Barry Newman, best known for his role in the action-thriller Vanishing Point, has passed away at the age of 92 due to natural causes. He had a number of smaller screen roles before being cast in the 1971 film, which went on to become a cult classic and genre-defining epic. Newman also played defense lawyer Anthony J. Petrocelli in the NBC TV series Petrocelli and had notable roles in films such as The Limey and Bowfinger. He is survived by his wife, Angela.
As detailed in ET Online, Barry Newman, best known for his role in the action-thriller Vanishing Point, passed away at the age of 92. Newman’s wife, Angela, confirmed the news of his death to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday. The actor died of natural causes on May 11 at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Newman had a prolific career in television and film, with a number of smaller screen roles and performances on Broadway before he was cast in the 1971 car chase classic Vanishing Point. Directed by Richard C. Sarafian, the film starred Newman as Kowalski, a former race car driver who drives a Dodge Challenger across the US while avoiding cops and getting entangled in a deadly criminal conspiracy. Vanishing Point went on to become a cult classic and genre-defining epic, revered for its action set-pieces and influential on the next generation of blockbuster filmmakers.
Newman’s career continued to flourish after Vanishing Point, with notable film roles in Steven Soderbergh’s crime drama The Limey, as well as Bowfinger, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Daylight, and City on Fire, among others. He also had recurring roles in popular TV shows such as Nightingales, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The O.C., and Murder, She Wrote.
One of Newman’s most significant contributions to television was his portrayal of defense lawyer Anthony J. Petrocelli in the NBC TV series Petrocelli, a small-screen adaptation of his 1970 film The Lawyer. The Emmy-winning series ran for two seasons, from 1974 to 1976.
Newman’s passing is a loss for the entertainment industry, as well as for his fans who have followed his career for decades. He is survived by his wife, Angela.
As news of Newman’s death spreads, fans and colleagues are taking to social media to pay tribute to the actor and his legacy. Many are sharing their favorite memories of Newman’s performances, while others are expressing their condolences to his family.
Barry Newman’s contributions to film and television have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. His performances in Vanishing Point and Petrocelli will continue to be celebrated by fans for generations to come. Rest in peace, Barry Newman.