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Paul Newman

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Paul Newman

Just four days before his 18th birthday, Paul Newman enlisted in the Navy with hopes of becoming an aviator. While waiting for his application for officer training to go through, the Shaker Heights High School graduate attended Ohio University in Athens. Paul was then sent to the Navy V-12 program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where it was discovered that he was color blind. This ended his chances of becoming an aviator, so he instead became a rear seat radioman and gunner for torpedo bombers, serving aboard the USS Bunker Hill which took part in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

After the war, Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in drama from Kenyon College in Ohio before studying at the Actor's Studio in New York City. The Oscar-winning actor would go on to star in such classic films as "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,"  "The Sting," and "The Color of Money,” for which he won a Best Acting Academy Award. He was the recipient of many other awards as well, including a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Paul was also known for his philanthropy. Through the Newman's Own Foundation, he donated over $100 million to various charities. A race car enthusiast, he won numerous National Championships as a driver with the Sports Car Club of America, becoming the oldest driver ever to win a professionally sanctioned motor race.