Monday, September 29, 2008

Paul Newman

There may be quite a lot of this on blogs written by what the media call "men of a certain age", but I'd just like to note my sadness at the death of Paul Newman last week. He stars in one of my favourite films ever, the little-known "Pocket Money", and plenty of other great movies besides. I hardly need mention "The Hustler" or "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" or "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid".There's also "Hud", "Hombre", "Absence of Malice"...The man was prolific and approached his job with a seriousness that was never self-conscious or pretentious, but resulted in a body of work that no other American actor can match in terms of quality.

1 comment:

Leo said...

Hi Bruce. I agree with everything you said about Paul Newman. I just wanted to add something about his philanthropic efforts over the years. He founded a company called "Newman's Own" which produces salad dressings and spaghetti sauces, amongst other things. All proceeds go to various charities and to date has raised over 250 million dollars. And 20 years ago he founded "The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp" for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Every summer more than 1,000 children from around the world attend the camps free of charge. A great actor and a great man.