Celebrity Paul Newman: His Greatest Films From more than 50 years of screen favorites, our critic Leah Rozen picks 15 of the Oscar winner's most notable roles By People Staff Published on June 9, 2008 05:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 15 CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Courtesy Everett Collection Playing Brick, a deeply unhappy man who'd rather drink than have sex with his wife (Elizabeth Taylor), Newman picked up his first Oscar nomination for the 1958 adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. 02 of 15 THE LONG HOT SUMMER Courtesy Everett Collection Although they weren't wed to each other at the time they shot The Long Hot Summer (1958), this southern-soaked drama would be the first of more than a half-dozen films the actor and soon-to-be wife Joanne Woodward would costar in together over five decades. 03 of 15 THE HUSTLER 20th Century Fox Film/Courtesy Everett Collection Newman scored both a box office and critical hit in 1961 playing a pool hustler who challenges champ Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) to a big money game. The black-and-white drama earned him a second Oscar nomination for Best Actor. 04 of 15 HUD Bradley Smith/Corbis Newman was downright bad – as in amoral – when he portrayed the sexy louse of a title character in the 1963 contemporary western. But that doesn't mean he wasn't good – the brash role nabbed him his third Best Actor nomination. 05 of 15 HARPER Courtesy Everett Collection Joining the gumshoe game in 1966, the actor was the coolest of private detectives as Lew Harper, a role he'd reprise nine years later in The Drowning Pool. 06 of 15 COOL HAND LUKE Courtesy Everett Collection Tapping into the rebellious '60s zeitgeist, Newman scored a huge hit playing a prison inmate who refused to buckle to authority in Cool Hand Luke. Possibly helped by the fact that his baby blue eyes were perfectly complemented by his character's blue prison togs, the role earned Newman yet another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1967. 07 of 15 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection "I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals," Newman (with Katharine Ross) famously said in his partners-in-crime classic costarring fellow hunk Robert Redford. The 1969 comedic western, about a pair of real-life outlaws, was a box-office blockbuster that made a legend out of the actor and turned the younger Redford into a bankable star. 08 of 15 WINNING Courtesy Everett Collection Newman put his need for speed – off-screen, he was a skilled race-car-driving enthusiast and had the trophies to prove it – into Winning (1969), getting behind the wheel to play an ambitious pro driver aiming to make it to the Indianapolis 500. 09 of 15 THE STING Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection Cavorting about as a couple of con men during the Great Depression, Newman reteamed with Redford in The Sting (1973) and, again, the pairing proved box-office magic. And who can forget that ragtime score? 10 of 15 THE TOWERING INFERNO Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection In one of the sillier movies he ever made, Newman played an architect who helps rescue people when a fancy new skyscraper he has designed goes up in flames. At the time (1974), big-budget disaster movies were inexplicably in vogue. (Trivia note: O.J. Simpson plays a security guard in the movie.) 11 of 15 SLAP SHOT Courtesy Everett Collection The actor gave one of his sharpest performances as the carousing player-coach of a minor league hockey team stuck in a backwater town in Slap Shot (1977), a classic sports movie that is now sparking talk of a remake in Hollywood. 12 of 15 THE COLOR OF MONEY Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection After six acting nominations and an honorary Oscar, Newman finally took home the golden statue when he reprised his role as Hustler pool sharpie Eddie Felson in The Color of Money (1986), this time showing a talented newcomer (Tom Cruise) his way around the felt. 13 of 15 EMPIRE FALLS HBO/Courtesy Everett Collection As an elderly ne'er-do-well stuck in a small Maine town, Newman again played a character created by one his favorite novelists, Richard Russo, in the 2005 HBO movie Empire Falls. It was his second pairing with the Pulitzer Prize winner's work: He had earlier starred in the adaptation of Nobody's Fool (1994), which earned him yet another Oscar nod. 14 of 15 OUR TOWN Westport Country Playhouse/Everett Collection First he returned to Broadway and his theater roots to play the folksy Narrator, the Stage Manager, in a revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town; then Newman gave an encore performance in a filmed version, which first aired on PBS in 2003. 15 of 15 ROAD TO PERDITION DreamWorks/Courtesy Everett Collection For his chilling turn as an aging Mob boss in Road to Perdition (2002), costarring Tom Hanks, Newman snagged his last Oscar nomination – his tenth (nine for acting, and one for directing 1968's Rachel, Rachel) – this time for Best Supporting Actor. The role also would prove to be one of his last on the big screen.