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30 September 2008 :: 16:09:20 pm 28570

Paul Newman, A Magnetic Titan Of Hollywood, Is Dead At 83

Paul Newman, one of the last of the great 20th-century movie stars, died Friday at his home in Westport, Conn. He was 83. The cause was cancer, said Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Company, Mr. Newman?s publicists.
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If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.

He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless.

Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into a craggy, charismatic old age even as he redefined himself as more than Hollywood star. He raced cars, opened summer camps for ailing children and became a nonprofit entrepreneur with a line of foods that put his picture on supermarket shelves around the world.

Mr. Newman made his Hollywood debut in the 1954 costume film ?The Silver Chalice.?

Stardom arrived a year and a half later, when he inherited from James Dean the role of the boxer Rocky Graziano in ?Somebody Up There Likes Me.? Mr. Dean had been killed in a car crash before the screenplay was finished.

  
  Paul Newman
Academy-award winning actor Paul Newman lost his long battle to cancer on September 26 at his home near Westport, CT. The screen legend starred in classic movies like Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Color of Money, though fans also knew him for his role as race car driver, philanthropist, activist and founder of Newman’s Own food line. In addition to his wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman is survived by his five daughters and seven grandchildren.His daughters gave the following statement: ?Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist… Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: ‘It?s been a privilege to be here.’ He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.?   

  Brad Renfro
25-year-old actor Brad Renfro was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Brad had a troubled history, including a number of arrests and drug use. What is known is that Brad was hanging with friends the night before his death and that he had been drinking. He was heard snoring overnight but found not breathing in the morning. Sources told TMZ.com that Brad had been trying very hard to stay clean, especially since the summer.Brad, who, at the age of 12, starred opposite Susan Sarandon in The Client, had just completed the film The Informers, with Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thorton.   

  Charlton Heston
Screen legend Charlton Heston died on Saturday April 5 at his Beverly Hills home. The Oscar winner “had made an announcement of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2002 and had very much retired from public life,” a family spokesperson reported to People.com. Heston starred in such Hollywood blockbusters as The Ten Commandments in 1956, and 1959’s Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for best actor. The Heston family paid tribute to the actor saying, “Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity.”
  Heath Ledger
On January 22, at 3:30 p.m., 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment, shocking family and fans alike.Heath is survived by his two-year-old daughter Matilda. He had completed filming on the Batman sequel The Dark Knight, and critics were already buzzing about his extraordinary performance.   

  Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty, who played the sarcastic smart mouth Sophia Petrillo, mother to Bea Arthur’s character on The Golden Girls, passed away at the age of 84 due to natural causes. She won a Golden Globe and Emmy for her role, even though she was a mere three years older than Bea Arthur. Estelle was said to be suffering a form of Alzheimer’s disease called Lewy’s Body Dimentia.
Tim Russert
Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press, died of coronary artery disease at the age of 58 on June 13. After returning from a trip to Italy with his wife and son the day before, Russert collapsed in his office in Washington D.C. and was pronounced dead at Sibley Memorial Hospital when resuscitation efforts failed. A public viewing was held on June 17 and a private funeral and burial were held on June 18. Afterward, another memorial service was held in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center and was broadcast on MSNBC.
 
 

 

 
George Carlin

Comedian George Carlin passed away on June 22 at the age of 71 due to heart failure. The legendary performer was admitted to Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica earlier in the day complaining of chest pains, but died later that evening. A stand-up comic and author, he was always open about his long struggle with drugs and alcohol and suffered a heart attack in the past. Late night host Jay Leno said, “If there was ever a comedian who was a voice of their generation it was George Carlin.” And actor Ben Stiller echoed Jay, releasing a statement that George was “a hugely influential force in stand-up comedy. He was one of the greats and he will be missed.”
 
Anthony Minghella

Beloved director Anthony Minghella left Hollywood in absolute shock over his death on March 18. Anthony passed away after suffering from a sudden brain hemorrhage at the age of 54. The Oscar-winning director is best known for his work on the film The English Patient, as well as such movies as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain. Some of the director’s friends and colleagues are speaking out on what an incredible person and talent he was, including actress Nicole Kidman. In a statement she said, “I’m devastated. There is really no way to put it into words. He was a gift to the world.”
 
Bernie Mac

Comedian Bernie Mac passed away at the age of 50 due to complications from pneumonia. In 2007 Bernie said on the Late Show that he was planning to retire. “It’s going to be 30 years for me, and I’m going to call it… I missed a lot of things, you know… I went into clubs in 1977.” His long career began in Chicago where he worked as a stand-up comedian. From 2001-2006, Bernie had his own show, The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him four NAACP Image awards. On August 1, Bernie Mac was taken to the hospital for pneumonia, though he was expected to recover.
Stanley Kamel

The Monk star, who played Dr. Charles Kroeger on the series, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on April 8. According to Access Hollywood, the actor reportedly died of a heart attack at the age of 65. Kamel is well known for his role as Dylan’s wife’s dad, Anthony Marchette, on Beverly Hills, 90210.
 
Reporter : PDN staff   Category : World News

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