Saturday, September 27, 2008

Icon Paul Newman Dead at Age 83

Screen legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83 after losing his battle against cancer.

A spokesman for the actor, Marni Tomljanovic, said Newman died on Friday.

Newman initially tried to play down concerns about his health after reports that he was undergoing cancer treatment in New York.

But AE Hotchner, who helped create the successful Newman's Own food company in 1982, confirmed in June that the actor had been ill for 18 months. "It's a form of cancer, and he's dealing with it. Paul is a fighter," Hotchner told the Associated Press.

All proceeds from Newman's Own salad dressings and snacks go to charity, and the actor has become a leading advocate for corporate philanthropy. Fox news reported this week that Newman gave away $120m during 2005 and 2006.

Newman is best known for his leading roles in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which he played opposite longtime friend Robert Redford.