Fans, Friends & Family Mourn Paul Newman

I was so moved by this collection of tributes to Paul Newman, who passed away on Friday, that I wanted to post some of them for you to see. What an amazing impact he had on so many. Check it out:

"For me personally, his is the kind of life I would like to lead in this industry. Not only was he classy and phenomenally talented, but he led a normal life. He was also extraordinarily philanthropic and gave back such a tremendous amount. He was the ultimate role model."  - Leonardo DiCaprio

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

"There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life - and this country - is better for his being in it." - Robert Redford, who costarred with Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting

"The history of movies without Paul Newman? It's unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit though his acting in so many movies - where would we be without him?"  - Martin Scorsese, who directed Newman in his Oscar-winning performance in The Color of Money

"What can one say about Paul that isn't known...He inspired generations of actors and yet it was always hard to figure out in what ways you admired him most. A brilliant artist, philanthropist and athlete. A remarkable and thoughtful man - fiercely intelligent, warm, gracious, tenacious, humble and great fun to be with. I've never met anyone who didn't feel lucky to know him. Paul embodied the very best of us. He was who we all wanted to be when we grew up." - John Cusack

"He was one of those guys who was an inspiration to my whole life. And he always came up with something interesting. He gave some magnificent performances." - Russell Crowe

"Paul was a very fine actor and a really good race driver. But mostly, he personified humanity - always taking care of those who were less fortunate. For me, this will be his legacy." - David Letterman

"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

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