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Losing Newman

Posted at 1:17 PM on September 27, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Now Paul Newman's gone. It's a sad day, but it's always good to celebrate the achievements of those who have passed, and Newman did a great deal. There were so many great films, "The Sting," "Cool Hand Luke," "The Hustler" and one of my personal favorites "Sometimes a Great Notion," (known sometimes as "Never Give an Inch") which Newman also directed.

He had a talent for playing the iconoclastic loner, someone who was so dedicated to principle he'll stick with it even if it means personal disaster.

What seems clear too is Newman was a decent guy. He put his money where his mouth was, speaking out and raising money for causes he thought were important. The Newman's Own Foundation put out a release today marking his death and it contained the following lines from Foundation Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester:

"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all. Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance."

Newman is gone, but his legacy artistic and philanthropic remains.

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