TCM remembers Paul Newman

On October 12, Turner Classic Movies honors Paul Newman with a 24 hour film salute. Beginning at 6 AM, TCM will air:

The Rack

Until They Sail
Torn Curtain
Sweet Bird of Youth
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Cool Hand Luke
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rachel, Rachel
The Outrage

This is the perfect opportunity to check out some of Newman’s earlier and more obscure films.

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David Letterman Pays Tribute To Paul Newman

The thing for me as I spent more time with him… yeah he’s a great actor and yes he can drive race cars really really fast, but if you kind of watched what he was doing, you realized here is a guy who knew how to live his life because he took care of other people. – David Letterman on Paul Newman

David Letterman remembered Paul Newman on The Late Show. Watch the video below.

And here is a video of Newman appearing on The Late Show in 1993. It’s not the best quality video but it is still worth watching.

And one more.

David Letterman always seems to get it right when it counts.

Paul Newman: One of the Great Ones

Reflections on the life and career of Paul Newman

An Actor Whose Baby Blues Came in Shades of Gray – Manohla Dargis’ appraisal of Newman’s life and career

“Paul Newman always wore his fame lightly, his beauty too…He learned to use that flawless face, so we could see the complexities underneath. And later, when age had extracted its price, he learned to use time too, showing us how beauty could be beaten down and nearly used up.”

A Late Great Movie Star – In this multimedia feature, Manohla Dargis recounts Newman’s career

30 Unforgettable Roles – A photo gallery from Entertainment Weekly

Paul Newman’s Frustrating Quest at the Oscars – By Tom O’Neil, Gold Derby

Newman remembered by Hollywood’s Greats – By Scott Feinberg, The Feinberg Files

Paul Newman and Me – Coleneth Smiley Jr remembers being a camper at Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Boston Herald

One night, I met Mr. Newman. He came through to hang out and join in some corny camp sing-a-longs. But “Hi, My Name is Joe” and “Kumbayah” can’t really be considered corny if “Cool Hand Luke” is bellowing out a couple of verses.

The Reluctant Star – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

A Life in film, cars and charity – Paul Harris, The Guardian

In a career studded with remarkable achievements, Newman’s greatest work of art might simply have been his ability to lead a fulfilled life outside of the glamour of being an icon.

Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Paul Newman, one of the last great actors from the 20th-century, has died. He was 83.

His New York Times obituary describes his life and career best:

If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.

He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless. Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into craggy, charismatic old age.

Paul Newman was one of those actors who you liked no matter what. Actually, he was probably the only actor who has the ability to make you enjoy everything he works on. While the news of his death isn’t surprising (there have been reports of his failing health for months), it is still sad. Hollywood without Paul Newman and the world without Paul Newman isn’t going to be pretty one. In recent years, he was like the ambassador who never had to show up for anything but everyone still loved him. Without him, there is going to be something missing. I’m fortunate enough that I’ve been alive for some of his career and that I got to see some of his work. And for me that’s pretty special.