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oh, no. RIP.

Posted by phenics | September 27, 2008 8:02 AM

I've said it before: one can not eat 50 hard boiled eggs.

Posted by m@ | September 27, 2008 8:03 AM

this has been coming for a while now. 83 is a good run, especially when one accomplished as much as he did.

his legacy in art & charity is impressive.

Posted by max solomon @ home | September 27, 2008 8:07 AM

Oh shit. I love his products. The world has lost a nearly tireless soul who worked hard to make life better for all of us. My sympathies to his wonderful wife. She's pretty damned amazing as well.

Posted by Goindy | September 27, 2008 8:11 AM

Few people have contributed so much. R.I.P.

Posted by Vince | September 27, 2008 8:15 AM

I'm surprised at how sad that makes me.
He was someone who increased the sum of good in the world.

Posted by Hypatia | September 27, 2008 8:17 AM

Paul Newman, oh for the love

Posted by 4f...sake | September 27, 2008 8:23 AM

What a wonderful live he lived. Inspiring. We can't all be movie stars, but he raced cars, he built a charity, he went to town with what this life gave him.

Also, he was just so beautiful.

Posted by Terry | September 27, 2008 8:29 AM

Newman croaks it, McCain walks the earth.

Fucking sigh.

Posted by gimmeaminute | September 27, 2008 8:31 AM

I'm with Terry at 8 on all counts. I was just looking at the Washington Post's remembrance. He was beautiful.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | September 27, 2008 8:39 AM

Gorgeous, wonderful man. I love this quote from the nytimes write-up:

"December 1994, about a month before his 70th birthday, he told Newsweek magazine he had changed little with age. "I'm not mellower, I'm not less angry, I'm not less self-critical, I'm not less tenacious," he said. "Maybe the best part is that your liver can't handle those beers at noon anymore," he said."

I hope I'm like that. I would also like a comparable number of acadamy award nominations.

Posted by Ariel | September 27, 2008 8:48 AM

He and Joanne Woodward were neighbors of Gore Vidal a long, long time ago. He'd published The City and the Pillar, and all the attendant scandal of his homosexuality made befriending him -- especially by such a high profile couple -- potentially detrimental.

The Newmans never flinched. For me, that adds an extra luster to the career and the philanthropy.

And, Jesus God, he was hot.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | September 27, 2008 8:55 AM

“I picture my epitaph: "Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown".”

Posted by Jaxxi Hax | September 27, 2008 8:55 AM

Oh man. So sad.

Posted by ... | September 27, 2008 9:07 AM

My mom had a working agreement with my father that if she could she would leave him for Paul Newman. I'm said for my mom, he would have been a great step-dad.

Great actor, great director, and yes, @12, Jesus was he hot.

Posted by Will in STL | September 27, 2008 9:15 AM

back in the day when things were a quite a bit different, my mom told me that paul newman was the first white man that she would kiss if she could. i wasn't sure what she meant and then she showed took me to see 'cool hand luke'. i just told her the news and she sighed that sigh of a woman whose dream just passed.

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | September 27, 2008 9:36 AM

God, he was beautiful.
And decent and smart and interesting.
Not many of those around.

And...@9 - Amen. Where's the justice in that?

Posted by jean genie | September 27, 2008 9:42 AM

what a guy. well, we all die. 83 is pretty good. so i am not saddened by his death, but i am moved by his life.

Posted by ellarosa | September 27, 2008 9:53 AM

If only Paul Newman and Robert Redford had made Brokeback Mountain in 1969. *sigh*

He was dreamy well into his old age and his love for Joanne Woodward will forever be legendary.

What a good man.

Posted by monkey | September 27, 2008 9:55 AM

Jesus God he was beautiful.

Posted by Phoebe | September 27, 2008 9:57 AM

I just...I just don't even know what to say. We just lost one of the greats, a singularly irreplaceable man.

Posted by Hernandez | September 27, 2008 10:03 AM
Posted by monkey | September 27, 2008 10:14 AM

I've had a crush on Paul Newman since I was a little girl. A true man and someone who used his wealth to make the world a better place. Sad to see him go, I hope that his exit was peaceful.

