Paul Newman, actor and dedicated philanthropist, died yesterday at the age of 83 after a long bout with cancer. The Method trained actor learned his craft at Yale and the Actors Studio and went on to become one of Hollywood's most enduring screen icons, starring in over 65 films such as Cool Hand Luke, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. However, it wasn't until he recreated his storied performance as "Fast" Eddie Felson in 1986's The Color Of Money that he collected his first Academy Award; he collected nine nominations across his career and also was awarded with the Jean Hershholt Humanitarian Award at the 1994 Oscars (as pictured). And just two years ago, he won an Emmy for his work on Empire Falls.Newman will likely be remembered as much for his philanthropic contributions as he will for his storied acting career. As a result of the success of his Newman's Own brand of salad dressings, popcorn and pasta sauces, he donated more than $250 million to various charities —including the Scott Newman Center, devoted to anti-drug education— over the course of the last twenty-plus years. We leave you with what is one of our favorite on-screen moments of Newman's acting career, the legendary "No man can eat 50 eggs" scene from Cool Hand Luke.
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