Saturday, September 27, 2008

In Memoriam: Paul Newman (1925-2008)

A new film with Paul Newman in the cast was one I always looked forward to seeing. Beginning in the late 1970s, he had a remarkably easygoing presence onscreen. It gave him a solid foundation for his acting effects, and he was so relaxing to watch that one couldn't help but like him immensely. He was a man's dream of what it could be like to grow older: still lean and handsome, and with a smooth, understated manner that was equal parts self-assurance and gravitas.

His best films were made in the 1960s. The Hustler, Hud, and Cool Hand Luke were major precursors to the true Hollywood Golden Age of the late 1960s and the 1970s. The films he made between 1978 and 1994 aren't as good, but he's at his peak in them. Slap Shot, Absence of Malice, The Verdict, The Color of Money, and Nobody's Fool feature leading-man movie-star acting at its most enjoyable. He will be missed.

Paul Newman (1925-2008).

Rest in Peace.


movie fan said...

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.

Pol C said...

I understand his charitable donations to various causes during his lifetime was around $200 million. He was definitely one of the good guys in real life, too.