Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman, RIP

I'd heard word several weeks back of Paul Newman's rapidly declining health, so I'd steeled myself for the inevitable news that he'd lost his battle with cancer, but that didn't make the gut-punch of seeing it confirmed this morning any less painful. Newman was a legend of the kind there are far too few left of in Hollywood. From Cool Hand Luke to Butch Cassidy to The Sting, and that's just off the top of my head, Newman's film career is peppered with some of the greatest movies of all time, and even in his twilight years he gave complex, nuanced performances, such as his Oscar-nommed turn in '02's Road to Perdition. Beyond his film work, however, Newman was consistently generous over the course of his career with his time, money, and energy in support of charitable and progressive causes, with the ultimate badge of honor being that he earned himself a spot on Nixon's famous "enemies list." He leaves behind a legacy that anyone can be proud of, and most should probably aspire towards.

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