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Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor. He was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His mother was a Slovak; his father was a Jew who had one parent from Hungary and the other from Poland. Although Paul Newman was not a Jew by Orthodox Jewish standards he considered himself Jewish and would have been accepted as one by other Jewish movements.
Newman retired from acting in May 2007. He said "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."
He came out of retirement to narrate the 2007 documentary movie Dale, about the life of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt. He also narrated the 2008 BBC documentary Meerkats: The Movie. It was recorded at a studio near his home shortly before his death. The Meerkats was the last movie credit of Newman's long career.
- "Paul Newman quits films after stellar career", News.com.au. May 27, 2007. Hollywood star Newman to retire, bbc.co.uk, May 27, 2007.
- "French film festival to show Paul Newman’s last work". Enjoy France News. 2008-10-06. http://www.enjoyfrance.com/content/view/1697/31/.