a person he was bigger than life. He was immortal--a man who shined as bright as the star he was and the characters he portrays, and the kind of person we would all like to know. I spent my entire life in the film business, and my greatest saddness is not having had the opportunity to work with him. But, at least he left a body of work behind that I, and generations to come will continue to enjoy, nevertheless. Here's to you Paul Newman. You were a credit to our community.
Yes indeed, klk, Newman was a thoroughbred and I'll miss him. He was a very good actor always, in an unobtrusively artistic way. Was remembering a movie that wasn't his most famous [Blaze] but one in which he got inside the guts of the character, Huey Long, and made him human and real and not admirable.
I always liked the way he came across as such a regular guy in interviews. I saw one years ago where he was laughing at some of the mistakes he'd made in some recent film and you really got the feeling he hadn't let his stardom go to his head. And what kind of movie star does something as plebeian as manufacture salad dressing?
From the mini-bio on the IMDb:
A caring and supremely generous man, he is the founder of "Newman's Own" a successful line of food products that has earned in excess of $100 million, every penny of which the philanthropic movie icon has donated to charity. Renowned for his sense of humor, in 1998 he quipped that he was a little embarrassed to see his salad dressing grossing more than his movies.
Having read a few weeks ago that he'd decided to go off his cancer meds, I had a little mini-tribute and watched "The Sting", "Butch Cassidy" and "The Hustler" again. Great movies, all.
I am definitely not a movie guy, so his significance in that industry is beyond my appreciation, except through his having a well-respected reputation.
I know Paul Newman better as PL Newman, just another wealthy sportsman who truly loved motor racing, and whose impressive contributions to the sport he loved will be long remembered and sorely missed. As a racer, fan, team owner, encourager of other drivers, and all-around good guy in the sport, Mr Newman earned the respect and affection of many.
Recently Lime Rock raceway closed for a day so that Newman could one last time drive a few of his favorite race machines on his home track, with just a few close friends in attendance. A fitting tribute to a fine human being, generous friend, and great ambassador for motor racing.
Condolences to those closest to him that he left behind.
I admire Paul Newman for all of the reasons listed here by others. Also I remember something else, from time to time, that he publically said about his view of fidelity in marriage. When asked about all of the temptations that he faced working in the movie business, he replied - "Why would I go out for a hamburger when I can have a steak at home".
Talk about countercultural!