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

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.

BlogHub Articles:

The Five Best Performances

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1. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) - Four men hijack a New York subway and hold the passengers for ransom, demanding that $1 million be delivered within an hour. One passenger will be executed for every minute that the money is late. As the unlikely hero of this tense suspense film, Matth... Read full article


Plays Hopscotch

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When CIA operative Miles Kendig () lets a Soviet spy get away, his new boss is most displeased. Kendig explains the logic behind his actions, but his explanation is abruptly dismissed. He is banished to a desk job until his retirement. The veteran spy has no intention of complying with... Read full article


Makes House Calls With Glenda Jackson

By Rick29 on Sep 27, 2018 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

as a widower. Relationship comedies were all the rage in the late 1970s. Jill Clayburgh played a woman who becomes suddenly single when her husband of 16 years leaves her in An Unmarried Woman (1978). Burt Reynolds was a divorced man struggling to get over his ex-wife in Starting Ove... Read full article


Interview with Jacqueline Scott: The Classic TV Actress Discusses Raymond Burr, , and Curly Hair

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Jacqueline Scott and David Janssen in The Fugitive.. With over 100 credits, actress Jacqueline Scott has forged a remarkable career in film and television. She has worked with legendary directors such as Steven Spielberg, Don Siegel (multiple times), and William Castle. She made her biggest impact,... Read full article


Seven Things to Know About

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Carol Grace and . 1. met his second wife, Carol Grace, when they both appeared in the 1955-56 Broadway hit Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? She was previously married--twice--to playwright and author William Saroyan (The Human Comedy). In her 1992 memoir, Among The Porcu... Read full article


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Walter Matthau Quotes:

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.


Dr. Julian Winston: The minute I met her, I knew this girl could make me do anything - so just to protect myself in the clinches I told her that I had a wife and three children.
Harvey Greenfield: Three children's a nice touch.
Dr. Julian Winston: And I told it to her right away so that everything between us would be open and above board.


Dr. Julian Winston: I need a wife... temporarily... 15 to 20 minutes...


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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.

He once estimated his lifetime gambling losses at $5 million.

Brought to the St. John's Health Center after suffering a heart attack by ambulance and was pronounced dead shortly afterward at 1:42 a.m.

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