September 28, 2008, - 12:33 pm

Farewell, Cool Hand Luke & Ari Ben Canaan; VIDEO: Newman v. Heston in Nuke Freeze Debate

By Debbie Schlussel
One of my favorite old school actors is Paul Newman, who died yesterday of cancer at 83. A great American with tremendous talent on-screen and great generosity off-screen is gone.
Yes, Newman had left-wing politics, some of which was reflected in his more contemporary movies. But unlike today’s talentless Hollywood hacks, he rarely expressed his views and, in fact, rarely gave interviews. And when he did express his views, he was far more subtle and muted than the comparably amateurish contemporary actors, like Sean Penn and George Clooney, who openly embrace our enemies. An aberration is the debate Newman and Charlton Heston had regarding the nuclear freeze. Video is posted below–Heston kicked his butt (based on the incomplete video available), but both demonstrated class.

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Aside from his six decades in film, he was a tremendous philanthropist and donated over $250,000,000 in charity to cancer hospitals, camps for kids with illnesses, and other worthy causes from the sale of his various “Newman’s Own” food products. (Read the “Newman’s Own” tribute to Paul Newman.) And he was one of those very cool race car drivers, too.
My favorite Paul Newman films are “Cool Hand Luke” and, of course, Leon Uris’ “Exodus“, a movie that would never be made today, given the domination of Muslim whining and conniptions that dominate the Hollywood agenda.
But there are so many Newman films I loved. To name a few: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof“, “Hud“, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid“, “The Sting“, and the great hockey comedy, “Slap Shot.”
Paul Newman was not ashamed of his role as the courageous Ari Ben Canaan, the Zionist hero of “Exodus” who seizes a cargo ship and smuggles 600 just-liberated Holocaust survivors to then-Palestine (when the Palestinians had names like Ari and Shlomo, not Ahmed and Yasser), despite British refusal to let them into the country. The movie was based on real-life events, the acts of Israeli hero Yossi Harel (and others), and the actual ship, “The Exodus” (which my father told me was a Boblo Boat from Detroit–Boblo was a now-defunct amusement park on Boblo Island in the Detroit River). Newman was proud of the movie and a supporter of Israel.
Paul Newman was the hunk/hottie of his day, but far more dignified and well-behaved than today’s versions.
Newman was also proud of his Jewish heritage. Born to a Jewish father and gentile mother in Cleveland, he went to high school with many of my Jewish Cleveland friends’ granparents and older relatives. And he identified as a Jew and with the Jewish people, given today’s increasingly anti-Semitic atmosphere worldwide.
From Israel’s Ha’Aretz:

Otto Preminger, who directed the 1960 epic ["Exodus"] on location in Cyprus and Israel, said he chose Newman because he wanted an actor of Jewish origin who didn’t look Jewish.
The actor was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 26, 1925 to an affluent family. His Jewish father Arthur owned the city’s largest sporting goods store, which his Catholic mother Theresa, born in Slovakia, helped run.
In a 1980 interview with TIME magazine, Newman said he identified himself as Jewish, stating, “it’s more of a challenge.”

Paul Newman’s charm, handsome blue eyes and visage, and tremendous acting talent, class, and charity will be missed. His death serves as a reminder of the almost-completed changing of the guard in Hollywood and the movie biz from class, taste, dignity, morality, and patriotism to the continuing escalation of the ultimate in garbage, barbarism, himbo-ism, skankiness, and America-hating traitorism.
Paul Newman, Rest In Peace. A true acting legend–and a Great American–is gone.
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Paul Newman’s death reminds me of an unfortunate story my dad told me, when I told him we saw “Exodus” at school. In addition to Newman, the movie also stars the late Sal Mineo. My dad said he once saw a patient who told him, “They tell me I have this disease–I’m Sick of Sal Mineo or something.” What she, unfortunately, actually had was Sickle Cell Anemia.
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Cool Hand Luke v. Ben-Hur/Moses
Here’s the debate between Paul Newman and Charlton Heston on the nuclear freeze. Heston wins it based on the limited video available in both Parts I and II. And America won, because we didn’t follow Newman’s advice–our not doing a nuclear freeze helped bring down the Soviet Union:



Can’t imagine Clooney, Alec Baldwin, or Penn having an intelligent, educated, civil debate like this with, say, Tom Selleck or Jon Voight. They would sneer at the conservative for sure.
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Watch the “Exodus” trailer:

Gotta Love the exploding toilet.
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A nice, brief report on Paul Newman, followed by a couple of montages:


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13 Responses

A great man. Today’s Hollywood cannot compare.

barrypopik on September 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Class act. He’ll be missed!

kfs1970 on September 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Thank you for writing a great tribute to a great man. I thought that Newman was too left of center politically for my taste, but I watched many of his movies and enjoyed them all. I always admired his generosity.
The last movie of his that I saw was “Nobodies Fool”. And it was appropriately named. Indeed, Newman was nobodies fool.

