Paul Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an American actor and film director.
He was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio to a Catholic mother and a Jewish father who owned a successful sporting goods store. He served in the Navy in World War II, in the Pacific theater. When he returned to America he attended Kenyon College and Yale University. While he was attending graduate school at Yale, he became a successful stage actor on Broadway. His first movie, The Silver Chalice has been described by Newman as the "worst movie of the entire 1950s decade", but he rebounded with a series of acclaimed roles. Newman was one of the few actors who successfully made the transition from 1950s to the 1960s and 1970s cinema. His rebellious persona translated well to a subsequent generation.
He married Joanne Woodward in 1958, and later directed her in the 1968 film Rachel, Rachel, a film for which he was nominated for an Oscar as producer.
He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his lead role in a 2003 production of Our Town.