BREAKING: Actor Paul Newman dies at 83

Shocking news this morning. After a long battle with cancer, actor Paul Newman has died at 83:

Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.

He died Friday, according to spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic.

Newman attained stardom in the 1950s and never lost the movie-star aura, appearing in such classic films as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Exodus,” “The Hustler,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Sting” and “The Verdict.”

He finally won an Oscar in 1986 — on his eighth try — for “The Color of Money,” a sequel to “The Hustler.” He later received two more Oscar nominations. Among his other awards was the Motion Picture Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humor, and humanness,” said Robert Forrester, vice chairman of the actor’s Newman’s Own Foundation. “His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall Camps, for which he cared so much.”

I know this isn’t a huge shocker, considering he’s been fighting cancer. Still, I was blown away when I saw the news. I will always love the movie Slap Shot. Can’t help it, I’m a hockey chick. In any case, this is a great loss for Hollywood. One of the greatest actors of all time is gone. It’s a sad day.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary!

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