Paul Newman began his career as an actor but throughout his life he participated in a variety of activities. Newman performed in dozens of movies, eventually winning an Oscar for his role in The Color of Money. After excelling as an actor and director, Newman began a race-car driving company. His love for racing did not impede his entrepreneurial spirit, as he founded the food company Newman's Own in 1982. Paul Newman died of lung cancer on September 26, 2008, leaving behind a legacy not just on film, but in the racing and food worlds as well.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Navy 1
Petty Officer Third Class 2
26 Jan 1925 1
Shaker Heights, Ohio 1
26 Sep 2008 1
Westport, Connecticut 1

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Personal Details

Full Name:
Paul Leonard Newman 3
Also known as:
King Cool 3
26 Jan 1925 3
Shaker Heights, Ohio 3
Male 3
26 Sep 2008 3
Westport, Connecticut 3
Mother: Theresa Newman 3
Father: Arthur Newman 3
Joanne Woodward 3
1958 3
To: 26 Sep 2008 3
Jackie Witte 3
1949 3
To: 1958 3

World War II 1

Navy 1
Petty Officer Third Class 2
US Navy Air Corps:
Began 1943 3
US Navy Air Corps:
Ended 1946 3
Actor, Director, Producer, and Philanthropist 3
Claire Olivia: Born 1965 3
Elinor Teresa: Born 1959 3
Melissa Stewart: Born 1961 3
Scott: Born 1950 3
Stephanie: 31 Dec 1969 3
Susan Kendall: Born 1953 3
Announces retirement from acting:
2007 4
Becomes a professional race driver:
1972 4
Comes second in the Le Mans 24-hour race.:
1979 4
Establishes Newman/Haas Racing team:
1983 4
First movie role in Silver Chalice:
1954 4
Makes acting debut in school play of Robin Hood:
1932 4
Stars in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid:
1969 4
Stars in Emmy-nominated series Empire Falls:
2005 4
Stars w/ Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:
1958 4
Wins honorary Oscar:
1986 4
Wins Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
1994 4
Wins Oscar for The Color of Money:
1987 4

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Military Service

Paul Newman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater. Initially, he enrolled in the Navy V-12 pilot training program at Yale University, but was dropped when his colorblindness was discovered. Boot camp followed, with training as a radioman and rear gunner. Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Barber's Point, Hawaii. He was subsequently assigned to Pacific-based replacement squadrons VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100, responsible primarily for training replacement combat pilots and air crewman, with special emphasis on carrier landings.

Newman later flew as a turret gunner in a Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. As a radioman-gunner, he was ordered aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) with a draft of replacements shortly before the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. An ear infection grounded his pilot, leaving the pair as the detail's sole survivors when the rest of their unit was wiped out in action during the campaign.

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