“Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as 'Hud,' 'Cool Hand Luke' and 'The Color of Money,' has died. He was 83.
“Newman died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport... surrounded by his family and close friends.
“He got his start in theater and on television during the 1950s, and went on to become one of the world's most enduring and popular film stars, a legend held in awe by his peers. He was nominated for Oscars 10 times, winning one regular award and two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including 'Exodus,' 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Verdict,' 'The Sting' and 'Absence of Malice.'
“Newman worked with some of the greatest directors of the past half century, from Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers. His co-stars included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and, most famously, Robert Redford, his sidekick in 'Butch Cassidy' and 'The Sting.'
“With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favorite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. 'I was always a character actor,' he once said. 'I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.'”
-- “Paul Newman dies at 83”
PLUS: James Dean and Paul Newman screen test for East of Eden, 1954. “Just 40 seconds but a real gem. Then newcomers Dean and Newman, both impossibly good-looking, face off in a screen test for East of Eden. Dean got the role (Newman's big screen debut came in 1954's 'The Silver Chalice'), but it makes you wish they'd starred together for real. Dean: 'Kiss me.' Newman: 'Can't here.'” [Ajesh Patalay, The Observer]