Actors And Colleagues React To Paul Newman's Death

September 27, 2008 By:
Actors And Colleagues React To Paul Newman's Death

Paul Newman
was known for far more than just acting. And with the breaking news of his passing yesterday, friends, fellow actors, and colleagues are remember the man who brought light into their lives. Here's what some of the people close to Paul or influenced by him are saying:

"He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us."
George Clooney

"He was my hero." -
Julia Roberts

"I was blessed to have known him. The world is better because of him. Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them." -
Sally Field, his costar in Absence of Malice

"Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee. Devoted husband. Loving father. Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist... 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." - Statement from Newman's three daughters Elinor, Melissa and Claire, whose mother is Oscar-winning actress Joanne Woodward

"He was a master of his craft — an artist respected and emulated by his peers and beloved by movie fans around the world." - Dan Glickman, the chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America

"Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all." - Robert Forrester, vice-chairman of Newman's Own Foundation, which has donated more than $250 million charities worldwide.

"All who knew him, worked with him and who have been touched by his kindness and generosity are extremely fortunate. It was Paul's dream that the camps continue to thrive and provide laughter to children who need it most, and we will keep that dream alive." - Statement from the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, which Newman founded in 1988 for children with serious medical needs.