Somebody Up There Likes Me
Newman followed up The Silver Chalice with Robert Wises uncompromising 1956 biopic about legendary boxer Rocky Graziano, who went from being a con to the middleweight boxing champ. Newman looked nothing like the stocky, bulbous-nosed Graziano, but thanks to makeup, a buff bod and plenty of attitude, the actor scored a knockout punch. The Hollywood Reporter stated: We have a male actor projected to major stardom on the basis of one performance. Steve McQueen, with whom Newman would appear 18 years later in The Towering Inferno, had one of his first movie roles as a hood. Ironically, James Dean was initially cast in the starring role before he died in a car crash.