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Movie legend Paul Newman dies, 83

 

Hollywood movie legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83, his spokeswoman has confirmed.

 

Marni Tomljanovic said the blue-eyed star of films like Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid died on Friday of cancer. She gave no further details.

 

Newman was nominated for an Oscar 10 times, winning a best actor trophy in 1987 for The Color Of Money.

 

In May 2007, he said he was giving up acting because he could no longer perform to the best of his ability.

 

"I'm not able to work any more... at the level that I would want to," he told US broadcaster ABC.

"I was always a character actor - I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood

Paul Newman

 

"You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention.

 

"So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."

 

Earlier this year, he pulled out of directing a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in Connecticut because of unspecified health problems.

 

At the time, he denied reports that he was suffering from cancer, and issued a statement that said he was "doing nicely".

 

Hit films

 

The star won a total of three Oscars

 

Although his handsome looks and piercing blue eyes made him an ideal romantic lead, Newman often played rebels, tough guys and losers.

 

"I was always a character actor," he once said. "I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood."

 

He appeared in some 60 movies, including Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Sting and Hud.

 

In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood - including Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Tom Hanks.

 

He also appeared with his wife, Joanne Woodward, in several films including Long Hot Summer and Paris Blues. In addition, he directed her in movies such as Rachel, Rachel and The Glass Menagerie.

 

But his most famous screen partner was undoubtedly Robert Redford, his sidekick in both Butch Cassidy and The Sting.

 

In addition to his Academy Award for best actor, he was given an honorary Oscar in 1986 "in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft."

 

In 1994, he won a third Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his charitable work.

 

Newman's last film role was as the voice of Doc Hudson, one of the most famous racing cars in history, in the Pixar animation Cars.

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7639614.stm

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