Though there were many dashing actors in the 50’s it was Paul Newman who swept off the feet in Hollywood.Originally called as Paul Leonard Newman, hehails from Cleveland, Ohio. Paul was a multifaceted person with his hands-on experience in direction, acting, production and so on.
He was the most sought after villain during those days and he was also an active member of various charitable works. Besides, he was thrown out of Ohio University prior to lending his service as a navy radio operator in World War II. After getting dismissed he joined Kenyon College to pursue his B.A and began acting in several plays.
Once graduating he was in stock productions but unfortunately left it as his father dies in 1950. So he took of his family by running a sports goods shop for a year and then went on to study drama at the prestigious Yale University. But he discontinued the course and shifted to New York where he pursued the same at “The Actors Studio,” which he felt proud to be a part of it.
He made his first Broadway show with Picnic helmed by William. This helped him to sign a deal with Warner Bros and jump into films. Though he did movies it’s his television series which was lauded for.
His first break was in 1956 for “Somebody Up There Likes Me by Robert Wise” and went on to do more successful films. He was nominated 6 times at the Oscars and won one for “The Color of Money in 1986,” which was the next part of “The Hustler.”
He was once again when he was 70 for his performance in Nobody’s fool in 1994 helmed by Robert Benton inspired by the novel Richard Russo.
Apart from movies, his contribution to society was huge as he has raised his voice for same-sex marriage and global disbarment and he also wrote at times for “The Nation.” He also launched his food products in 1982 giving his profits to various charitable causes.