RIP, Paul Newman

The top crawl notes that Paul Newman passed away today at 83. No deep thoughts here, except to say, what a good actor and what a decent man. So long, Butch Cassidy.

By John Scalzi

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21 replies on “RIP, Paul Newman”

Great actor, and – as E.E. Knight commented – great salad dressing.

Seriously, though, he left behind a body of work that really is a cause for celebration.

And frankly, I’d have been better off watching a Paul Newman marathon rather than that lackluster debate last night.

I’d like to celebrate another side of Paul Newman – his love for and success at motor sports. I had the good fortune to see him win an SCCA race in his Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510, before he had to set aside driving. Sure, he had good equipment, but he drove well, too. Somehow he found time to learn another skill, and as with acting, he mastered it.

He went on to team ownership and considerable success at Indy and elsewhere. What strikes me is that he had many interests, and success in all of them.

A truly lovely bloke in his own right, in addition to his varied talents. 83’s not a bad innings – but it just plain sucks that folk have to die. Hell of a legacy. And reading that Slate article makes me want to be a better person, just knowing that someone like Newman lived.

Whoa. In ignoring the news — too many repeats of the same “analysis” for my taste after a while — one does miss new news items. I don’t recall every seeing Paul Newman in a dud of a film. Indeed it is much more the converse, Newman giving one great performance after another and yet totally generous in making his co-stars have their room, too.

In the weeks after 9/11, while we waited for another shoe to drop and burned out on coverage, there came a day when I bought a new DVD on the way home so we could turn away from having news on all the time. It was The Sting. Mission accomplished. Entertained and the cycle of news-and-doom broken.

Thank you, Mr. Newman.

Dr. Phil

I’m friends with someone involved with “Nobody’s Fool” and, when his family visited the set of “Nobody’s Fool,” Newman was gracious and generous to them, taking time beyond that which might be expected of a Hollywood star to show them around and talk with them. A class act onscreen and off. He will be missed.

it’s hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman’s Own line–high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes… very smart.

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