i was expecting it. i bet the obits have been ready for ages.
He always seemed to me to be an example of a life lived well.
That combination of classical beauty and the look of a man who could kill you without breaking a sweat. And those eyes, not a color but seated points of energy to make you worry or flush with relief by their expression.
He never seemed quite real, but so genuine.
This is what it means to get old: watching the balance of life and death tip heavier as you go down the other side of the hill.
i realize it's not that they're dying too fast but i am living too slow.
My favorite actor. Period. If I was forced to choose a body of work - you can only watch this collection of movies for the rest of your life - I'd choose Paul Newman movies. No question. He had a long life, and a good one. I'm afraid Gene Hackman, another fine actor, is next, because they both became uninsurable about the same time. I hope he went peacefully. And yes, he was beutiful, very very beautiful, too.
Not going to touch the MeFi Obit thread (I'm done with those) and I'm too late for this one to be seen, most likely, but this needs to go somewhere:
Newman was a graduate of Kenyon College, one of a number of institutions who have recently started participating in an event known as "Newman Day" (it was, depending on who you ask, started at Bates or Princeton.) This stems from a quote that was erroneously attributed to Newman along these lines: "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." The gist of the day, then was to drink 24 beers over the course of 24 hours.
Long story short, Newman doesn't dig this. He sent a letter (through the College) to every single student asking that if they do this, it not be in his name. I'm paraphrasing, but it closed along these lines: "I lost a son to this kind of thing, and I'd hate for anyone else to experience that. 24 beers in 24 hours? How about 24 hours of community service followed by a single cold beer. I promise it will be the best you've ever had."