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The actor Paul Newmanwho has died aged 83, became so famous for his dazzling looks, and the bluest eyes in the business, that it is impossible to think of him as other than a celebrity. Yet his many faceted, contradictory character renders the star image superficial. He was also a notable producer-director, a racing car enthusiast, a political activist and a philanthropist, counted as the person who had distributed more money - in relation to his own wealth - than any other American during the 20th century.
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Paul Newman — Superstar, screen figure, sex-symbol and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history…. He reprised the character in The Color of Money in and won an Oscar — after being given an honorary one the previous year for his contributions to film. How was it possible for this highly-regarded actor to go for so long without a gong?
In one way or another, shooting pool has always been a leisure activity. And whether you know it as billiards or snooker, carom or pocket, the basic principles of concentration and strategy apply. But in this country, the reputation of pool halls as shadowy dens of vice and corruption is a relatively recent development.
It was viewed as little more than something men did to amuse themselves while drinking. But The Hustler changed that. With handsome Paul Newman and elegant Jackie Gleason knocking the balls around, suddenly the game was respectable.
It tells the story of small-time pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson and his desire to break into the "major league" of professional hustling and high-stakes wagering by high-rollers that follows it. He throws his raw talent and ambition up against the best player in the country, seeking to best the legendary pool player " Minnesota Fats ". After initially losing to Fats and getting involved with unscrupulous manager Bert Gordon, Eddie returns to try again, but only after paying a terrible personal price.
CNN -- Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was He was often willing to make fun of himself.
When it was first published inThe Hustler was the first--and the best--novel written about billiards in the year history of the game. The book quickly won a respected readership and later an audience for the movie with the same name starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. The Hustler is about the victories and losses of one "Fast" Eddie Felson, a poolroom hustler who travels from town to town conning strangers into thinking they could beat him at the game when in fact, he is a skillful player who has never lost a game.