Paul Newman

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, three Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. Newman was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of July 2011, these donations exceeded $300 million. Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Newman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Absence of Malice (1981)

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Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sally Field  •  Bob Balaban  •  Melinda Dillon

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

Buffalo Bill plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it. However, Sitting Bull has his own hidden agenda, involving the President and General Custer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Joel Grey  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Kevin McCarthy

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever and talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot 'Sundance Kid'. As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Robert Redford  •  Katharine Ross  •  Strother Martin

Cars (2006)

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Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Lasseter
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Paul Newman  •  Bonnie Hunt  •  Larry the Cable Guy

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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An alcoholic ex-football player drinks his days away, having failed to come to terms with his sexuality and his real feelings for his football buddy who died after an ambiguous accident. His wife is crucified by her desperation to make him desire her: but he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Brooks
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Paul Newman  •  Burl Ives  •  Judith Anderson

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  George Kennedy  •  Luke Askew  •  Morgan Woodward

Hombre (1967)

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Fredric March  •  Richard Boone  •  Diane Cilento

Hud (1963)

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Brandon De Wilde

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Joanne Woodward  •  Saundra McClain  •  Margaret Welsh

Nobody's Fool (1994)

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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- forgotten son and family have moved back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Benton
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Bruce Willis  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Jessica Tandy

Our Town (2003)

Our Town is a three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It is a character story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Using metatheatrical devices, Wilder sets the play in a 1930s ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Naughton
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Jayne Atkinson  •  Reathel Bean  •  Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Quintet (1979)

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called Quintet. For one small group, this obsession is not enough. They play the game with living pieces, and only the winner survives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Vittorio Gassman  •  Fernando Rey  •  Bibi Andersson

Road to Perdition (2002)

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Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Liam Aiken  •  Paul Newman

Silent Movie (1976)

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Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Marty Feldman  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Sid Caesar

Slap Shot (1977)

To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Strother Martin  •  Michael Ontkean  •  Jennifer Warren

The Celluloid Closet (1996)

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Epstein  •  Jeffrey Friedman
CAST:  Lily Tomlin  •  Armistead Maupin  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Arthur Laurents

The Color of Money (1986)

Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, but he eventually grows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Tom Cruise  •  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio  •  Helen Shaver

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Tim Robbins  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Paul Newman  •  Charles Durning

The Sting (1973)

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Set in the 1930s this intricate caper deals with an ambitious small-time crook and a veteran con man who seek revenge on a vicious crime lord who murdered one of their gang.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Robert Redford  •  Robert Shaw  •  Charles Durning

The Towering Inferno (1974)

At the opening party of a colossal—but poorly constructed—office building, a massive fire breaks out, threatening to destroy the tower and everyone in it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Guillermin
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Paul Newman  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Robert Vaughn
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