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Jan 26

Special Tribute to Paul Newman – Doc Hudson from Pixar Film “Cars”

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On the birthday anniversary of legendary actor Paul Newman, we’d like to offer a special tribute on what would have been his 88th birthday.

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Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, producer, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner and auto racing enthusiast.

 

Born: January 26, 1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Died: September 26, 2008, Westport, Connecticut
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.77 m)
Spouse: Joanne Woodward (m. 1958–2008), Jackie Witte (m. 1949–1958)
Children: Scott Newman, Melissa Newman, Nell Newman, Claire Olivia Newman, Susan Kendall Newman, Stephanie Newman

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Newman retired from acting in 2006 after a 50-year career that included starring roles in such classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1971), The Hustler (1961), Hud  (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and The Color of Money (1986).

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Newman was nominated for ten Oscars, winning best actor for his role in The  Color of Money in 1986.

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In 2006, in keeping with his strong interest in car racing, he provided the voice of Doc Hudson, a retired anthropomorphic race car in Disney/Pixar‘s Cars—this was his final performance for a major feature film.

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Newman started his own food company in the early 1980s. The business actually got its start by accident when he began making bottles of salad dressing as gifts for Christmas one year with his friend,  writer A. E. Hotchner. Newman had an unusual idea as to what to do with all of the leftovers—he wanted to try selling the dressing to stores. The two went on to found Newman’s Own, whose profits and royalties are used for educational and charitable purposes. The company’s product line now includes salad dressings, sauces, snacks, and cookies. Since the inception of Newman’s Own, over $250 million has been donated to thousands of  charities worldwide.

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So we say Hats Off to you Paul Newman for a wonderful career as an actor, husband, father, and humanitarian. You showed that you can make a difference!

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