Paul Newman Biography
Actor Paul Newman is known for his life on and off screen. He is also known for raising millions of dollars for charitable organizations.
Paul Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, he was in drama and developed a love for acting after being in the high school productions. He graduated high school in 1943 after which he enlisted in the United States Navy to pursue a career in aviation. Before his career in the Navy started, he went to college at Ohio University. This was short lived as he was expelled for misconduct. Because he was color-blind, his naval application was denied. He spent World War II as a radio operator while stationed in the South Pacific. In 1946, he was discharged from the service and enrolled at Kenyon College in Ohio where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English. While he excelled in sports, Paul Newman was thrown off the football team for misconduct. He then turned to the college’s drama program and began acting in a number of student productions.
In 1949, Mr. Newman married Jackie Witte. They had a son together and two years later Mr. Newman joined the Woodstock Players Company of Chicago where he acted in their summer stock productions. Their marriage didn’t last but not until they had another child – a daughter.
For about a year, he attended Yale University's graduate drama program after which he and his family moved to New York City. After appearing briefly on television, he turned to stage where he appeared in "Picnic" on Broadway.
Starting in 1956, Mr. Newman’s acting career took off and during the 1960’s, he became the top box-office draw. In 1958 while on Broadway, he met his current wife, Joanne Woodward. They have become America’s favorite couple. They had four children together – all daughters.
Mr. New man has made over 60 films. You can’t say that just one of Mr. Newman’s films was his most memorable because of his superb acting. It seems that all of his film roles are memorable. When he was younger, Mr. Newman was the heartthrob of American women because of his strong character and baby blue eyes. He directed his first film in 1968 and has directed several films since.
Mr. Newman has helped several social causes, which include the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang Camp (a summer camp for terminally ill children and their families) and The Scott Newman Foundation, which was named as a tribute to his only son, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 1978.
In 1987, the Paul Newman launched "Newman’s Own" a line of specialty food products. The proceeds have earned over eighty million dollars for charities and welfare causes every year.
Mr. Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward reside in Westport, Connecticut. They spend most of their time working with various charities.