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Paul Newman died Friday in his home after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 83. Newman had a long career as an actor and he even became a race-car driver. It was his role in the 1969 movie, “Winning” that led him to the sport of competitive racing. He was still racing at the age of 80.

Aside from his many movies, which include, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “The Verdict,” Paul Newman was also know for his line of foods, Newman’s Own.

According to CNN.com:

…He stumped for liberal causes, including Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential candidacy, and earned a spot on Richard Nixon’s enemies list—”the highest single honor I’ve ever received,” he said.

In 1982, Newman and his friend A.E. Hotchner founded Newman’s Own, a food company that produced food ranging from pasta sauces to salad dressing to chocolate chip cookies.

“The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films,” Newman once wryly noted.

To date, the company—which donates all profits to charities such as Newman’s Hole in the Wall camps—has given away more than $200 million. Newman established the camp to benefit gravely ill children.

“He saw the camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back and raise a little hell,” Forrester said.

Today, there are 11 Hole in the Wall camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Some 135,000 children have attended the camps—free of charge…

One of my favorite Paul Newman films is “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Ok, I admit that I’m a fan of that movie more because of Elizabeth Taylor, but still, it is one of my favorites starring him. However, in my opinion, one of his best performances was as the washed up alcoholic lawyer in “The Verdict.”

Source: cnn.com