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Walter Matthau (1920–2000)

Walter Matthau was born on October 1, 1920 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Walter Jake Matthow. He was an actor, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Charade (1963) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). He was married to Carol Grace and Grace Geraldine Johnson. He died on July 1, 2000 in Santa Monica, California, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple Oscar Madison
Charade Hamilton Bartholomew
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpy Old Men Max Goldman
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Police Lt. Zachary Garber


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 1996 I'm Not Rappaport
Nat Moyer
 1991 JFK
Senator Long
 1988 Il piccolo diavolo
 1988 The Couch Trip
Donald Becker
 1985 Movers & Shakers
Joe Mulholland
 1982 I Ought to Be in Pictures
Herbert Tucker
 1981 First Monday in October
Dan Snow
 1978 Casey's Shadow
Lloyd Bourdelle
 1978 House Calls
Dr. Charley Nichols
 1974 Earthquake
Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
 1971 Plaza Suite
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
 1968 Candy
Gen. R.A. Smight
 1968 The Secret Life of an American Wife
The Movie Star
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Paul Manning
 1964 Goodbye Charlie
Sir Leopold Sartori
 1963 Island of Love
Tony Dallas
 1962 Who's Got the Action?
Tony Gagouts
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Sheriff Morey Johnson
 1960 Strangers When We Meet
Felix Anders
 1959 Gangster Story
Jack Martin
 1958 Onionhead
'Red' Wildoe
 1958 Ride a Crooked Trail
Judge Kyle
 1958 Voice in the Mirror
Dr. Leon Karnes
 1958 King Creole
Maxie Fields
 1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Al Dahlke
 1956 Bigger Than Life
Wally Gibbs
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Wes Todd
 1955 The Kentuckian
Stan Bodine
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Twilight Walk. Melodrama. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 11 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Walter Matthau | Walter Matuschanskayasky


6' 2½" (1.89 m)

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[1984 remark on Barbra Streisand] The most extraordinary ... er ... uninteresting person I have ever met. I just found her to be a terrible bore ... She was doing something and asked the director if I wouldn't mind saying my lines in a certain way. I think I said something to her like, "I was acting before you were born, so please don't tell me how to act." And she said, in her own inimitable way... See more »


When he inscribed himself formally to the U.S. Social Security in 1937, he included "Foghorn" as his middle name. He never changed it. See more »


Frequently worked with Jack Lemmon See more »



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