An A-List Tribute to Paul Newman

In a fitting tribute to an actor who devoted so much of himself to helping others, some of the biggest names in show business gathered at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall Monday night.

The stars had aligned to raise funds for Paul Newman’s charity the Painted Turtle, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses that he established in 1999.

The event, spearheaded by Julia Roberts, was attended by Bruce Willis, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty, Danny Devito and boy-snogging Hugo Chavez pal Sean Penn, reports the Daily Mail.

The event also served as a posthumous tribute to Newman, who died of lung cancer in September. The outpouring of emotion was profuse.

“This is the first time we are doing this without Paul,” noted Danny Glover. “There is a void there, without a doubt.”

Hanks remembered Newman as a gracious actor willing to share the screen along with his sense of charity.

“He sort of taught us all how to be in the business and live up to the responsibilities and pull our weight,” said the actor, who starred with Newman in 2002’s The Road to Perdition. “He was a guy, quite frankly, who should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.”

The evening was marked by a 90-minute reading of The World of Nick Adams, A.E. Hotchner’s adaptation of several early works by Ernest Hemingway. Devito, Willis and Nicholson all participated in the reading.