Name some characters, go ahead. Paul Newman has probably played them. Characters like Brick Pollit, Billy the Kid, Eddie Felson, Hud Bannon, Luke Jackson, Butch Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean, Buffalo Bill, and many more. He began his film career in the 1950’s, but by the 1960’s he was one of the biggest names, and highest paid actors in Hollywood. Not only that, but he was one of the most respected, and still is today.
Some of his greatest roles were made in the 1960’s. Hud Bannon in 1963’s movie of the same name. “Fast” Eddie Felson in 1961’s The Hustler. Luke Jackson in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke and of course Butch Cassidy in 1969’s Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.
Of all the actors I grew up with, Paul Newman was the best in my book, next to Gregory Peck. He was handsome, talented, and gave every performance all he could give. Newman should have won the Oscar much sooner than he did (1987, for his reprisal of the character Eddie Felson, in the Color of Money). Nominated 10 times he was honored in 1986 for an honorary Oscar, and in 1994 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.