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Paul Newman

Actor + Director
Born Jan 26, 1925

Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, three Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy award, and many honorary awards.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Newman.


1925 Birth Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, the second son of Theresa (née Fetzer or Fetsko; 1896–1982) and Arthur Sigmund Newman (1894–1950), who ran a profitable sporting goods store. … Read More


1943 18 Years Old Graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1943, he briefly attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he was initiated into the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. … Read More
1944 19 Years Old Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Barber's Point, Hawaii. … Read More


1945 20 Years Old Newman later flew as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber. As a radioman-gunner, he was ordered aboard the with a draft of replacements shortly before the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. … Read More
1949 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After the war, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and economics at Kenyon College in 1949. … Read More
1951 - 1952 2 More Events
1953 28 Years Old He made his Broadway theater debut in the original production of William Inge's Picnic with Kim Stanley in 1953 and appeared in the original Broadway production of The Desperate Hours in 1955. … Read More
1954 29 Years Old In February 1954, Newman appeared in a screen test with James Dean, directed by Gjon Mili, for East of Eden (1955). … Read More


1956 31 Years Old In 1956, Newman garnered much attention and acclaim for the role of Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me.
1957 32 Years Old Shortly after filming The Long, Hot Summer in 1957, he divorced Witte.
Newman was married to actress Joanne Woodward from 1958 until his death. … Read More


1968 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Newman was a lifelong Democrat. For his support of Eugene McCarthy in 1968 (and effective use of television commercials in California) and his opposition to the War in Vietnam, Newman was placed nineteenth on Richard Nixon's enemies list, which Newman claimed was his greatest accomplishment.
1969 44 Years Old Newman was an auto racing enthusiast, and first became interested in motorsports ("the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in") while training at the Watkins Glen Racing School for the filming of Winning, a 1969 film.
1971 46 Years Old Because of his love and passion for racing, Newman agreed in 1971 to star in and to host his first television special, Once Upon a Wheel, on the history of auto racing. … Read More
1972 47 Years Old Newman's first professional event as a racer was in 1972, at Thompson International Speedway, and he was a frequent competitor in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events for the rest of the decade, eventually winning four national championships. … Read More


1976 51 Years Old During the 1976 auto racing season, Paul Newman became interested in forming a professional auto racing team and contacted Bill Freeman from Santa Barbara. … Read More
1979 54 Years Old Their "Newman Freeman Racing" team was very competitive in the North American Can-Am series in their Budweiser sponsored Chevrolet powered Spyder NFs. Paul and Bill began a long and successful partnership with the Newman Freeman Racing team in the Can-Am series which culminated in the Can-Am Team Championship trophy in 1979. … Read More
1983 58 Years Old Later Newman co-founded Newman/Haas Racing with Carl Haas, a Champ Car team, in 1983, going on to win 8 drivers' championships under his ownership. … Read More


1986 61 Years Old In addition to the awards Newman won for specific roles, he received an honorary Academy Award in 1986 for his "many and memorable and compelling screen performances" and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charity work in 1994.
1992 67 Years Old He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1992 along with his wife, Joanne Woodward.
1994 69 Years Old In 1994, Newman and his wife received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. … Read More
2004 79 Years Old 1 More Event
Among his last races were the Baja 1000 in 2004 and the 24 Hours of Daytona once again in 2005.
2006 81 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 role for a major feature film.
Newman retired from acting in May 2007, saying "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. … Read More
Newman was named the Most Generous Celebrity of 2008 by Givingback.org.
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