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Walter Matthau (1920–2000)


Matthau was born Walter Matthow on October 1, 1920 in New York City, to a Lithuanian Jewish mother, Rose (Berolsky), who worked in a sweatshop, and a Russian Jewish father, Milton Matthow, a peddler and electrician. Matthau grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side. He started out selling soft drinks and playing bit parts at a Yiddish theater ... See full bio »

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 1996 I'm Not Rappaport
Nat Moyer
 1991 JFK
Senator Long
 1988 Il piccolo diavolo
Maurice
 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)
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
Pete
 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
 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
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Mel Miller
 1956 Bigger Than Life
Wally Gibbs
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Wes Todd
 1955 The Kentuckian
Stan Bodine
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Written by George Axelrod. Directed by George Axelrod. Belasco Theatre (moved to The Shubert Theatre from 9 Jul 1956- 10 Nov 1956): 13 Oct 1955- 10 Nov 1956 (444 performances). Cast: Orson Bean (as "George MacCauley"), Martin Gabel (as "Irving LaSalle"), Jayne Mansfield (as "Rita Marlowe"), ... See more »

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


Alternate Names:

Mr. Walter Matthau | Walter Matuschanskayasky

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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Personal Quote:

I always had one ear offstage, listening for the call from the bookie. See more »

Trivia:

Appeared in Ensign Pulver (1964), the sequel to Mister Roberts (1955), for which his friend Jack Lemmon won an Oscar. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently worked with Jack Lemmon See more »

Nickname:

Jake

Star Sign:

Libra

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