Nov 9, 2015
Paul Newman and Rocky Graziano: Somebody Down Here Likes Me
But there were problems from the start: Paul didn't like sneaking around under the nose of his wife, and he wanted exclusivity, whereas Jimmy had a roving eye (Paul had the same problem when he dated Yul Brynner a couple of years before).
In 1953, they both auditioned for the roles of the twin brothers in East of Eden -- check out the homoerotic screen test on the Eddi Haskell blog.
Jimmy got the part, but Paul lost out. He was devastated, and the relationship cooled.
It was a Hollywood rags-to-riches story, with a juvenile delinquency twist. The young Rocky is abused by his father, joins a street gang, gets into fights, is drafted into the army but goes AWOL, is sent to prison, finds a new life as a boxer, and finally triumphs over an evil rival (real boxer Tony Zale).
I couldn't find any information on whether they became lovers, but since Rocky also hung out with the bisexual Marlon Brando, it's a possibility.
Paul went on, of course, to become the most famous actor of the 1960s and a master of gay subtexts. Rocky Graziano had a respectable tv career and opened a restaurant.