2022-08-26

Paul Newman
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  • Faith: Judaism
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  January 26, 1925
  • Date of Death:  September 26, 2008
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Newman identified himself as half-Jewish, half-Protestant.

Paul Leonard Newman was an actor, philanthropist, race car driver, and director. He received numerous awards during his acting career, including three Golden Globe Awards and a Cannes Film Festival Award. Newman grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he showed interest in theater at the age of 10. In 1949, Newman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and economics from Kenyon College. His first Broadway role came in William Inge's "Picnic." He also starred in more minor roles in films before receiving widespread acclaim and attention for his performance in "Somebody Up There Likes Me" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Newman's other film credits include "The Hustler," "Hud," "The Towering Inferno," and "The Sting." Newman also voiced Doc Hudson in the first "Cars" movie as his last non-documentary role. Newman was nominated for an Oscar ten times and finally won in 1986.

Newman won numerous national championships as a driver in the Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several titles in open-wheel IndyCar racing. He was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity.

Was Paul Newman religious?

In an interview, Newman identified himself as half Jewish, half Protestant. Newman said, "The only thing my mother ever liked about me being a movie star is how much it impressed the Jewish half of my family. She was always intimidated by them. I'm half Protestant, half Jewish. But I've always thought of myself as a Jew because it is harder."


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