Paul Newman Dies

He was 83 years old and struggled with cancer for some time. From Fox News:

Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning superstar who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money,” has died. He was 83.

Newman died Friday after a long battle with cancer at his farmhouse near Westport, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

In May, Newman he had dropped plans to direct a fall production of “Of Mice and Men,” citing unspecified health issues.

In August, he finished chemotherapy and told his family he wanted to die at home. He was given only weeks to live.

I loved Paul Newman. He was wonderful in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Hustler, Absence of Malice, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, so many more. I also bought a lot of his Newman’s Own products because they were consistently good. The fact that much of the proceeds went to charities was a bonus. He understood that the free market would raise more money more efficiently to support the causes he loved than any government handout could and I was happy to help him in that cause.

I think today is a good day to head to the video store and rent a few of his classics.

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