Happy Birthday, Paul Newman

“Boy, I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”

Today marks the day of what would have been Paul Newman’s 88th birthday.

Happy Birthday to the insanely handsome, funny, talented actor and humanitarian.  There will certainly never be another one like him.

To me, Paul Newman represents the consumate male Hollywood star: he was charming, undoubtedly masculine, respectful, private when he needed to be, professional, and madly in love with his wife.

And those eyes…

His roles are always multi-faceted — he created enough an outlaw cowboy with an irrisistably romantic side in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a convict with an unwavering moral backbone in Cool Hand Luke.  Paul was an avid racecar driver in his free time and yet still remains one of the most charitable figures of the last century with his forming the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in 1988.

His career and marriage helps keep the hope alive for me that soul mates can form a happy marriage that lasts a lifetime.

Cool Hand Luke

Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Here are some quotations from Paul that represent his steadfast character:

“I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”

“I’m a supporter of gay rights.  And not a closet supporter either.  From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.  There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”

“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what  I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.”

“I could only dance with one person,” he said, “and that was Joanne. I could never dance with anybody else.”

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Here is one of my favorite scenes in all of cinema: the most romantic and sweet moment from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

We miss you, Paul.  Hope you’re driving racecars and dancing up a storm with Joanne in heaven.

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