Paul Newman: 1925-2008
This is very sad news to be posting. Legendary actor Paul Newman died Friday at his home in Connecticut, of cancer. He was 83.
I came late to seeing Newman as an actor, and even now, I’m not well versed in his filmography. I know what work he’s done, but I haven’t seen a good deal of it yet. My first exposure to Paul Newman was his last live-action feature, Road To Perdition. His performance as the elderly lord of an Irish crime family is a masterfully tuned portrayal, balancing cold menace with grandfatherly warmth; weariness with icy resolve. It’s an instantly memorable role.
The other Newman role that sticks with me is, of course, Butch Cassidy. Newman’s presence as a character and as a movie star is at its peak in Butch. His natural charisma and physical presence combine to make Butch one of cinema’s enduring heroes.
I cherish these two films, and I look forward to discovering more of Newman’s work. He will be sorely missed.
Update: The Ebert link has been fixed.