Paul Newman: always had the time to talk…

 

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — 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.

 

In the days before the super commercialization of car racing Paul Newman was “hands on” prepping his race car. He’d be right in there with his crew. In Las Vegas, at the old Stardust International Raceway, I happened by his pit. I asked him what had happened to his suspension. He got up walked over and explained the problem and what he was going to do about it.  It was a clinic! Our conversation then drifted to my Austin Healey and the quirks of English sports cars. He knew more about my car than I did and of course knew Donald Healey the car’s designer.  So much more to this man than the average actors whom I find most shallow.  This guy got his hands dirty and enjoyed every moment. My kind of screen ledgend!

 

Actor Paul Newman pauses as he listens to the national anthem on pit road prior to the start of the Rolex 24-Hour endurance race at the Daytona International Speedway in this February 5, 2000 file photo. Oscar-winning actor Newman, responding to a flurry of unconfirmed reports that he is gravely ill with cancer, issued a terse, cryptic statement on Tuesday that shed little light on his actual condition. "Newman says he's doing nicely," his spokesman, Jeff Sanderson, said in a message e-mailed to Reuters and other media outlets in answer to queries about the cancer reports. Picture taken February 5, 2000. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

Cool Hand Paul!

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One Response

  1. Paul Newman is a legend for his work in movies, and he’s a stud for all his work outside of movies

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