Film legend gets stamp stardom
OHIO – Legendary film star Paul Newman was honoured on Friday at a ceremony in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio that showcased a commemorative stamp released in his likeness.
The stamp features a photograph of Newman taken in 1980 by photographer Steve Schapiro with text reading “Actor/Philanthropist.” “I’m sure that he feels honoured to be on the stamp because it says actor and philanthropist and if that inspires one person to go out and be involved in their community and that was his job, that’s what he wanted to do, is he wanted to inspire others to do special things,” said Clea Newman Soderlund, Newman’s daughter, at the dedication ceremony.
Newman appeared in some 60 movies, including “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Hustler,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Sting.”
He earned nine Oscar nominations for acting and won the best actor honour for 1986’s.
“The Colour of Money.” Newman also had successful side careers as an auto racing driver and creator of a line of food products, Newman’s Own, that bore his name and face on their labels. Newman was born in a Cleveland suburb on Jan 26, 1925, and was a Navy radio man in the Pacific during World War Two.
Afterward, he went to Kenyon College in Ohio on a football scholarship but took up acting after being cut from the team because of a bar room brawl. The actor died in 2008 at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. –Reuters