Hollywood legend Paul Newman has died of cancer at the age of 83, his spokeswoman has confirmed.
The blue-eyed star of films like Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid had died at home on Friday surrounded by family and close friends, said Jeff Sanderson.
Newman was nominated for an Oscar 10 times, winning the best actor trophy in 1987 for The Color Of Money.
His Butch Cassidy co-star Robert Redford led tributes, saying: “I have lost a real friend.”
“There is a point where feelings go beyond words,” he added.
“My life – and this country – is better for his being in it.”
In May 2007, Newman said he was giving up acting because he could no longer perform to the best of his ability.
The Silver Chalice, 1955
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958
The Hustler, 1961
Cool Hand Luke, 1967 (pictured)
Rachel Rachel (director), 1968
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969
The Sting, 1973
The Towering Inferno, 1974
Absence of Malice, 1981
The Verdict, 1982
The Color of Money, 1986
Nobody’s Fool, 1994
Road to Perdition, 2002
Cars (voice), 2006
“I’m not able to work any more… at the level that I would want to,” he told US broadcaster ABC.
“You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention.
“So I think that’s pretty much a closed book for me.”
Earlier this year, he pulled out of directing a stage production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in Connecticut because of unspecified health problems.
Sam Mendes, who directed Newman in 2002’s Road To Perdition, said the actor was “an extraordinary man in every respect”.
“The thing I remember the most about him is his total lack of ego and his lack of entourage and his lack of hangers-on.
“He demanded to be seen as a working actor and not a movie star.”
Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, who interviewed Newman for a documentary, said the star had been “a real giant of the cinema”.
“He was the link between the great time of Hollywood, the Cary Grant and people like that, and Tom Cruise,” he told BBC News.
“He fills the gap between the two, and fills it in a most extraordinary, dominant manner.”
Although his handsome looks and piercing blue eyes made him an ideal romantic lead, Newman often played rebels, tough guys and losers.
“I was always a character actor,” he once said. “I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”
The star won a total of three Oscars
He appeared in some 60 movies, including Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Sting and Hud.
Along the way, he worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood – including Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Tom Hanks.
He also appeared with his wife, Joanne Woodward, in several films including Long Hot Summer and Paris Blues. The star later directed his wife in movies such as Rachel, Rachel and The Glass Menagerie.
But his most famous screen partner was undoubtedly Robert Redford, his sidekick in both Butch Cassidy and The Sting.
His acting skills will be missed, his films will be watched endlessly
Maggie Jones, Cheltenham, UK
In addition to his Academy Award for best actor, he was given an honorary Oscar in 1986 “in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft”.
In 1994, he won a third Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his charitable work.
His philanthropic efforts included the establishment of summer camps for children who suffered from life-threatening illnesses.
He also donated profits from his Newman’s Own food range to a number of charitable organisations.
Newman became a professional racing driver and took second place at Le Mans in 1979
Newman’s last film role was as the voice of Doc Hudson, one of the most famous racing cars in history, in the Pixar animation Cars.
It was perhaps a fitting epitaph for the actor, who had a lifelong fascination with the sport – and put his film career on hold in the 1970s to become a professional racing driver.
He is survived by his wife, five children, two grandsons and his older brother Arthur.
Reposted from BBC News