- early in his acting career, he was often mistaken for (still) slim marlon brando; he claimed to have signed around five hundred autographs reading, “best wishes, marlon brando.”
- he was so ashamed of his debut in the silver chalice (1954) that he took out an ad in variety apologizing for his performance; the film is sometimes referred to as paul newman and the holy grail; he once screened it for guests at his home, handing out pots, wooden spoons, and whistles and encouraging the audience to offer noisy critiques
- placed #19 on richard nixon’s enemies list, which he claimed was his greatest accomplishment
- a vocal supporter of gay rights; in the 70s he wanted to make and star in the film version of the best-selling novel the front runner, about the love affair between a coach and a star runner, but couldn’t get the financing
- longtime supporter of gun control and a member of handgun control inc.
- newman’s own, a line of food products he co-founded in 1982 as a charity franchise, as of 2010 has donated over $300 million
- while the official version says he died of lung cancer, aged 83, the truth is at one point he got bored of our earthly plebeian ways and simply returned to olympus, like the actual greek god he is
bolded the most factual part.