Hollywood screen legend Paul Newman died Friday of cancer at the age of 83.
Newman, known for his piercing blue eyes, boyish good looks and stellar performances in scores of hit Hollywood movies, also gave away more than $250 million to charity, proceeds from the sale of his Newman’s Own salad dressings, popcorn and cookies.
Founded on a lark by Paul Newman and his buddy A.E. Hotchner in 1982, Newman’s Own, Inc., has grown into a powerful company that donates to thousands of charities worldwide. Most predominately it provides the funding for the Hole in the Wall Camps, summer getaways for children with life-threatening illnesses, which Paul started over 20 years ago.
The Oscar award-winning actor and director’s company now offers more than 150 varieties of all-natural food and beverage products. Based in Westport, CT, the charitable mission of Newman’s Own is expressed in its Company motto: “Shameless exploitation in pursuit of the Common Good.” The Newman’s Own Foundation will carry on Newman’s philanthropic legacy for years to come. As always, all profits will be donated to charity.
Here are two videos, one featuring his charitable giving and the second, his acting career and overall life.