Paul Newman announced he is retiring from acting at age 82.
“I’m not able to work anymore at the level that I would want to,” the actor said in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America. “You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention.”
Newman has been nominated countless times for acting awards and won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1987 for The Color of Money.
There are so many films to recommend. Here are a few that you should rush to your video store and rent: Cool Hand Luke, Slap Shot, The Sting, The Towering Inferno, Hud, Hombre, The Hustler, The Young Philadelphians, and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.
Paul Newman on acting:
“Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.”
Paul Newman on marriage:
“I’ve repeatedly said that for people who have as little in common as Joanne and myself, we have an uncommonly good marriage. We are actors. We make pictures and that’s about all we have in common. Maybe that’s enough. Wives shouldn’t feel obligated to accompany their husbands to a ball game, husbands do look a bit silly attending morning coffee breaks with the neighborhood wives when most men are out at work. Husbands and wives should have separate interests, cultivate different sets of friends and not impose on the other. You can’t spend a lifetime breathing down each other’s necks.”
Paul Newman, the face that launched a thousand hearts: