Paul Newman passed away at the age of 83. One of the greatest actors and philanthropists of his time, I remember him best for some of the best movie gaming scenes ever made:

  • The Hustler / The Color of Money – The two definitive billiards movies, TCoM is one of my favorite movies of all times, with wall to wall gaming quotes: “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” “For some players, luck itself is an art.” “The balls roll funny for everybody, kiddo.”
  • Cool Hand Luke – “Take a buck.” After “losing” a fight, Paul’s character plays in a poker game where he gets his nickname. “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – The opening scene is a tense poker game, where Sundance (Robert Redford) is accused of cheating before Butch (Newman) walks in from behind and calls him by his name. His accuser suddenly changes his tactics. “I didn’t know you were the Sundance Kid when I said you were cheating.”
  • The Sting – A slew of great games are played, including cribbage and poker. “-Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it? -He cheats.”