Oscar winning Actor, Activist, and Philanthripist Paul Newman said to have Cancer

In Films/Film stars, health on June 11, 2008 by Editor Z

Some sad news in the world of Hollywood and film. A longtime friend and business associate revealed to the associated press Wednesday the legendary Academy Award winning actor, political activist, philanthropist, and name on the Nixon enemy list Paul Newman, is battling a form of Cancer.

The friend also says that as recently as 18 months ago, Newman had undergone surgery where a cancer was detected in the region of or around his lungs.

Associated Press:

New Haven, Conn. (AP)- Paul Newman the legendary actor and philanthropist is battling Cancer, his longtime his longtime neighbor and business partner said Wednesday.

Newman, 83, has recently appeared gaunt in photos, and dropped plans to direct a play in his Connecticut hometown. Writer A.E Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start Newman’s Own Salad Dressing Company in the 1980s, said the actor told him about the disease 18 months ago. He did not specify what kind of Cancer, but said that Newman is in active treatment.

“I know that it’s a form of cancer,” Hotchner told the Associated Press. “It’s a form of cancer and he’s dealing with it.”

Newman issued a statement late Tuesday that he’s “doing nicely” but didn’t specifically address questions about cancer. A call was placed to his spokesperson Wednesday seeking comment.

Hotchner tells the press that Newman remains strong in his battle with cancer and that those close to him remain hopeful.

Newman’s career spans back to the 1950s, where he often played the affable cool rebel in his early years in such classics as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Long Hot Summer (1958), The Hustler (1961), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and one of my personal favorites Cool Hand Luke (1967).

He acted in films up until fairly recently including the Disney animated film Cars (2006), Absence of Malice (1981), the Road to Perdition (2002), Where the Money is, and the Martin Scorsasee sequel to the Hustler, The Color of Money (1986), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Newman has also always been a political activist, even speaking out in support of civil rights in the 1960s, and has donated millions to charities with his Newman’s Own line of foods, including his “Hole in the wall Gang” camp for children afflicted with cancer.
Its sad to hear this news about a Hollywood great who seems to be such a a generous soul.


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