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Paul Newman

Lowest Rated:   0% When Time Ran Out (1980)
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Birthplace:   Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
In a business where public scandal and bad-boy behavior are the rule rather than the exception, Paul Newman is as much a hero offscreen as on. A blue-eyed matinee idol whose career successfully spanned five decades, he was also a prominent social activist, a major proponent of actors' creative rights, and a noted philanthropist. Born January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, OH, Newman served in World War II prior to attending Kenyon College on an athletic scholarship; when an injury ended his sports career, he turned to drama, joining a summer stock company in Wisconsin. After relocating to Illinois in 1947, he married actress Jacqueline Witte, and, following the death of his father, took over the family's sporting-goods store. Newman quickly grew restless, however, and after selling his interest in the store to his brother, he enrolled at the Yale School of Drama. During a break from classes he traveled to New York City where he won a role in the CBS television series The Aldrich Family. A number of other TV performances followed, and in 1952 Newman was accepted by the Actors' Studio, making his Broadway debut a year later in Picnic, where he was spotted by Warner Bros. executives.Upon Newman's arrival in Hollywood, media buzz tagged him as "the new Brando." However, after making his screen debut in the disastrous epic The Silver Chalice, he became the victim of scathing reviews, although Warners added on another two years to his contract after he returned to Broadway to star in The Desperate Hours. Back in Hollywood, he starred in The Rack. Again reviews were poor, and the picture was quickly pulled from circulation. Newman's third film, the charming Somebody Up There Likes Me, in which he portrayed boxer Rocky Graziano, was both a commercial and critical success, with rave reviews for his performance. His next film of note was 1958's The Long Hot Summer, an acclaimed adaptation of a pair of William Faulkner short stories; among his co-stars was Joanne Woodward, who soon became his second wife. After next appearing as Billy the Kid in Arthur Penn's underrated The Left-Handed Gun, Newman starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, scoring his first true box-office smash as well as his first Academy Award nomination.After appearing with Joanne Woodward in Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! -- the couple would frequently team onscreen throughout their careers -- Newman traveled back to Broadway to star in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Upon his return to the West Coast, he bought himself out of his Warner Bros. contract before starring in the 1960 smash From the Terrace. Exodus, another major hit, quickly followed. While by now a major star, the true depths of Newman's acting abilities had yet to be fully explored; that all changed with Robert Rossen's 1961 classic The Hustler, in which he essayed one of his most memorable performances as pool shark "Fast" Eddie Felson, gaining a second Oscar nomination. His third nod came for 1963's Hud, which cast him as an amoral Texas rancher. While a handful of creative and financial disappointments followed, including 1964's The Outrage and 1965's Lady L, 1966's Alfred Hitchcock-helmed Torn Curtain marked a return to form, as did the thriller Harper.For 1967's superb chain-gang drama Cool Hand Luke, Newman scored a fourth Academy Award nomination, but again went home empty-handed. The following year he made his directorial debut with the Joanne Woodward vehicle Rachel Rachel, scoring Best Director honors from the New York critics as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The couple next appeared onscreen together in 1969's Winning, which cast Newman as a professional auto racer; motor sports remained a preoccupation in his real life as well, and he was the most prominent of the many celebrities who began racing as a hobby. He then starred with Robert Redford in 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which went on to become the highest-grossing Western in movie histor

