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Paul Newman announces retirement

Noted Hollywood actor Paul Newman has announced his decision to quit acting owing to health grounds. "I'm not able to work anymore as an actor at the level that I would want to," the 82-year-old Hollywood star has said.

"You start to lose you memory, you start to lose your confidence, and you start to lose your invention. So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me," he said.

Paul Newman's career has included winning an Oscar, establishing a food company to fund charities, and operating a restaurant, but he said this week he is retiring from acting.

Newman brought a memorable series of rough, charming and roguish characters to the screen like the alcoholic Brick in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', the quirky Cool Hand Luke, the suave con man in 'The Sting' and the dissolute title character of Hud.

He earned nine Academy Award acting nominations but his only win was for best actor in The Color of Money in 1987 as the same pool shark he had played when he was nominated in 1962 for 'The Hustler'

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