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Walter Matthau (1920–2000)


Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1, 1920. His mother was an immigrant ... See full bio »

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

Known For

The Odd Couple Oscar Madison
(1968)
Charley Varrick Charley Varrick
(1973)
The Fortune Cookie Willie Gingrich
(1966)
Grumpy Old Men Max Goldman
(1993)

Filmography

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 2000 Hanging Up
Lou Mozell
 1998 The Marriage Fool (TV Movie)
Frank Walsh
 1998 The Odd Couple II
Oscar Madison
 1997 Out to Sea
Charlie Gordon
 1996 I'm Not Rappaport
Nat Moyer
 1995 Grumpier Old Men
Max Goldman
 1995 The Grass Harp
Judge Charlie Cool
 1994 I.Q.
Albert Einstein
 1994 Incident in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Harmon Cobb
 1993 Grumpy Old Men
Max Goldman
 1993 Dennis the Menace
Mr. Wilson
 1992 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Video)
Narrator (voice)
 1992 Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (TV Movie)
Harmon Cobb
 1991 JFK
Senator Long
 1991 Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (TV Movie)
Clifford Pepperman
 1990 The Incident (TV Movie)
Harmon Cobb
 1988 Il piccolo diavolo
Padre Maurizio
 1988 The Couch Trip
Donald Becker
 1986 Pirates
Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red
 1985 Movers & Shakers
Joe Mulholland
 1983 The Survivors
Sonny Paluso
 1982 I Ought to Be in Pictures
Herbert Tucker
 1981 Buddy Buddy
Trabucco
 1981 First Monday in October
Dan Snow
 1980 Hopscotch
Miles Kendig / James Butler / Mr. Hannaway / ...
 1980 Little Miss Marker
Sorrowful Jones
 1978 The Stingiest Man in Town (TV Movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge (voice)
 1978 California Suite
Marvin Michaels
 1978 Casey's Shadow
Lloyd Bourdelle
 1978 House Calls
Dr. Charley Nichols
 1978 Actor (TV Movie)
Boris Thomashevsky
 1977 Insight (TV Series)
Adam
- This Side of Eden (1977) ... Adam
 1976 The Bad News Bears
Coach Morris Buttermaker
 1975/I The Sunshine Boys
Willy Clark
 1974 The Front Page
Walter Burns
 1974 Earthquake
Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
 1973 The Laughing Policeman
Jake Martin
 1973 Charley Varrick
Charley Varrick
 1972 Pete 'n' Tillie
Pete
 1972 Awake and Sing (TV Movie)
Moe Axelrod
 1971 Kotch
Joseph P. Kotcher
 1971 Plaza Suite
Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
 1971 A New Leaf
Henry Graham
 1969 Cactus Flower
Dr. Julian Winston
 1969 Hello, Dolly!
Horace Vandergelder
 1968 Candy
Gen. R.A. Smight
 1968 The Secret Life of an American Wife
The Movie Star
 1968 The Odd Couple
Oscar Madison
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Paul Manning
 1966 The Fortune Cookie
Willie Gingrich
 1965 Mirage
Ted Caselle
 1964-1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Andrew Johnson / Gov. John Slaton
- Andrew Johnson (1965) ... Andrew Johnson
- Governor John M. Slaton (1964) ... Gov. John Slaton
 1964 Goodbye Charlie
Sir Leopold Sartori
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Franklin Gaer
- Man Is a Rock (1964) ... Franklin Gaer
 1964 Fail-Safe
Dr. Groeteschele
 1964 The Rogues (TV Series)
Aram Rodesko
- The Personal Touch (1964) ... Aram Rodesko
 1964 Ensign Pulver
Doc
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Narrator / Tony Maruzella / Harley Downing / ...
- Jeremy Rabbitt - The Secret Avenger (1964) ... Tony Maruzella
- The Takers (1963) ... Harley Downing
- A Dozen Deadly Roses (1963) ... Martin Pitt
- San Francisco Detective (1963) ... Narrator
- Prisoner at Large (1963) ... Narrator
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Tom Gregory
- White Snow, Red Ice (1964) ... Tom Gregory
 1963 Charade
Hamilton Bartholomew
 1963 Island of Love
Tony Dallas
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Charles Thatcher
- A Tumble from a High White House (1963) ... Charles Thatcher
 1960-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Dr. Max Lewine / Peter Kanopolis
- Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It (1962) ... Dr. Max Lewine
- The Man Who Bit a Diamond in Half (1960) ... Peter Kanopolis
 1962 Who's Got the Action?
Tony Gagouts
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Sheriff Morey Johnson
 1956-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tom Dutton
- Acres and Pains (1962) ... Tom Dutton
- Reflected Glory (1956)
 1961-1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Michael Callahan / Martin Kramer
