Friends of Paul Newman are paying tribute to the beloved actor, philanthropist and devoted family man who lost his battle against cancer on Sept. 26 at the age of 83.
“There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend,” said Robert Redford, the legend’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid co-star, adding, “My life — and this country — is better for his being in it.”
George Clooney also praised the actor, who was famous for his blue eyes.
“He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us. He will be greatly missed.”
In a statement, his daughter expressed the family’s feelings over his passing, saying:
“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee.
Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.
Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: “It’s been a privilege to be here.”
He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon.
During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”