Paul Newman

26.01.1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA - 26.09.2008, Westport, Connecticut, USA


Paul Newman is an American actor, producer and director who started acting in his high school days. During the Second World War he served in the navy and in 1946 he enters Kenyon Colledge. After earning a degree in 1949 he transfers to Yale’s drama department where he graduates in 1954. Shortly after he moves to New York where he attends Lee Strasberg’s acting school. His Broadway debut was in the play Picnic by William Inge and he did some acting in television shows. He hated his big screen debut in The Silver Chalice (1954) so much that he published a newspaper ad apologizing to the audience. Still, he continued his work in TV series, and for his very next film Somebody up There Likes Me (1956), he received favorable reviews. For his part in the film The Long, Hot Summer (1958) he received the leading actor award in the Cannes film of 1958. Newman gave memorable roles in films: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) in which his partner was Elisabeth Taylor; The Hustler (1961) where he is an auto destructive pool player; Hud (1963) playing an unscrupulous young man; a detective in Harper (1966), a spy in Torn Curtain (1966), a rebellious inmate in Cool Hand Luke (1967) and a legendary outlaw with Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). After the huge success he joined forces with Redford as an experienced swindler in the film The Sting (1973). His next roles were a fireman in The Towering Inferno (1974), an ice hockey coach in Slap Shot (1977) and a fallen attorney at law in The Verdict (1982). The part of an aging pool hustler in The Color of Money (1986), an unofficial sequel to The Hustler, brought him an Oscar in the leading actor category in 1987. He continued acting during the nineties, playing in films Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990) by James Ivory, The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) by the Cohen brothers, Nobody\'s Fool (1994) by Roberta Benton, Where the Money Is (2000) by Marek Kanievska and Road to Perdition (2002) by Sam Mendes. As a long-term lover of cars and car races he borrowed his voice to the animated hero of the film Cars (2006). Although famous for his acting he tried directing as well making his debut with a drama Rachel, Rachel (1968); Sometimes a Great Notion (1971) follows in which he also performs as an actor; The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) in which his wife Joanne Woodward won the leading actress award in the Cannes film festival; television film The Shadow Box (1980); Harry & Son (1984) in which he acted and worked on the script; The Glass Menagerie (1987), made after a play by Tennessee Williams.


Work as an actor:
Our Town (2003) (TV)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Where the Money Is (2000)
Message in a Bottle (1999)
Twilight (1998)
Nobody\'s Fool (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
Blaze (1989)
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
The Color of Money (1986)
Harry & Son (1984)
The Verdict (1982)
Come Along with Me (1982) (TV)
Absence of Malice (1981)
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
When Time Ran Out... (1980)
Quintet (1979)
Slap Shot (1977)
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull\'s History Lesson (1976)
The Drowning Pool (1975)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
The Sting (1973)
The MacKintosh Man (1973)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Pocket Money (1972)
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
WUSA (1970)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Winning (1969)
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Hombre (1967)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Harper (1966)
Lady L (1965)
The Outrage (1964)
What a Way to Go! (1964)
The Prize (1963)
A New Kind of Love (1963)
Hud (1963)
Hemingway\'s Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Paris Blues (1961)
The Hustler (1961)
Exodus (1960)
From the Terrace (1960)
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Rally \'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Until They Sail (1957)
The Helen Morgan Story (1957)
The Rack (1956)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
The Silver Chalice (1954)

Work as a director:
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Harry & Son (1984)
The Shadow Box (1980)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Sometimes a Great Notion (1971)
Rachel, Rachel (1968)

Films by this director

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the- Moon Marigolds


Directed by: Paul Newman
PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam Holender

We follow the life of a dysfunctional family which consists of an eccentric widow and mother, Beatrice, and her two daughters: Ruth, an extrovert who suffers from epilepsy and always abides by her mother’s will and Matilda, a shy and introverted little girl who tries to explain the world through the logical laws of science while passing her time doing schoolwork and taking care of her pet. At the Cannes film festival in 1972 Joanne Woodward was won the prize for Best Leading Actress for her per...

35 mm, color, 100 min
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