Paul Newman dominated the big screen and was venerated as much by fellow actors as by the cinema-going public.
Born in 1925, he made his stage debut on Broadway in 1953. He earned world-wide fame as Butch Cassidy, then reinforced that with The Sting, again with long-time buddy Robert Redford.
He appeared in some 60 movies, earning nine Oscar nominations, and winning one, as Best Actor for The Colour of Money in 1986, where he starred alongside Tom Cruise.
Newman’s seemingly-charmed life was hit by a personal tragedy, when his son, Scott, died of a drugs overdose. Newman became deeply-involved in charity and philanthropy, his “Hole in the Wall” camps offering summer breaks for children around the world suffering from terminal illnesses.
For years, it seemed the acting was simply a day-job to pay for his real love, motor-racing.
He founded his own team, Newman-Haas, competing as both driver and owner around the world, including at Le Mans. Friends said his craft was acting, but his passion was racing.
Paul Newman leaves behind his wife of 50 years, the actress Joanne Woodward, and five daughters.