The Associated Press has confirmed that Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor, philanthropist and salad dressing entrepreneur, is battling cancer. The news comes from the 83-year-old Mr. Newman’s longtime friend and business partner, writer A.E. Hotchner, with whom Mr. Newman started Newman’s Own salad dressing company in 1982. (It reportedly started as a joke and grew into a multi-million-dollar food company.) "He’s battling," Mr. Hotchner told the AP. "He’s doing all the right stuff. Paul is a fighter. He seems to be going through a good period right now." The AP reports:
Newman issued a statement late Tuesday that he’s "doing nicely" but didn’t specifically address questions about cancer. A call was placed to his spokesman Wednesday seeking comment.
The Oscar winner appeared to have lost weight when he was photographed during practice for theauto race last month. , in an entry dated June 6, posted a photo on her blog of herself with the actor, who looked thin, at a luncheon to benefit the camps for critically ill children. ( was led by Newman’s affable outlaw character, Butch, in the 1969 film " .")
Newman won an Oscar for his leading role in 1986’s "." His screen credits also include "Hud," " ," " " and " ."
Hotchner said Newman had an operation a few years ago. "It was certainly somewhere in the area of the lung," he said.