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Job Actor
Years active 1948-2000
Known for Growly and phlegmatic; crumpled features
Top Roles Dr. Julian Winston, Horace Vandergelder, Willie Gingrich, Hamilton Bartholemew, Doc
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Film Adaptation, Western, Crime
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), Book-Based, Romance (Drama)
Top Collaborators , , , (Producer)
Shares birthday with Laurence Harvey, Julie Andrews, George Peppard  see more..

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Walter Matthau Overview:

Legendary actor, Walter Matthau, was born Walter John Matthow on Oct 1, 1920 in New York City, NY. Matthau appeared in over 100 film and TV roles. His best known films include A Face in the Crowd (as Mel Miller), Charade (as Hamilton Bartholemew), Fail-Safe (as Groeteschele), The Fortune Cookie (as Willie Gingrich), Cactus Flower (as Dr. Julian Winston), Hello, Dolly (as Horace Vandergelder) and of course The Odd Couple (as Oscar Madison)!. Matthau died at the age of 79 on Jul 1, 2000 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

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Bloodhounded-faced, growly and phlegmatic, Walter Matthau's mastery of comic timing and crumpled features were at first hidden behind conventional villain roles. From 1962 to 1965 he stole too many films from the stars to be denied leading parts -- and an Oscar for The Fortune Cookie clinched his position as an unconventional superstar.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Walter Matthau was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for The Fortune Cookie (as Willie Gingrich) in 1966.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1966Best Supporting ActorThe Fortune Cookie (1966)Willie GingrichWon
1971Best ActorKotch (1971)Joseph P. KotcherNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Walter Matthau's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #170 on Apr 2, 1998.

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By Dawn on Aug 11, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

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By Brandie on Aug 10, 2010 From True Classics

Have I told you lately how much I adore Billy Wilder? Who else could have given the world the oh-so-perfect comedic pairing of Jack Lemmon and ? Wilder, Lemmon, and Matthau formed an unbeatable team in The Fortune Cookie, the first of ten movies to co-star the popular acting duo (and t... Read full article


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Walter Matthau Quotes:

Oscar Madison: Don't point that finger at me unless you intend to use it.


Oscar Madison: Blanche used to say to me, "What time do you want dinner" I'd say "I dunno, I'm not hungry". Then 3 o'clock in the morning, I'd wake her up and say "now". I've been one of the highest paid sports writers in the east for the past fourteen years, we saved eight and a half dollars in pennies. I'm never home, I gamble, burn cigar holes in the furniture, drink like a fish, lie to her every chance I get. Then on our tenth wedding anniversary, I took her to the New York Rangers-Detroit Red Wings hockey game where she got hit by a puck! I still can't figure out why she left me, that's how impossible I am.


Oscar Madison: You can't spend the rest of your life crying. It annoys people in the movies.


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Walter Matthau Facts
Once claimed that his wife's name was Carol Wellington-Smythe Marcus, just to give it a more "aristocratic" sound.

Was passionate about classical music and often sang pieces by Mozart on the set.

He and Jack Lemmon acted together in 9 movies: Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), The Grass Harp (1995), Grumpier Old Men (1995), Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Odd Couple II (1998), The Odd Couple (1968) and Out to Sea (1997). Lemmon also directed Matthau in Kotch (1971). Lemmon and Matthau also both appeared in JFK (1991), but had no scenes together.

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