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Tab Hunter Confidential
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Super Speedway: Racing with the Andrettis
  • Narrator
2012
95% Sing Your Song
  • Paul Newman
$48.2k 2012
No Score Yet Lucky Days
  • Producer
2010
73% The Meerkats
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • Actor
2008
74% The Price of Sugar
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Dale
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet 3055 Jean Leon
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Mater and the Ghostlight
  • Doc Hudson
2006
74% Cars
  • Doc Hudson
$244.1M 2006
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Producer
2006
70% Roving Mars
  • Narrator
$10M 2006
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Dave Scott
$32.6M 2005
No Score Yet Empire Falls
  • Executive Producer
  • Max Roby
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Our Town
  • Stage Manager
2003
No Score Yet American Masters
  • Reader
2003
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
$1.4M 2002
81% Road to Perdition
  • John Rooney
$104.1M 2002
47% Where the Money Is
  • Henry
2000
32% Message in a Bottle
  • Dodge Blake
1999
67% Pocket Money
  • Jim Kane
1999
No Score Yet Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand
  • Actor
1999
59% Twilight
  • Harry Ross
1998
No Score Yet The Universal Story
  • Actor
1996
91% Nobody's Fool
  • Sully
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Sidney J. Mussburger
1994
No Score Yet Driven to Excellence
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Once Upon a Wheel
  • Host
1991
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Actor
1991
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Walter Bridge
1990
No Score Yet Full Fathom Five
  • Actor
1990
82% Blaze
  • Gov. Earl Long
1989
50% Fat Man and Little Boy
  • Gen. Leslie R. Groves
1989
No Score Yet John Huston - The Man, the Movies, the Maverick
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Racing Experience
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Indy Challenge
  • Actor
1988
60% End of the Line
  • Producer
1987
70% The Glass Menagerie
  • Director
1987
89% The Color of Money
  • Eddie Felson
1986
22% Harry & Son
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Harry
  • Director
1984
96% The Verdict
  • Frank Galvin
1982
86% Absence Of Malice
  • Gallagher
1981
83% Fort Apache, the Bronx
  • Murphy
1981
0% When Time Ran Out
  • Hank Anderson
1980
No Score Yet The Shadow Box
  • Director
1980
13% Quintet
  • Essex
1979
81% Slap Shot
  • Reggie Dunlop
1977
82% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • The Star (William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody)
1976
81% Silent Movie
  • Himself
1976
50% The Drowning Pool
  • Harper
1975
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Doug Roberts
1974
93% The Sting
  • Henry Gondorff
1973
50% The MacKintosh Man
  • Rearden
1973
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
  • Producer
  • Director
1972
71% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  • Judge Roy Bean
1972
100% Sometimes a Great Notion (Never Give an Inch)
  • Hank Stamper
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Puzzle of a Downfall Child
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet WUSA
  • Producer
  • Rheinhardt
1970
89% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Butch Cassidy
1969
50% Winning
  • Frank Capua
1969
86% Rachel, Rachel
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg
  • Harry Frigg
1968
100% Hombre
  • John Russell
1967
100% Cool Hand Luke
  • Lucas Jackson
1967
65% Torn Curtain
  • Prof. Michael Armstrong
1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target)
  • Lew Harper
1966
17% Lady L
  • Armand Denis
1965
No Score Yet The Outrage
  • Juan Carrasco
1964
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Larry Flint
1964
0% A New Kind of Love
  • Steve Sherman
1963
84% Hud
  • Hud Bannon
1963
No Score Yet The Prize
  • Andrew Craig
1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • The Battler
1962
75% Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Chance Wayne
1962
60% Paris Blues
  • Ram Bowen
1961
98% The Hustler
  • Fast Eddie Felson
1961
64% Exodus
  • Ari Ben Canaan
1960
30% From the Terrace
  • David Alfred Eaton
1960
67% The Young Philadelphians
  • Anthony Judson Lawrence / Narrator
1959
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Brick Pollitt
1958
100% The Left Handed Gun
  • William 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
1958
25% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
  • Harry Bannerman
1958
88% The Long, Hot Summer
  • Ben Quick
1958
60% Until They Sail
  • Capt. Jack Harding
1957
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story
  • Larry
1957
No Score Yet The Rack
  • Captain Edward W. Hall Jr.
1956
82% Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Rocky Graziano
1956
No Score Yet Bang the Drum Slowly
  • Henry Wiggen
1956
13% The Silver Chalice
  • Basil
1954
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas
  • Actor
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Reader
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2001

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