Paul Newman Dead at 83

Legendary actor struggled with cancer, spokeswoman says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2008 9:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning actor who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as Hud, Cool Hand Luke and The Color of Money, has died after a long battle with cancer, the AP reports. He was 83. In May, Newman had dropped plans to direct a fall production of Of Mice and Men, citing health issues.

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Newman got his start in theater and on television during the 1950s, and went on to become one of the world's most enduring and popular film stars, as well as a favorite of his peers. He was nominated for Oscars 10 times, winning one regular award and two honorary ones. He is survived by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward. (Read more Paul Newman stories.)

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