• Sep 27, 2008
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Actor, racer, philanthropist and all-around great human being Paul Newman has died. Newman was 83 years old and is believed to have been diagnosed with cancer in 2007. His acting career spanned more than half a century and included roles such as "Fast" Eddie Felson, Cool Hand Luke, and Louisiana Gov Earl Long among many, many others. His Newman's Own food line has raised more than $200 million for charity. His partnership with Carl Haas owning race teams in Can-Am and Indy Cars lasted over 25 years and Newman himself won countless races in various national and international classes. Last month, Newman, a longtime Connecticut resident, went out to Lime Rock Park to take some final laps in his Corvette. We'll miss you Paul! Thanks to Nick and George for the tips!

Update: Dahlia Lithwick wrote a fabulous obituary over on Slate.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "The highly anticipated (at least by us) Cars 2 will reportedly feature both carry-over and all-new characters, but we're assuming Lightning McQueen and Mater will be central to the plot. Hopefully Paul Newman will be well enough to come back for a second helping of Hudson Hornet." - Autoblog on a blog this past week. Talk about a jinx. JK
      May god rest his soul, and give his family and friends to cope with their loss.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I loved watching Paul in Slapshot. He played a great Hockey coach/player. What a loss! RIP.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You've touched the hearts of millions of people Mr Newman,hopefully someone will read about how wonderful a person you were and will be inspired to be like you.Thanks for being here and trying to make the world a better place.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Phi, brother. Would've loved to meet you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Likewise. A great man, a great actor, and someone who I would consider a personal hero of mine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A mother, father and 8 year old girl stopped by our house the year before last. Why? The little girl wanted to have her picture taken next to our family's Doc Hudson!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The gearhead community loses one of it's best. My condolences to his family.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The HUMAN community lost one of its best
      • 6 Years Ago
      God Speed Paul. We'll see you at that race track in the sky.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A mother, father and 8 year old girl stopped by our house the year before last. Why? The little girl wanted to have her picture taken next to our family's Doc Hudson!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, There goes any chance of Doc Hudson Speaking in Cars 2...
      • 6 Years Ago
      He was a great actor and an even better humanitarian. I was so glad to see that he got to take his Corvette one last time around Lime Rock. He loved racing and it was so nice to see he got to do the thing he loved so much, one last time. Looking back on it I guess it was a victory lap for an incredible life.

      R.I.P. Cool Hand Luke
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eating spaghetti just won't be the same anymore. =(
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