A spokeswoman for screen legend Paul Newman says the actor has died at age 83. Spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic says Newman died Friday of cancer. No other details were immediately available.
Newman was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times, winning a regular Oscar in 1987 for “The Color of Money” and two honorary ones. He was equally at home in comedies such as “The Sting” and dramas such as “Hud.”
He sometimes teamed with his wife, Joanne Woodward, also an Oscar winner for the 1957 film “Three Faces of Eve.”
He lived away from Hollywood in Connecticut and was devoted to his wife and family. When asked about infidelity, he quipped:
“Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?”
Although he he had been nominated for Oscars he didn’t actually win Best Actor until the mid-80s when he reprised his role of “Fast” Eddie Felson in The Color of Money (1986) which was directed by Martin Scorsese.
His last film role on screen was as an Irish mob boss in Road to Perdition (2002), which he starred in alongside Tom Hanks, but his final work in a movie was as the voice of Doc Hudson in the Pixar animation hit Cars (2006).
Outside of his film career, Newman had a passion for motorsports which he discovered while training for and filming the 1969 film Winning.
Here he is discussing his racing on a David Letterman appearence in 2007:
He won several national championships in Sports Car Club of America road racing and his race teams won several championships in open wheel Indy Car racing.
Politically liberal, he campaigned for various issues and politicians down the years.