Paul Newman

Highest Rated: 100% Our Town (2003)
Birthday: Jan 26, 1925
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


Highest Rated Movies



87% 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
75% Cars Doc Hudson $244.1M 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
100% Our Town Stage Manager 2003
No Score Yet American Masters Reader 2003
91% The Kid Stays in the Picture Actor $1.4M 2002
80% Road to Perdition John Rooney $104.1M 2002
47% Where the Money Is Henry 2000
32% Message in a Bottle Dodge Blake 1999
No Score Yet Paul Newman: Hollywood's Cool Hand Actor 1999
60% Twilight Harry Ross 1998
No Score Yet The Universal Story Actor 1996
91% Nobody's Fool Sully 1994
56% 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
80% Blaze Gov. Earl Long 1989
47% 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 Director Harry 1984
96% The Verdict Frank Galvin 1982
83% Absence Of Malice Gallagher 1981
85% Fort Apache, the Bronx Murphy 1981
0% When Time Ran Out Hank Anderson 1980
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Director 1980
22% Quintet Essex 1979
84% Slap Shot Reggie Dunlop 1977
77% Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson The Star (William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody) 1976
82% Silent Movie Himself 1976
50% The Drowning Pool Harper 1975
71% The Towering Inferno Doug Roberts 1974
93% The Sting Henry Gondorff 1973
55% The MacKintosh Man Rearden 1973
63% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Producer Director 1972
75% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Judge Roy Bean 1972
67% Pocket Money Jim Kane 1972
73% They Might Be Giants Producer 1971
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
90% Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy 1969
56% Winning Frank Capua 1969
86% Rachel, Rachel Director Actor Producer 1968
No Score Yet The Secret War of Harry Frigg Harry Frigg 1968
93% Hombre John Russell 1967
100% Cool Hand Luke Lucas Jackson 1967
68% Torn Curtain Prof. Michael Armstrong 1966
100% Harper (The Moving Target) Lew Harper 1966
29% Lady L Armand Denis 1965
No Score Yet The Outrage Juan Carrasco 1964
25% What a Way to Go! Larry Flint 1964
0% A New Kind of Love Steve Sherman 1963
81% Hud Hud Bannon 1963
43% 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
67% Paris Blues Ram Bowen 1961
98% The Hustler Fast Eddie Felson 1961
64% Exodus Ari Ben Canaan 1960
33% 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
89% 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


No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2013
No Score Yet Costas Now
  • 2005
No Score Yet Iconoclasts
Appearing Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Masters
Voice Reader
  • 2003
85% The Simpsons
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
  • 1994