In 1978, Paul Newman's son, Scott Newman, who was an aspiring actor in his own right, was found dead in a hotel after overdosing on pills and alcohol. He was 28. Scott Newman had issues with drinking and had been arrested for some alcohol-related incidents. He suffered a motorcycle accident in 1978 for which he then also began taking pain pills. On the night of his death, Scott mixed a lethal dose of Valium, alcohol, and other drugs.
GONE TOO SOON photo | Paul Newman Newman's only son, Scott – here with his father in 1972 – died of an accidental drug-and-alcohol overdose in 1978. Of their relationship, Newman said, "I had lost the ability to help him ... we both backed away." In his memory, the actor started the Scott Newman Center, a Torrance, Calif., drug-abuse prevention facility.
Paul Newman's hidden heartache: How the Hollywood giant never got over his only son's drugs overdose death
Alan Scott Newman (1950–1978) was an American film & TV actor & stuntman, whose most prominent roles were in The Towering Inferno & Breakheart Pass. He was the only son of Academy Award-winning actor Paul Newman. He suffered a motorcycle accident in the fall of 1978, & was taking painkillers to ease the discomfort of his injuries. However, in Los Angeles on the night of November 19, he took a fatal dose of valium with alcohol & other drugs. The official verdict being an accident.
The son of actor Paul Newman and Jacqueline Witte, Scott Newman died November 20, 1978 from a drug overdose. He was born on September 23, 1950. Like his dad, he was an actor, and appeared in “Fraternity Row”, and episodes of ‘Harry O” and “Marcus Welby MD.”
Newman with first wife Jackie Witte and their young son Scott in 1955. Scott tragically died of a drug overdose in 1978. Newman started the Scott Newman Foundation to help others recover from drug addiction. The actor was also known for his philanthropic work fudned by the sale of his 'Newman's Own' products.