Thoughts on Kingdom, Church, and Grace from an American living in Hong Kong

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman: 1925-2008

I was saddened to hear of the passing of actor Paul Newman. Mr. Newman was an icon for a number of generations starring in such classics as Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and my personal favorite, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

But Paul Newman was more than just an actor. He was a dedicated philanthropist whose company to date has given more than 200 million dollars to charitable organizations. Organizations such as his "Hole in the Wall" kids camps that focused on gravely ill children. According to CNN, "He saw the camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back and raise a little hell,". There are 11 such camps around the world including Africa and Vietnam and they have touched the lives of over 135,000 children.

Paul Newman leaves his wife of 50 years, actress Joanne Woodward, and five children. In Hollywood, where marriages last about 5 years, to see a faithful and devoted husband, is extrordinary. Again according to CNN, "He observed that just because he was a sex symbol there was no reason to commit adultery."

"Why would I go out for a hamburger when [I] have steak at home?" said Newman.

A reunion movie featuring Paul Newman and Robert Redford was always talked about, but a script was never decided upon. Much to our loss. I'll close this entry with a remark by Robert Redford on his friend's passing:

"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."

1 comment:

Andrew said...

He was one of those who did something with the fame that came his way.... yet his many efforts and leading a good life and helping his fellow man were fairly subtle... nothing to get the tabs all in a bunch. He was one of the greats.