Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton
Sumner RedstoneThe former chief executive of Viacom might have been the most powerful media mogul of his time but these days he spends a lot of his time at his Newton home.
He grew up in the Greater Boston area and went to Boston Latin School and Harvard University.
He almost died in 1979 at a fire in a hotel at Copley Square but survived by hanging to a third-floor window with his burned hand. Redstone eventually survived 60 hours of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He donated $35 million to the ER and burn unit in 2007. Pictured: Sumner Redstone spoke at the Law Alumni Auditorium at Boston University in 2007.