U.S. # 5020
2015 49¢ Paul Newman
Though he considered himself as ordinary as the next person, Paul Newman (1925-2008) is remembered by many as anything but. An A-list stage and screen actor famous for his rebellious nature, Newman attained true celebrity status. Aside from acting, he was a well-known environmentalist, social activist, racecar enthusiast, and philanthropist.
After serving in the Navy during WWII, Newman was discovered while acting at Yale’s drama school. He was soon appearing on Broadway and a shot at movies wasn’t far behind. Newman’s well-received 1956 portrayal of Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me launched what would turn out to be a 50-year film career. He went on to direct and perform in numerous films including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), The Color of Money (1986), and as the voice of Doc Hudson in Disney/Pixar’s Cars (2006).
While acting was his craft, philanthropy was Newman’s calling. He donated his personal resources wherever there was a need. In 1982, he started his own company, aptly named “Newman’s Own.” Today, his legacy lives on through his namesake foundation. In its 30-plus years, the company has donated over $430 million to charity – all from the profits and royalties of Newman’s Own products, just as Paul intended.
Steve Schapiro took the photo of Paul Newman that appears on U.S. #5020 in 1980. The stamp text recognizes Newman as both an actor and philanthropist.
Value: 49¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: September 18, 2015
First Day City: Cleveland, OH
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Offset printing in sheets of 120, with 6 panes of 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾
Quantity Printed: 12,000,000 stamps
The First Day Ceremonies for this stamp were held in the Playhouse Square District of Newman’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. His daughter as well as representatives from Newman’s Own and Flying Horse Farms were present for the festivities.