When I told my mother Paul Newman passed away today, she was so upset that she had to get off the phone. When I read the comments here on Dlisted and other websites, people only had amazing things to say about him. Not just nice things, amazing things. Family, friends and co-stars of Paul also expressed their sadness with the world over his death. Robert Redford’s statement made me a little teary.
“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist…Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.’ He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon. During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.” – Paul’s three daughters with Joanne Woodward: Elinor, Melissa and Claire
“There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life—and this country—is better for his being in it.” — Robert Redford
“It is a real loss not just for me, but all the people in the world who knew him and that he connected with. Paul touched so many lives and mine especially — we were friends for over 50 years.” – A.E. Hotchner, Paul’s longtime friend and business partner
“I was blessed to have known him. The world is better because of him. Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them.” – Sally Field
“Paul was a very fine actor and a really good race driver. But mostly, he personified humanity — always taking care of those who were less fortunate. For me, this will be his legacy.” – David Letterman
“He was my hero.” – Julia Roberts
“He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us.” – George Clooney
Here’s just a few pictures of Paul throughout the years. A class act, a really hot man and a legend in every way!