Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, race car driver, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. Newman established himself as one of Hollywood’s best leading men with appearances in films like “Cool Hand Luke,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Verdict.”
Newman was nominated for an Oscar 10 times before winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in the mid-80s for “The Color of Money.” Newman was also a well-established stage performer who appeared in a number of Broadway productions. He became known as a good racecar driver after he won multiple championships in different races.
Net Worth of Paul Newman
Paul Newman is one of the wealthiest and most popular actors in Hollywood. According to our research, Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider, Paul Newman has an estimated net worth of $80 million.
In his later years, Newman launched Newman’s Own, an organic food firm. All proceeds after taxes are donated to charity, and as of 2019, the corporation has given over $550 million to various organizations. The firm initially sold spaghetti sauces, lemonade, and salsa before expanding into other categories.
Childhood and Education
Paul Newman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1925. His childhood was spent in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his parents and older brother. Although he participated in the school drama group, acting was not his passion. He cherished football and aspired to play professionally.
Newman obtained an athletic scholarship at Kenyon College, where he participated in football. Unfortunately, he got into difficulty and went to jail, leading to his dismissal from the team. Then, he decided to specialize in theatre since he desired classes that would not require extensive preparation. In Wisconsin, he graduated and met his wife while working in the theatre.
The first wife of Newman was Jackie Witte. Following their 1949 marriage, the couple had three children before parting in 1958. Paul divorced Jackie to marry Joanne Woodward, whom he had met during the production of a Broadway play five years earlier. Paul and Joanne were married in 1958 and had three children, whom they raised in Westport, Connecticut. Newman and Woodward stayed married until 2008 when Paul passed away.
Paul Newman passed away on September 26, 2008. He had been battling lung cancer for nearly a year, but this knowledge was not made public until Newman was on his deathbed. Paul’s lung cancer has been linked to his smoking habit, despite the fact that he quit in 1986.
In his later years, Newman launched several nonprofit and charitable organizations, including Newman’s Own, the Safe Water Network, and the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Newman’s Own would eventually raise hundreds of millions of dollars for charitable causes.
Awards and Achievements
Numerous prizes were bestowed upon him, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Silver Bear, a Cannes Film Festival Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He was also nominated for an Oscar 10 times before winning the Academy Award for Best Actor.