09.29.08 10 years ago 19 Comments

As you’ve now seen from 800,000 different news sources, Paul Newman died from cancer at the age of 83 this weekend. Few people have kicked ass at life the way Newman did.  When he wasn’t playing badasses, loners, or rogues in movies, he drove racecars and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for children’s charities.  Cool Hand Luke is easily one of my favorite movies ever made, and Butch and Sundance would be up there if it weren’t for the “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” scene that made me want to break a bottle of Newman’s Own over my head.  The Sting, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler… holy crap.  Thank you, Paul Newman.

And, of course, to tie this all back to sports, he played Reg Dunlop in Slap Shot (see vid after the jump). Easily the greatest hockey movie ever.  I guess that’s kinda easy to do when your only competition is Miracle and Mystery, Alaska.

(video via FilmDrunk)

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