Saturday, September 27, 2008

Life in the numbers

Today, a great actor, a great philanthropist and a great man died.

His name was Paul Newman, and he was 83 years old.

After his only son died in 1978 from an accidental overdose of Valium, he established the Scott Newman Foundation to finance the production of anti-drug films for children.

In 1988, Newman founded a camp in northeastern Connecticut for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The camp serves 13,000 children every year, free of charge.

Paul was passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights. He was famously liberal, and due to his active support of Eugene McCarthy in 1968, he ended up on President Nixon's enemies list. It was one of the actor's proudest achievements, he liked to say.

-19 The position he held on Richard Nixon's enemies list.
-50 Major films
-10 Oscar nominations
-3 Oscar wins (Two honorary awards)
-5 BAFTA nominations
-1 BAFTA win
-30 Years of philanthropy
-200 Million raised for charity
-50 Years of marriage to a wonderful woman/actor Joanne Woodward

One of Paul Newman's last on-screen roles was for the 2005 HBO drama Empire Falls.

I was very sick at home when it first aired.

The story, the characters and his performance truly resonated for me.

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Blogger KleoPatra said...

i think he and my Mom are going to have a good time in the coming days... yup, she welcomed him up to Heaven, without a doubt.

Thanks for your kind words about my Mom. She was amazing in every way, each and every day. You get it, and i thank you, Peter.


8:08 PM  
Blogger Dusty said...

He was a wonderful human being and a great actor. I think you hit all the bases with this writeup Peter. ;)

10:16 PM  

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