By: JC Rodriguez
Paul Newman is a name synonymous with style. An Academy Award winning actor, race car driver and owner, entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist, who headlined iconic movies like The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. A man with a confident demeanor and a purely cool vibe, Paul Newman was a study of a man's man. A man of style and substance, Paul Newman was regarded one of the most recognizable faces of the 20th century and one of the most giving celebrities of all time.
Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Newman arrived in New York City in 1951, making his Broadway theatre debut in the original production of William Inge's Picnic. From there he went on to pursue a career a successful career on the big screen. He won numerous awards including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money.
During the training for the 1969 film Winning, Newman became a racing enthusiast saying about motorsports, "the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in." He found success in racing after being a competitor in the Sports Car Club of America and eventually winning four national championships. He drove in the 1979 24 hour race of Le Mans in his Porsche 935 and finished in second place. He later became the oldest driver to date to be part of a winning team in a major sanctioned race after winning his class at the 1995 24 hour Daytona.
A lifelong Democrat, Newman was a political activist that opposed the Vietnam War. He was number nineteen in Richard Nixon's enemy list. In 1995 he was the chief investor in The Nation, a progressive left wing periodical.
Above all else and where he has left the biggest impact and legacy is in philanthropy. As a philanthropist, Newman founded Newman's Own, a line of food products in 1982. He established a policy that all proceeds, after taxes, would be donated to charity. As of 2014, the franchise had donated over $400 million. Donating to causes ranging from education to wild life and habitat preservation. He left behind a legacy that will live on and continue to impact countless lives.
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