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News number: 8709110819

14:16 | 2008-12-01

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Iran Film Fest to Doff Cap to Paul Newman

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's 27th Fajr International Film Festival will commemorate the late American actor Paul Newman, the secretariat of the festival announced in a press release on Sunday.



Several films in which Newman starred will go on display during the festival, which will be held from February 1 to 11, 2009 at various Tehran theaters.

Born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, Paul Newman acted in more than 80 films. He produced ten films and was the director of six movies. He was one of the few actors who successfully made the transition from 1950s cinema to that of the 1960s and 1970s, Tehran Times reported.

He went on to become one of the top box office draws of the 1960s, starring in such classic films as "The Hustler", "The Prize", "Hud", "Cool Hand Luke", and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". He also produced and directed many high quality films, including "Rachel, Rachel" for which he received an Oscar nomination for best picture. Nominated nine times for best actor, he finally took one home an Oscar for his performance as an aging pool shark in "The Color of Money".

A caring and supremely generous man, he is the founder of "Newman's Own", a successful line of food products that has earned in excess of $100 million, every penny of which the philanthropic movie icon has donated to charity.

On September 26, 2008, Newman died at his longtime home in Westport, Connecticut, of complications arising from lung cancer.

Photo: Paul Newman provides the voice -- and eye color -- for the wise Doc Hudson in Disney/Pixar's blockbuster movie "Cars". (Motor Trend)