Tuesday, October 7, 2008

RIP Mr. Newman. I saw Paul Newman at the Frye about 3 years ago and for a while I didn't believe it was him. How could this tiny, shriveled, humble old man possibly be Butch Cassidy, Cool Hand Luke, and The Hustler? But it was, sure enough. I can't say there has ever been a more likable screen personality who has sustained such a great, long career, not to mention every account of Mr Newman's life has been glowing with gratitude and admiration for his charitable and general good-natured deeds.

Wonderful man, wonderful actor. Great humanitarian.

And a great actor-here's my personal favorite Paul Newman roles:

1. The Color of Money- his reprisal of his character from the Hustler was just supremely entertaining, I really enjoy this a great deal.

2. Nobody's Fool - Paul really nailed the old curmudgeon softens up a bit role. And he punches Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the face.

3. Cool Hand Luke - 50 eggs!

4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

5. The Verdict

Oh, and let us not forget Slap Shot!

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