Farewell Blue Eyes, Rest in Peace

Well, I’m glad I haven’t had to write up a memorial post for awhile, but I’m sorry about the one I’m writing one up for today. Today, actor, philanthropist and all around great guy Paul Newman died at age 83. I’ll admit that the only films I’ve seen with Paul Newman were The Hustler and The Color of Money (though I just put a bunch of his big films on my Netflix queue). I have known him mostly for all the great charity works he’s done and his commitment for bringing good into the world. And, of course, I love his Caesar salad dressing….so very good. And I will continue to purchase and love his Newman’s Own products that still adorn the grocery store shelves (and still donate profits after taxes to progressive causes).

The best obit I came across today was from the Huffington Post and there’s an excellent slide show on Vanity Fair’s website.

I will leave with some clips that honor Mr. Newman:

from the Newman’s Own website:

Paul occasionally referred to Newman’s Own as the “joke that got out of control” and would express astonishment at its success. Despite this humorous approach, Paul was committed to the company’s business and to providing top-notch quality – he brought all-natural food products to a wide audience long before it was fashionable. And he was one of the greatest recyclers, giving back to charity all the money he earned from the sale of Newman’s Own products.
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Newman’s Own has grown into a powerful and lasting expression of Paul Newman’s generosity. The Company has generated over $250 million in proceeds that have been donated by Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation to thousands of charities worldwide.

On his interest in philanthropy:

Paul being interviewed on Inside the Actor’s Studio:

Meryl Streep speaks about Paul Newman:

A short clip from The Hustler:

and from The Color of Money

and Cool Hand Luke

and finally Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid: