Paul Newman was a legendary movie star and irreverent cultural icon who created a model for philanthropy fueled by profits from a salad dressing that became nearly as famous as he was.
Stunningly handsome, Newman maintained his superstar status while keeping his distance from its corrupting influences through nearly 100 Broadway, television and movie roles. As an actor and director, he evolved into Hollywood's elder statesman, admired off screen for his quiet generosity, unconventional business sense, race car daring, political activism and enduring marriage to actress Joanne Woodward.
The actor was proudest, friends say, of his later Oscar-nominated roles in "Absence of Malice," "The Verdict" and "Nobody's Fool," in which he dug deep into the complex emotions of ordinary men struggling for dignity, justice or a sense of connection. In 2003, he was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for his last feature film appearance, as a conflicted mob boss in "Road to Perdition." Two years later, at 80, he won an Emmy for playing a meddlesome father in "Empire Falls."
|1958||Best Actor||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Nomination|
|1961||Best Actor||The Hustler||Nomination|
|1967||Best Actor||Cool Hand Luke||Nomination|
|1968||Best Picture||Rachel, Rachel||Nomination|
|1981||Best Actor||Absence of Malice||Nomination|
|1982||Best Actor||The Verdict||Nomination|
|1986||Best Actor||The Color of Money||Win|
|1993||Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award||Win|
|1994||Best Actor||Nobody's Fool||Nomination|
|2002||Best Supporting Actor||Road to Perdition||Nomination|