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It was "the worst motion picture produced during the 1950s," he said."That I survived that picture is a testament to something."In 1955, director Elia Kazan chose James Dean over Newman for a starring role in "East of Eden." Dean was also slated to play boxer Rocky Marciano in 1956's "Somebody Up There Likes Me" and Billy the Kid in "The Left Handed Gun," which came out in 1958. D.'s death in a car crash, both of those roles went to Newman.
Now 61 years old, he'd already been nominated and lost six times. Doctorow, who'd attended college together, joined a group of investors to buy The Nation magazine.But Heston later took a hard right, and in 1982 the actors faced off in a TV debate, with Heston supporting Ronald Reagan's nuclear arms program and Newman opposing it. "I've done better and I've done worse," Newman said of his performance, "but ...it was better than not doing anything at all."Newman was close pals with Jake's parents and their first choice to be Jake's godfather (Jamie Lee Curtis is his godmother).Each year on April 24, countless students—including some at Newman's alma mater, Kenyon College, and even Princeton—set out to drink 24 beers over a 24-hour period.
Newman once said that he'd "like to bring an end to the tradition."When White House Counsel John Dean testified before the Senate Watergate Committee, he revealed that President Richard Nixon had compiled an "Enemies List." Newman—seen here with playwright Arthur Miller at the 1968 Democratic National Convention—was No.
His father was Jewish and his mother a Christian Scientist.