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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.
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.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
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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.
|1966||Best Supporting Actor||The Fortune Cookie (1966)||Willie Gingrich||Won|
|1971||Best Actor||Kotch (1971)||Joseph P. Kotcher||Nominated|
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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Murray: What are you, crazy, letting him go to the john alone?
Roy: Suppose he tries to kill himself!
Oscar Madison: How's he gonna kill himself in the john?
Murray: Whaddaya mean, how? Razor blades, poison, anything that's in there.
Oscar Madison: Nah, that's the kids' bathroom. The worst he could do in there is brush his teeth to death.
Roy: He could jump!
Vinnie: That's right! Isn't there a window in there?
Oscar Madison: Yeah, but it's only six inches wide.
Murray: Yeah, well he could break the glass - he could cut his wrists!
Oscar Madison: He could also flush himself into the East River. I'm telling you he's not going to try anything.
Roy: Sh! Sh! Listen, listen!
[they all follow Roy to the bathroom door; Felix is heard crying]
Roy: He's crying. You hear that, he's crying!
Murray: Isn't that terrible? For God's sakes, Oscar, do something, say something!
Oscar Madison: What? What do you say to a man who's crying in your bathroom?
Horace: It takes a woman all powdered and pink to joyously clean out the drain in the sink!
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