Sad news to report today as legendary actor Paul Newman finally lost his battle with lung cancer, passing away at the age of 83 in his Westport, Connecticut home yesterday. With an impressive resume of films that includes Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler, Exodus and Road to Perdition, Newman officially retired from acting in 2007, and his fight with the disease was made public a few months ago.
Newman’s last film appearance was providing the voice of Doc Hudson in Disney/Pixar’s 2006 hit Cars, which ironically had just had its sequel announced for a summer 2011 release.
Although Newman had been nominated for an Academy Award ten times in his lengthy career, he only won once for 1987’s Color of Money, just a year after being bestowed with an Honorary Award. Newman’s last live action film appearance was Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition for which Newman would receive his final Oscar nomination.
Newman leaves behind his wife of fifty years, actress Joanne Woodward, with whom he had three children, his Newman’s Own food empire, which was also based in Westport, as well as hundreds of great movie classics that will never be forgotten.