I read the news yesterday and Japanese Nostalgic Car blogged about this as well: Paul Newman passed away.
Apart from many good movies he made he was also quite close to Nissan: he raced several Datsuns during the 60s and 70s and in the early 80s he even got a special edition Nissan Skyline R30 with his name on it (rebadged GT-EX) and featured the ads for them:
Another small detail: the last Skyline R30 in the ads features the Plasma FJ engine which I blogged about in May this year:
Therefore it should be a Skyline RS in the ad.
I think there was no greater tribute in his life than this. 😉