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19 Fabulous Secrets About Paul Newman

1. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards.

2. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing.

3. Newman was married to actress Joanne Woodward from 1958 until his death.

4. Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, an affluent suburb of Cleveland.

5. He was the second son of Theresa , who ran a profitable sporting goods store.

6. Newman showed an early interest in the theater; his first role was at the age of seven, playing the court jester in a school production of Robin Hood.

7. Newman served in the United States Navy in World War II in the Pacific theater. Boot camp followed, with training as a radioman and rear gunner.

8. Qualifying in torpedo bombers in 1944, Aviation Radioman Third Class Newman was sent to Barbers Point, Hawaii.

9. He was subsequently assigned to Pacific-based replacement torpedo squadrons VT-98, VT-99, and VT-100, responsible primarily for training replacement combat pilots and air crewmen, with special emphasis on carrier landings.

10. He later flew as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber.

11. As a radioman-gunner, he was ordered aboard the USSĀ Bunker Hill with a draft of replacements shortly before the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945.

12. Days later the rest of their unit on the USS Bunker Hill were among those killed when the ship was the target of a kamikaze attack.

13. After the war, Newman completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and economics at Kenyon College in 1949. and the Woodstock Players in Illinois.

14. He toured with them for three months and developed his talents as a part of Woodstock Players.

15. Oscar Levant wrote that Newman initially was hesitant to leave New York for Hollywood: “Too close to the cake”, he reported Newman saying, “Also, no place to study.”

16. Newman arrived in New York City in 1951 with his first wife Jackie Witte, taking up residence in the St. George section of Staten Island.

17. In 1959, he was in the original Broadway production of Sweet Bird of Youth with Geraldine Page and three years later starred with Page in the film version.

18. His first credited role was in a 1952 episode of Tales of Tomorrow entitled “Ice from Space”.

19. In February 1954, Newman appeared in a screen test with James Dean, directed by Gjon Mili, for East of Eden .

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