Remembering Paul Newman


Oscar-winning actor and philanthropist Paul Newman died Friday, surrounded by friends and family at his home in Connecticut. Below are some remembrances from family, colleagues and admirers.

"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. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family."
-- Newman's daughters, Susan, Stephanie, Nell, Melissa (Lissy) and Clea

"His heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all."

-- Newman's Own Foundation vice chairman Robert Forrester

"There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life -- and this country -- is better for his being in it."
-- Robert Redford

"Sometimes God makes perfect people, and Paul Newman was one of them."
-- Sally Field

"Paul was a great friend and role model for over 30 years. His beautiful spirit touched millions of people around the world. His work with countless charities and his creation of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps is inspiring and a lasting legacy. We send the family our deepest condolences, especially Joanne who Paul loved so much."
-- Bob and Harvey Weinstein

"Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy who men wanted to be like and women adored. He was an American icon, a brilliant actor, a Renaissance man and a generous but modest philanthropist. He entertained millions in some of Hollywood's most memorable roles ever, and he brightened the lives of many more, especially seriously ill children, through his charitable works. Paul was one of a kind. The beloved film star will be missed by a world of fans and admirers."
-- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Paul was an American icon, philanthropist and champion for children. Our prayers and thoughts are with Joanne and the Newman family and the many people who Paul impacted through his endless kindness and generosity."
-- Bill and Hillary Clinton

"The art of filmmaking and a world in great need of big hearts with bold ambitions is mourning the loss of a legend today. Paul Newman soared to fame with a fondness for portraying scamps, louts and ne'er-do-wells, yet he will be remembered as an artist, gentleman and humanitarian whose extraordinary career was rivaled in every respect by an exemplary life. He was a master of his craft -- an artist respected and emulated by his peers and beloved by movie fans around the world. Incredibly, the effect of his charitable work will rival and perhaps even exceed the legacy he leaves us all on the silver screen. At a time in our history when the world desperately needs citizens with the power and instinct to both create and to give back, Paul Newman will truly be missed. He leaves behind his great partner in life, Joanne Woodward, with whom our thoughts are today."
-- MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman

"Yes, his eyes were that blue and beautiful. I had the most memorable time singing and dancing with Paul in the musical version of 'Our Town' on live television with Frank Sinatra. I also have very sweet recollections of filming 'Exodus' with him in Israel and spending time offscreen with his beloved Joanne and our respective families. His legacy as a humanitarian for children around the world is unmatchable. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Joanne and the family."
-- Eva Marie Saint

"He set the bar too high for the rest of us. ... Not just actors, but all of us. He will be greatly missed."
-- George Clooney

"He comes from that era of actors along with the Deans, Brandos and Clifts that I, that we all looked at, as actors who changed the art form."

-- Leonardo DiCaprio

"Our agency mourns the death of Paul Newman, and it was our privilege to represent him for many years. His award-winning film career brilliantly co-existed with a lifetime commitment to social justice and philanthropy. He once told me that Newman’s Own was one of his most gratifying achievements. He elevated the role of concerned citizen: from civil rights and nuclear disarmament to the Hole in the Wall Camps and many other benefactors of Newman’s Own Foundation. Our sympathy goes to Joanne Woodward, his wife of 50 years, and his five daughters, two grandchildren and brother. Paul will be remembered by his wide circle of friends for his loyalty, his sly humor and his unbelievable modesty."
-- ICM chairman and CEO Jeff Berg

"I loved that man with all my heart. He was goodness and kindness and pure integrity. I know he loved his family, his wife, the world and mankind. He was purity of heart. Working with him was such a joy. Knowing him, being his friend, was as golden as the sunset and a privilege I'll never forget. I thank God and feel so honored for that privilege. May he be in God's embrace forever."
-- Dame Elizabeth Taylor
"Paul Newman was a major part of my career. We made 6 pictures together, including 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' 'The Sting,' 'The Verdict' and 'Road to Perdition.' We will all miss him not only professionally, but mostly as a generous and loving man."
-- Richard D. Zanuck