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Topic: A (movie) hustler has gone
Message: Posted by: AMcD (Sep 27, 2008 09:45AM)
Remember The Sting and Cool Hand Luke? Well, just think of him:


Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 27, 2008 09:49AM)
Yes, RIP.

(Hey, he was 83, and this was your 83 post. Cool.)
Message: Posted by: Hansen (Sep 27, 2008 08:58PM)
A great actor, and a truly great man.
Very sad news.
Message: Posted by: NJJ (Sep 28, 2008 06:05PM)
Don't forget The Hustler and The Colour of Money!
Message: Posted by: kcg5 (Sep 28, 2008 10:21PM)
Butch cassidy, one of the greatest films ever.
Message: Posted by: Bret Maverick (Sep 29, 2008 09:25AM)
Paul Newman was truly recognized as a hero in this area of the country and, no matter what one's political outlook, he was one movie star who put his money where his mouth was:

[Quote ] Paul Newman: More than a movie star to the capital region
By JILL WING , The Saratogian


While legions of fans around the world will remember Paul Newman for the cool characters he portrayed in several Oscar-winning movies, thousands who Newman touched never knew him as a movie star.

Many never knew him at all, but his generosity has left a legacy that will impact their lives forever, at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, just over the Saratoga County line in Warren County.

Newman died of cancer at 83 in his Westport, Conn., farmhouse.

Saratoga Springs resident Ed Lewi, president of Ed Lewi Associates in Clifton Park, met Newman in 1993, when the iconic star signed on with the late Charles R. Wood to establish Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. Newman had started his own ranch in Connecticut, following the death of his son. The upstate New York facility became the second in a growing encampment of Double H Hole in the Wall Ranches around the world.

Lewi and his wife Maureen have been the ranch's media representatives since its founding. Over the years, the couple got to know Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, not as movie stars, but as philanthropists, supporting many charities through the Newman Foundation. Double H Hole in the Wall Ranches are among the foundation's biggest beneficiaries.

When Wood, who was the ranch's biggest financial donor died in 2004, Lewi said Newman called him to assure him of the future of Double H. Newman offered what Lewi calls a "bridge loan." This "bridge to nowhere" funding from Newman came with no strings attached and no repayment schedule.

"From that point on, I would see Paul at least once a year, sometimes more," Lewi said.

And those times were memorable.

"Back, before we got the camp going, Charlie and I went over to one of Paul's fundraising events in Connecticut. He must have had 30 movie stars there," Lewi said.

"I was sitting next to (movie critic ) Gene Shalit. One of the auction items was to go and review a movie with him, and it wasn't selling. Then, a voice from the back of the room said, 'Mr. Auctioneer, can I say a few words?' It was Paul, who auctioned off the item when he threw in free popcorn. The item went sky high because Paul was pitching it."

Among Newman's many mega movie credits was the demure 1995 film, "Nobody's Fool," based on the small-town setting of Ballston Spa and written by Gloversville native and author Richard Russo.

Newman also starred in the TV movie "Empire Falls," based on another Russo novel.

Newman was last in the Capital District two years ago to attend a benefit at The Lodge in Saratoga Springs. "Every time he'd come, Maureen was his dinner date," Lewi said. "He liked her because she didn't get all googly-eyed, like a lot of women did, and the two of them would gossip. Max (Yurenda), who runs the ranch said, 'You know Ed, he likes your wife.' " Newman visited Double H every year, flying into the Warren County Airport. "The first thing he wanted to see was the books, how we were doing financially," Lewi said.

"He was a fantastic human being; he never wanted to be out in front. I'm in the public relations business, and he didn't like to do press conferences. He wasn't anti press, but he never wanted to use the kids in any way, he hated those telethons where the kids were paraded, and he let us know he didn't like it."

Lewi learned about a year ago that Newman had cancer. But the star quietly went about his business, never acknowledging the severity of his condition.
"He was such a thoughtful person. He was more interested in the kids getting well than his own health," Lewi said.

In May, Newman dropped plans to direct a fall production of "Of Mice and Men" at Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse, citing unspecified health issues, according to The Associated Press. The following month, a friend disclosed that he was being treated for cancer and Martha Stewart, also a friend, posted photos on her Web site of Newman looking gaunt at a charity luncheon.

But true to his fiercely private nature, Newman remained cagey about his condition, reacting to reports that he had lung cancer with a statement saying only that he was "doing nicely," the AP reported.

Max Yurenda, CEO and executive director of Double H Ranch, remembers the day he was hired, Jan. 4, 1993. The camp opened July 4 the same year.

Yurenda remembers Newman as "one of the most humble people - certainly when he came to our camp, it was always about the children. He didn't like the formality or board meetings. He wanted to see these kids thriving in this environment.

"He firmly believed we are all obligated to reach out and help another in need," Yurenda said. "He set a benchmark for others to follow; the camps he created will certainly be part of his legacy and will continue in perpetuity." [/Quote]
Message: Posted by: cheesewrestler (Oct 4, 2008 02:57AM)
A really great movie lots of people have never heard of: Pocket Change.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 4, 2008 04:22AM)
The first movie I saw him in was The Left Handed Gun in 1958 and I have been a fan ever since I was kid. Feel like I have lost an old pal. He was one of good guys and I will miss him. The Hustler was great....very real.