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The Left Handed Gun
Paul Newman, 26 Jan 1925 - 26 Sept 2008
Photolithographic poster with halftone
Sheet: 106.8 x 76.4 cm (42 1/16 x 30 1/16")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Chisholm Larsson Gallery, New York City
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Born Shaker Heights, Ohio
Paul Newman is one of the most iconic figures in American film and popular culture. His career was long, successful, and well-honored; he wore his fame lightly, with a grace that only complemented his charisma. His brooding good looks made him a natural for roles in productions like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. His career never really had any down periods, as he appeared in a string of consistently excellent films. Newman finally won a Best Actor Oscar in 1986 for reprising his 1961 role as Fast Eddie Felsen in The Color of Money. The award was regarded as overdue recognition for an actor so consistently excellent that he had been taken for granted. Newman also was a successful race-car driver, operated a gourmet food brand for charity, and had a legendarily long marriage to fellow actor Joanne Woodward.