Rocky on September 28, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Looking at the whole picture, Paul Newman was a good and decent man. But good and decent men sometimes do bad things.
FYI, Paul Newman routinely wrote and signed letters seeking monetary contributions on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee. For some reason, I was on their mailing list and received these letters over the years. I’m reasonably certain that you are aware of this organizations support for “Palestnian causes”.
Yet I share your “big picture” view of Newman’s life. Moreover, I think his career management and lifestyle were exemplary in many ways.
[TINSC: WAS NOT AWARE OF THIS. THANKS FOR THE ENLIGHTENMENT. DS]

There is NO Santa Claus on September 28, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Paul Newman was also in the great Alfred Hitchcock movie “Torn Curtain”, where he played a scientist secretly working for the CIA who pretended to defect to East Germany. Since it showed the CIA man as a hero, it’s another film that would never be made today.

rglovejoy on September 29, 2008 at 12:08 am

Slap Shot.

Pat on September 29, 2008 at 2:24 am

Debbie, he made a nice pasta sauce, but there’s no hechsher so I don’t advocate you trying it. And it’s unfortunate he was naive with the charity dollars. Money undoubtedly went to Palestinian terrorists along with the generic evil left-wing types.
[A: SOME OF NEWMAN'S OWN PRODUCTS ARE, IN FACT, KOSHER. BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT OF THIS POST, AND MOST READERS OF THIS SITE ARE NEITHER KOSHER, NOR JEWISH. AGREED THAT THE AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE/QUAKERS ARE BAD APPLES WHO HELP PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS BY SUPPORTING THEM. BUT NEWMAN WAS STILL A CLASS ACT AND WHILE I ABHOR HIS ENDORSEMENT OF THAT GROUP, HE DID OTHER GOOD THINGS. THE MOVIE "EXODUS" WAS VERY IMPORTANT IN ITS DAY. DS]

Anonymous1 on September 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

The big debate at that ttime was about nuclear freezing, but today it’s about whether or not to support the bailout of Wall Street. All I can say is FIGHT THE BAILOUT!!
Fight the bailout of Wall Street using the following “Action Alert” resources:
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AND
Send an e-mail today to your Senators and Representatives using the
following:
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For more information about why the bailout should be defeated, the following articles can be of help:
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http://www.jbs.org/index.php/jbs-news-feed/3095
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=597#comments

ramjordan on September 29, 2008 at 11:03 am

RIP to a classy guy, who was also a WWII navy vet

mindy1 on September 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm

While I always enjoyed the movie Exodus, and while the movie was based on an actual event, there are at least two items in that movie that in fact never happened.
The first was that the King of Denmark wore a yellow star to show solidarity with the Jewish population after the Nazi conquest. I remember my parents telling me this story (my guess is that the movie was the original source for this but I am not sure) but it never happened as I discovered when conducting some research when I was in college. However, the people there did do a lot to help save Jews.
The second involved the attack on the prison in Acre. Despite what was in the movie, the Hagannah had absolutely nothing to do with it. The attack was entirely an Irgun/Stern operation.

I_am_me on September 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Although a liberal (and misguided n my opinion) Paul Newman was never an “in your face” type of raging leftist that so many Hollywood types are. eh was a nice gentleman and came across as the type of guy you could have a beer and an intelligent conversation with. Yes, ‘Exodus’ could never be made today.

Ripper on September 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Interesting article. Unfortunately, all your YT videos are no longer available (or at least not the ones you have posted). Maybe you can find new links.

I especially appreciate your comments regarding what a classy man Paul Newman was. Today’s Hollywood hunks could and should take his example.

JWfan on December 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

Sorry to hear the bad news. He was a Great Actor. His movies, auto rnacig, salad dressing will be here for us to remember him n enjoy. RIP. Cool Paul Newman..

Murodbek on November 21, 2012 at 4:03 am

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