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).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
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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Oscar Madison: Not in other words. Those are the perfect ones!
Sir Leopold Sartori: If I were not Hungarian, I would be speechless.
Oscar Madison: I'm $800 behind in alimony. Let's raise the stakes.
Roy: They can do it, you know.
Oscar Madison: Do what?
Roy: Throw you in jail.
Oscar Madison: Never. If she can't call me up once a week to aggravate me, she's not happy.
Murray the Cop: Aren't you worried about the kids?
Oscar Madison: Murray, the kids are living in their grandfather's house with a swimming pool in California. Can we just play cards?
Roy: I told you you'd get into trouble. It's because you don't know how manage anything. I should know - I'm your accountant.
Oscar Madison: If you're my accountant, how come I need money?
Roy: If you need money, how come you play poker?
Oscar Madison: 'Cause I need money.
Roy: But you always lose.
Oscar Madison: That's why I need the money.
Roy: Then don't play poker.
Oscar Madison: Then don't come to my house and eat my potato chips.
[grabs the bag of potato chips on the poker table and flings the entire contents all over the living room]
Oscar Madison: You see, wise guy? Potato chips!
Murray the Cop: Oh, beautiful, beautiful.
[an argument ensues with everyone bickering all at once]
Murray the Cop: What are you yelling about? We're playing a friendly game!
[the bickering continues]
Murray the Cop: All right, all right, ALL RIGHT! Calm down, calm down, take it easy. I'm a cop, you know - I can arrest the whole lousy game.
[they all quiet down]
Oscar Madison: My friend Murray the cop is right. Let's just play cards and please hold them up. I can't see where I marked them.
Roy: He owes money to his wife, his government and his friends and he still won't take it seriously.
Oscar Madison: Life goes on even for tho
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