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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Oscar Madison: The hell's so funny?
Felix Ungar: It's not spaghetti, it's linguini.
[Oscar picks up the linguini and hurls it against the kitchen wall]
Oscar Madison: Now it's garbage.
Oscar Madison: I'm in for a quarter.
Murray: Aren't you going to look at your cards first?
Oscar Madison: What for? I'm gonna bluff anyway. Who gets a Pepsi?
Murray: I get a Pepsi.
Oscar Madison: My friend Murray the policeman gets a warm Pepsi.
Roy: You still didn't fix the refrigerator. It's been two weeks now - no wonder it stinks in here.
Oscar Madison: Temper, temper. If I wanted nagging, I'd go back with my wife. I'm out. Who wants food?
Murray: What do you got?
Oscar Madison: I got, uh, brown sandwiches and, uh, green sandwiches. Which one do you want?
Murray: What's the green?
Oscar Madison: It's either very new cheese or very old meat.
Murray: I'll take the brown.
[Oscar hands Murray a sandwich which Murray starts wolfing down]
Roy: Are you crazy? You're not going to eat that, are you?
Murray: I'm hungry!
Roy: His refrigerator has been out of order for two weeks now. I saw milk standing in there that wasn't even in the bottle!
Oscar Madison: What are you, some kind of health nut? Eat, Murray, eat!
Oscar Madison: Don't come to me with your petty problems. You get this one stinkin' night a week. I'm cooped up here with Mary Poppins 24 hours a day.
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