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Paul Newman dies at 83.

Actor and race car enthusiast Paul Newman has lost his lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 83, passing away at his Connecticut home on Friday night.

The star, who fought his way to the top of the movie business, was a long-time fan of motor racing, indulging his passion both behind the wheel and as a co-owner of race-winning cars in sportscars, Champ Car and IndyCar.

Newman appeared in some 60 movies, including poolroom drama The Hustler and The Sting, as well as the immortal Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, where he co-starred with Robert Redford. He earned nine Oscar nominations, finally winning the top honour for his role alongside rising star - and fellow race fans - Tom Cruise for Hustler sequel The Colour of Money.

He also starred alongside his wife, Joanne Woodward, in the racing-inspired film Winning, and kept his interest in motorsport allied to his profession by voicing the character of Doc Hudson in Disney/Pixar's Cars, as well as narrating the 2007 biopic of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt.

A charitable individual via the Newman's Own Foundation', which took its name from his range of foodstuffs, Newman also founded the Hole in the Wall Camps, which provided summer breaks for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and featured heavily on his Champ Car and IndyCar entries.

"Paul's Newman's craft was acting, his passion was racing, his love was his family and friends, and his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all," claimed Foundation vice-chairman Robert Forrester.

After retiring from the silver screen when he felt that he was no longer able to maintain the form he had shown throughout his career, Newman furthered the interest in motorsport that had begun on the set of Winning.

His Newman's first professional event behind the wheel came in 1972, but he showed his ability by contesting such major events as the Le Mans 24 Hours, finishing second in 1979 in a Dick Barbour's Porsche 935. Undaunted by his advancing years, he was still active at the age of 70, contesting the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1995.

Along the way, he helped found Newman/Haas Racing in 1983 with Carl Haas, the Champ Car team later becoming Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing with the addition of Mike Lanigan for 2007. He also helped to form a second-tier operation to foster young talent in the shape of Atlantic Championship team Newman Wachs Racing. Both teams continue following the unification of Champ Car and IndyCar racing in 2008, something that Newman initially opposed, but eventually gave his support to.

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Alex Kulcsar - Unregistered

September 28, 2008 8:13 AM

The article is a bit incomplete...Newman not only competed in the 1995 Daytona 24 Hour race, but WON his class. He was still competing in 2005, and even ran the brutal Baja 1000 desert race in 2004. Movie star, philanthropist, team owner & a damn fine driver. Bravo Paul, on a life well lived.


September 27, 2008 7:06 PM

What we must all remember is that we are all only visitors here and rather than mourn his passing, we should celebrate his life and the pleasures he has given us all. If you are faced with a difficult choice, think of his performance in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and just go for it....

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