Paul Newman – Lesser Known Films

By | Sep 28, 2008

It is with sadness that many are writing about and remembering the life of actor Paul Newman, who died on September 26, 2008 at the age of 83. Newman was born on January 26, 1925 and during his more than 1/2 century film career he was in some great, highly popular and still remembered movies. However, like many performers he was in a few that either are forgot, or people want to forget films.

Before Newman performed in his first Hollywood movie, The Silver Chalice, a movie that even Newman has apologized as a poor movie, he was an actor in the new medium of Television, including three appearance in the first year of theYou Are There series that debuted in 1953. In one episode he played Nathan Hale and in another Plato.

Many of the movies that he made in the late 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s can be considered classics of the era. A year before he reteamed with Robert Redford in The Sting he was played in the John Huston film The Life of Judge Roy Bean. If was a good film that was released at the end of the time of the Westerns, which could account for its little known status.

The next three films that Newman did after The Sting are also ones that I haven’t heard too many mention when speaking about the career of Newman. The first one after The Sting was the big budget Irwin Allen disaster film The Towering Inferno which also starred Steve McQueen. The fire seemed to be the star of this film and the performances that are remembered are short scenes from the supporting characters, such as Fred Astair’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar role.

After The Towering Inferno Newman tried his hand at playing a hard-boiled detective in The Drowning Pool the film adaptation of the book written by Ross MacDonald. Newman played the part of Lew Harper. This was his second film playing this character, the first was in the 1966 film Harper.

Then he played the part of Buffalo Bill Cody in the Robert Altman film Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson. But then even the lesser known films or even bad films were better because Paul Newman were in them.


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