With the 1950’s came newcomer and heart throb, Paul Newman with his memorable blue eyes and cool laid back persona. His big screen debut, The Silver Chalice (1954) was nearly his last. He considered his performance in this costume epic to be so bad that he took out a full-page ad in a trade paper apologizing for it to anyone who might have seen it. But he went on to star as boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me, a role meant for James Dean, but went to Newman after Dean’s untimely death in 1955. When he took the role for Brick in the great Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Paul Newman became a Hollywood icon.
He was nominated for 9 Acting Academy Awards in 5 different decades, in the 50s (Best Lead Actor for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), in the 60s (Best Lead Actor for The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), and Cool Hand Luke (1967), in the 80s (Best Lead Actor for Absence of Malice (1981), The Verdict (1982), and The Color of Money (1986) winning for this last film), in the 90’s (Best Lead Actor for Nobody’s Fool (1994) and finally in 2002s Road to Perdition (2002) for Best Supporting Actor.
Paul Newman has become a Hollywood living legend, and still ruggedly handsome as he enters his 7th decade of life.