These cool gentlemen are Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. The first of these cool gentlemen, Paul Newman was born on January, 26th, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since the late forties, Paul Newman had studied at The New York School of Dramatic Arts and worked with Lee Strasberg, who shared the views of realistic artists. In 1953, Paul Newman became famous as a theatre actor and then, he acted in movies and gained glory for his role as a boxer in Somebody up There Likes Me.
This time critics called Newman the next Marlon Brando. This is because Paul Newman has an intelligent look and modest manners, but, has both huge physical and psychological strength. He also has humor and self-irony hidden behind a mask of restraint. Critics have determined that Newman has an ability to play the role of the nice bully, while hiding subtly of mind and vulnerability and spiritually under masks of restraint and coolness. The versatility of Newman's gifts had already developed in the late fifties when he performed difficult psychological parts in the plays of Tennessee Williams A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth. He also starred in the American movies The Hustler and the western The Left-handed Gun.
Paul Newman introduced new brushes into this new traditionally American genre. The reevaluation of history took place in the seventies featuring the most famous Hollywood westerns. Paul Newman became a real movie star of this newest socio-historical branch of the American cinema with the movies Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Sting, The life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, and Buffalo Bill and the Indians. In these movies, Paul Newman created a variety of characters that were conquers of the Wild West. For his role in Martin Scorcese's, The Color of Money, Newman was given an Academy Award.
Now, one of Hollywood's cool gentlemen, Terrence Steve McQueen was born on March 24th, 1930 in Beach-Grove Indiana. This future actor studied at Carnegie Technological University where he was expelled for riding a motorcycle in the halls of the university. Steve McQueen served in the Navy. In 1952, Steve McQueen joined the troupe called Neighborhood Playhouse where he acted with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghoff. In 1955, he was one of two actors that were selected to act in a prestigious theatre studio run by Lee Strasberg. The other two thousand actors that competed failed to make it.
McQueen big break through role was the play A Handful of Rain. In 1956, he was featured in Somebody up There Likes Me and two years later in The Blob. In 1958, Steve Mc Queen was featured in the television series Wanted Dead or Alive which was on for several years. Because of the success of the series, Steve McQueen became famous in the movie Big Escape. Steve McQueen did all of his motorcycle stuns by himself. Among the movies in which Steve McQueen has played ironic, even cynical anti heroes, the following movies are the best known. They are: The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, a criminal movie, The Hunter, a western, and The Kid from Cincinnati. Steve McQueen died of lung cancer in 1980 on November 7th in Mexico.
These two actors of Hollywood glory have given much to the world of cinema. Paul Newman and Steve McQueen are cool gentlemen who are good role models to follow.