Screen legend Paul Newman died Friday at the age of 83 after a long battle with lung cancer.
Hollywood, along with the rest of the world, will mourn the man who leaves behind one of the most remarkable acting careers in the entertainment industry. Best known for his roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Hustler, Newman made over 60 films and was nominated 10 times for the Academy Award. He finally took home an Oscar for his performance as an aging pool shark in The Color of Money in 1986.
Movie star turned philanthropist, Newman will also be remembered for his food company and foundation Newman’s Own. Since the 1980s he generously donated over $100 million dollars to charity.
Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester of Newman’s Own Foundation remembers the life of his friend. “Paul Newman’s craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all."
Newman is survived by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, whom he was married to for 50 years, and six children. In a statement released by his children early Saturday they expressed their love for their father. “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. Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity. 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."