Biography: Paul Newman

Hello there,

It is that time of the celestial calendar that we here at The Gentleman reminisce or indeed biograph (using special gentlemanly bassoon-like graphing instruments) a particular gentleman.  This particular gentleman was chosen on the previous eve after a delicious salad… and by chance one of his films was broadcast on the cathode ray tube device.  Therefore without further ado, Paul Newman this is your biograph.

Paul Newman disappoints a lot of kids with this magic show.

Newman was born in Cleveland during the winter of 1925.  His breakthrough role was as the Court Jester in his school’s production of Robin Hood at the ripe old age of 7, closely followed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the tender young age of 44.

Paul Newman aged 7.

However before Butch Cassidy Paul would go on to serve in the United States navy as a gunner in a torpedo-bomber flying-machine.

Paul Newman's acting side could not be silenced during the war. Here he performs Aladdin aboard the USS Bunker Hill. It was so popular its run didn't end until 1954.

After Newman’s successful run in the Navy he went back to college to finish his degrees in English and Speech at Kenyon College.

Paul Newman helps with the dishes after this early college frat party.

After College the young Newman made it to New York City via various modes of transport.  Here he would get his start on Broadway, however after a wrong turn on West 34th street he found himself in Hollywood.  After a few credits he finally gained critical acclaim in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as the title role: the Tin Roof.

From this point on Newman had a long and illustrious film career spanning many decades.  However something that was not sated during this time was his lust for the perfect hard-boiled egg.

Paul Newman once again disappointed.

After this success Newman went on to make The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966), Hombre (1967) and many other films starting with the letter ‘H’.

Paul Newman got so sick of the letter 'H' that he refused to hear it until 1984's Harry and Son.

As the above picture also shows, Newman was a fanatic when it came to physical health.  Not only did he combine his disgust of a certain letter with abdominal workouts, he also combined ball sports with popular late-1920s dances.

Game, set and match for Newman's Charleston-tennis.

In his twilight years Newman would win an Oscar for his role as ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson in 1986’s The Color of Money (incidentally the answer was green).  Newman formally retired from acting in 2007 and went in pursuit of his lifelong quest of finding the perfect hard-boiled egg.

To infinity and beyond! If Newman couldn't find such an egg on Earth then he would just have to look to the stars.

Although Paul Newman passed away in 2008 we know he is still up there, looking for that egg amongst the stars.

A true gentleman.

So there you have it, until next time.

G.O. Brixley

H.L. Griffith