Was Paul Newman Jewish?

Paul Newman

Well, to make a long story short, Paul Newman was not Jewish! (though he considered himself Jewish)

Since Paul Newman's mother was not Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes him not Jewish (though once again, he DID consider himself to be Jewish). Though he was not Jewish, His father was Jewish , and by Reform Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism, who accept both matrilineal (by mother) and patrilineal (by father) descent views, he is considered Jewish.

Paul Newman (whose full birth name was Paul Leonard Newman) was born on January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, US. Paul Newman passed away on September 26, 2008 (aged 83).

He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards.

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