Sunday Services

I’m writing this post from my hotel in Fostoria, Ohio, so I wanted to add some local flair. In this case, it would be Shaker Heights, Ohio native Paul Newman.

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was nominated for numerous awards, winning an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many others. Newman’s other roles include the title characters in The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966) and Cool Hand Luke (1967), as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982).

I’m sure I’ll catch hell for this, but Newman’s two best films – bar none – are Slap Shot and The Color of Money. I’ll fight every one of you who disagrees!

While I cannot wait to let Kyle see Slap Shot, Newman is a treasure trove of fantastic films. He’s also apparently borderline handsome.

Newman was the first man named Butch that wasn’t gay. What? I’m just sayin’.

Some guys – like me – look terrible in boxers. Newman never had that problem.

The services have ended. You may now go in peace.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Services

  1. I’ll give you “Slap Shot”, but “The Color Of Money”? It would have been a lot better without that pretty boy, third rate, so called actor Tom Cruise. Now, Newman’s best would be “The Long Hot Summer”.

    PS: I had to say “The Long Hot Summer” because that’s one of my wife’s favorite films and she made me do it. You never want to cross one of those Slovak women. Just gypsies without the fancy costumes. They’d slit your throat or put a curse on you in a heartbeat…………..


  2. Cathy – I’ll let Charlie Chaplin know.

    Tam – The Slovak angle? Totes true. I really like Color of Money, despite Tom Cruise. I thought Newman was fantastic, as were Forrest Whitaker and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

    MelP – The Sting was brilliant, but growing up in the 80’s, I have a preference to Color of Money. It’s like when I told my mom the best James Bond was Roger Moore. I knew nothing as a teenager.


  3. Thanks for today’s services. I always love watching Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Gotta admit, I love his baby blues!


    1. Newman was one of 112 people who signed the 1995 letter calling Mumia innocent and his arrest a political act to silence him. Newman’s charity nominated C. Clark Kissinger for their 1st Amendment award for his actions in Pro Mumia protest.


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