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Actor Paul Newman dead at 83

He was "Cool Hand Luke" -- but to filmgoers, he was just plain cool.

Actor Paul Newman has died at the age of 83. His publicist says he died yesterday at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut after a long battle with cancer.

He was often cast as the anti-hero, in films like "Hud" and "The Color of Money." Newman became a favorite with critics for his portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers.

And in real life, he had a soft spot for underdogs, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company.

He was also famously liberal -- and was proud to have earned a spot on Richard Nixon's "enemies list."

Through a career that began in theater and on TV during the 1950s, Newman's co-stars included Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise and Robert Redford, his sidekick in "Butch Cassidy" and "The Sting."

He also sometimes teamed with his wife, Joanne Woodward. They were married for 50 years.

Newman was a 10-time Oscar nominee, winning once for "The Color of Money" in 1987.

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