Paul Newman was Nobody’s Fool

 

Paul Newman’s last great performance onscreen was as “rascally ne’er-do-well” Sully Sullivan inRobert Benton’s 1994 drama Nobody’s Fool. It brought the actor his eighth Best Actor Academy Award nomination, a prize he had finally claimed via his seventh nod for 1987’s The Color of Money. Newman would go on to earn one more Oscar nomination for 2002’s The Road to Perdition, his first as Best Supporting Actor.

But the true measure of this Shaker Heights, Ohio native is the fact that his Hollywood heroics paled in comparison to how he conducted himself away from the glare of awards shows, cameras and publicists. He raised more than $200 million for charity while helping Americans eat healthier via the ever-expanding line of Newman’s Own products, items with some of the best liner notes of any grocery offering; he stayed connected to the true values of human life by living in Westport, Connecticut rather than Malibu, California; he collaborated throughout his career, on screen and on stage, with lifelong soul mate Joanne Woodward; and he raced cars with a verve that kept those twinkly blue eyes gleaming well past the days of the golden age of American film.

(Film Stew)

 


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