Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was the first Paul Newman movie I saw at a theater (I’d seen him in movies on TV). I still remember walking out of the movie knowing that I had just discovered the sexiest man alive, and finding out, to my utmost shock, that most of my friends thought Newman was “an old guy” and that Redford was the really sexy one. Redford was a pretty boy, Newman was sexy–even if he was old enough to be my father (actually, he’s the same age as my father, perhaps it was an Electra complex!). Anyway, I have never found a reason to change my opinion of Newman (although I may have been a bit harsh about Redford, he had a brief period of sexiness, before the sun got to his skin). Not only is he an actor that I find attractive, I can respect his acting skill and his real life activities.
You don’t have to go that far back, hell, he was delectable in Road to Perdition! (or maybe I’m just getting old).