Paul Newman – a movie legend and a life

He made his movie debut wearing a miniskirt-style toga in a religious epic. This was back in 1954, when pictures like The Silver Chalice were typical Friday-evening fare and young actors were signed to long-term studio contracts, their careers at the mercy of whatever film needed someone who looked like them at that particular moment. He left the screen 52 years later with a farewell voice-over performance in the blockbuster Pixar cartoon Cars. So it's impossible to say that the passing of Paul Newman — who died of cancer at age 83 on Sept. 26 at his home in Westport, Conn. — marks the end of an era, since the era in which Paul Newman was a first-tier movie star spanned nearly half the history of movies.


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