Date: 16th January 2001
Legendary Hollywood star PAUL NEWMAN has been voted the greatest movie actor of all time - beating off the likes of MARLON BRANDO, CARY GRANT and JAMES STEWART.
The BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID star, famed for his blue eyes, topped the list, which was complied by a group of experts for this week's (ends19JAN01) edition of British listings magazine RADIO TIMES.
The panel took into account such criteria as box office success, Oscar nominations, acting range and marriage appeal when deciding who made it on their list of honour. Newman, 75, was nominated for the best actor Oscar seven times during his career, winning it in 1986 for THE COLOR OF MONEY.
A poll among readers of the Radio Times disagreed with the experts, putting Scottish legend SIR SEAN CONNERY, 70, at the top of the list. The JAMES BOND star only made it to number eight in the experts' league table. TOM HANKS, 44, who is to star alongside Newman in new film THE ROAD TO PERDITION, came second in the list. He was followed by James Stewart (1908-1997), HARRISON FORD, 58, Marlon Brando, 76, Cary Grant (1904-1986), ROBERT REDFORD, 63, Connery, TOM CRUISE, 38, and GARY COOPER (1901-1961). (RGS/WNBIN/PDD)