09/27/2008 AT 2:25 PM ET
His characters onscreen were monumental, but it’s at home where Paul Newman s death may leave the biggest void.
“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee,” his daughters said in a statement following their father’s death.
Calling Newman a “devoted husband, loving father,” “adoring grandfather and a dedicated philanthropist,” the women paid tribute to the head of their family.
The statement continued, “Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.”
“Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune,” they said. “In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here. ”
They concluded, “He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon.
“During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”