Paul Newman, he of the twinkling blue eyes and amazing onscreen presence, has announced his retirement from the world of movies. The 82-year-old actor/racing car driver/salad dresser maker says he took the decision because he found he could no longer act as before. "I am not able to work at the level that I would want to," he told US TV's ABC News. "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention."
Newman was one of the all-time greats: Somebody Up There Likes Me, Hud, Butch Cassidy, The Left Handed Gun, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, Harper, The Sting, Slap Shot, The Colour of Money (for which he won his only Oscar), The Verdict, the much underrated Twilight... the list goes on and on.
Happy retirement, sir.