Posted by Madashell | September 27, 2008 10:20 AM

I've never seen the comments section so respectful. even that alone is an achievement.

Posted by Jenny | September 27, 2008 10:57 AM

I admire how he lived his life. A good man, and hard to argue with those looks. I'm not gay, but he was one good looking guy.

Posted by left coast | September 27, 2008 11:14 AM

Newman was a bonafide legend...this is sad news. I think I'll go watch "Hudsucker Proxy" again to give me a little bit of a smile back.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 27, 2008 11:30 AM

Dead--thanks to that fucking cigarette in his mouth. Nota bene, smoker kids. Half of you will die way the heck before you have to.

Posted by Tim Appelo | September 27, 2008 12:13 PM

Oh, no. That is not good news to wake up to. He really seemed like a great guy. RIP.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 27, 2008 12:23 PM

Yes, Very Sad...we've lost another good liberal!

Posted by Top Blonde | September 27, 2008 12:25 PM

I knew it was coming, but still, I am so crushed. I feel kind of like riz's mom.

Posted by haunted leg | September 27, 2008 12:35 PM

@25 - I AM gay, but I've had a straight crush on Paul Newman pretty much always. The man was 12 kinds of awesome. RIP

Posted by genevieve | September 27, 2008 12:42 PM

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the Sting are, for my money, the best buddy pictures ever made.

Newman was a decent, engaged, non-asshole Hollywood superstar who stayed married to one woman for fifty years and donated the greater portion of the money he made capitalizing on his fame to charitable causes. Not many in that mold.

Plus, I think I speak for many straight men when I say that a movie like Cool Hand Luke can really raise some uncomfortable questions about one's true sexuality. Holy crap, he was good-looking.

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 27, 2008 12:58 PM

@ 27, yeah, he died prematurely didn't he?

I'm against smoking too but stupid comments like that don't help the cause.

Posted by Matt from Denver | September 27, 2008 1:03 PM

Was sad when I heard the news. My first movie memory is going to see the Sting at the Devon theater in Chicago. He will be missed and one can only the goodness he started will continue on!

Posted by Laura | September 27, 2008 1:05 PM

The man who kept re-writing the rules with his ability to act. Hud, Slapshot, The Drowning Pool, all movies you'll watch again in 20 years- and then wonder why you waited so long.

Thank god he never finished that medical degree.

Posted by serial catowner | September 27, 2008 1:20 PM

Classy dude. 26 comments before some miserable POS chimes in? must be some kinda record.

Posted by Postum | September 27, 2008 1:23 PM

It appears he quit smoking 30 years ago and the heightened risk of lung cancer from smoking dissipates after ten years after you quit.

A good incentive to quit now.

IOW you can reclaim a pure state, after the passage of time, unlike virginity.

Posted by PC | September 27, 2008 3:54 PM

We have lost a great man. Rest in peace.

Posted by RainMan | September 27, 2008 6:35 PM

bummer, newman was a great.

when i first saw the picture, i thought norm macdonald was dead. not such a loss, that guy.

Posted by Brice Maryman | September 28, 2008 12:34 AM

This is a YouTube of Paul Newman and James Dean when they screen-tested for "East of Eden" - priceless. Per Jubilation: the Newmans also named Gore Vidal godfather of one of their children.

Three Newman movies you youngsters should check out: his first - "The Silver Chalice" in which he doesn't have much of a role but his beauty is incandescent. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Elizabeth Taylor in the sexually-conflicted role of Brick. And his Oscar-nominated director's début: "Rachel, Rachel" with Joanne Woodward and Estelle Parsons - a poignantly crushing story of young spinsters, a dictatorial mother, latent Lesbianism, funeral home etiquette and a disturbing view of Holy Roller Pentecostalism.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | September 28, 2008 12:59 PM

@ 33, #27'S comment was not stupid at all. Tim's 100% correct. And I'm a smoker with no serious plans to quit anytime in the near future. Stupid? Yeah. But it's my body...

Posted by Chris | September 29, 2008 8:36 AM

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