I don't know. Hud was probably his best role, but lots of people would say it was Cool Hand Luke. He was excellent as Fast Eddie Felson, though. In The Hustler. Color of Money was just something of an encore. I think he should have won the Oscar for his portrayal of Frank Galvin in The Verdict. And the job he did as Sully Sullivan in Nobody's Fool was about the smoothest transition from leading man to character actor that Hollywood's ever seen.
And I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Harry Frigg, which was probably the first movie I ever saw him in and is probably why I've always thought of him as a great comic actor rather than a romantic leading man.
But to me his defining role, the character he will always be in my imagination, is Butch Cassidy.
I think I still have all his lines memorized.
Butch: If he'd only pay me as much as he paying to make me stop robbing him, I'd stop robbing him!
Butch: What happened to the old bank? It was beautiful.
Bank guard: People kept robbing it.
Butch: Small price to pay for beauty.
Logan: Sundance, if when it's over, he's dead, you're welcome to stay.
Butch: Listen, I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but if when it's over I'm dead, kill him.
Butch (as he and Sundance prepare to make their last stand): Wait a minute. You didn't see Lefors out there?
Sundance: Lefors? No.
Butch: Good. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble.
Paul Newman died yesterday. He was 83.
Butch (several times): I've got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.