- One for the Road (1962) ... Michael Callahan
- The Corruptors (1961) ... Martin Kramer
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Lex Rogers
- The Reunion (1961) ... Lex Rogers
- The Alibi (1961) ... Lex Rogers
- Man Bait (1961) ... Lex Rogers
- Best Laid Plans (1961) ... Lex Rogers
- Royce Dante - Killer (1961) ... Lex Rogers
 1958-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Phil / Harry Wade / Moran / ...
- Cop for a Day (1961) ... Phil
- A Very Moral Theft (1960) ... Harry Wade
- Dry Run (1959) ... Moran
- The Crooked Road (1958) ... Off. Pete Chandler
 1961 Great Ghost Tales (TV Series)
Defago
- The Wendigo (1961) ... Defago
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Sam Keep
- Eleven, the Hard Way (1961) ... Sam Keep
 1960 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
John Overton
- Born a Giant (1960) ... John Overton
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
James Hyland / Joxer Daly
- The Rope Dancers (1960) ... James Hyland
- Juno and the Paycock (1960) ... Joxer Daly
 1960 Strangers When We Meet
Felix Anders
 1960 Juno and the Paycock (TV Movie)
 1959 Gangster Story
Jack Martin
 1958 Ride a Crooked Trail
Judge Kyle
 1958 Onionhead
'Red' Wildoe
 1958 Voice in the Mirror
Dr. Leon Karnes
 1958 King Creole
Maxie Fields
 1952-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Harry
- Code of the Corner (1958) ... Harry
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Charlie Mapes
- To Walk the Night (1957) ... Charlie Mapes
 1957 Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Al Dahlke
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
George Barry / Bill Egan
- The Trouble with Women (1957) ... George Barry
- The Big Vote (1956) ... Bill Egan
 1954-1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Gordon Wagner
- Victim (1957)
- Late Date (1954) ... Gordon Wagner
 1952-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Julian / Major Hunter
- The Legacy (1957) ... Julian
- A Will to Live (1957)
- Flight Report (1954)
- Hollywood Tandem (1953)
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Mel Miller
 1956 Bigger Than Life
Wally Gibbs
 1953-1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "One Nation Indivisible") / (segment "The Abracadabra Kid")
- One Nation Indivisible (1956) ... (segment "One Nation Indivisible")
- The Abracadabra Kid (1953) ... (segment "The Abracadabra Kid")
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Wes Todd
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- Booby Trap (1955)
 1955 The Kentuckian
Stan Bodine
 1954-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
The Bartender
- The Lost Weekend (1955) ... The Bartender
- Dr. Ed (1954)
 1952-1955 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
Stuart Benson / Iago
- Adapt or Die (1954) ... Stuart Benson
- Othello (1953) ... Iago
- The Cipher (1953)
 1952-1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Corliss Price
- Hit a Blue Note (1954)
- The Straight and Narrow (1953) ... Corliss Price
- The Darkroom (1952)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Nothing Personal (1954)
 1954 Center Stage (TV Series)
- The Human Touch (1954)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Dr. Spinelli
- Atomic Attack (1954) ... Dr. Spinelli
 1952-1954 Danger (TV Series)
- A Buck Is a Buck (1952)
 1950-1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Jacobs
- Dry Run (1953)
- The Last Cruise (1950) ... Jacobs
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Lawrence Stevens
- F.O.B. Vienna (1953) ... Lawrence Stevens
 1952 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Coach Burr
- Unaired Pilot ... Coach Burr (uncredited)
 1950-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Extra / Intermission Guest / Craig / ...
- Man at Bay (1952) ... Intermission Guest
- For Goodness Sake (1952) ... Extra (uncredited)
- Cafe Ami (1951) ... Craig
- The Speech (1951) ... Extra (uncredited)
- Manhattan Pastorale (1951) ... Inspector
 1951 Shadow of the Cloak (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: The Grey-Eyed People. Comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Glenda Jackson] She's an absolute dreamboat, the epitome of professionalism, a splendid actress, and she has all the make-up of a fully rounded person. See more »

Trivia:

Once claimed that his wife's name was Carol Wellington-Smythe Marcus, just to give it a more "aristocratic" sound. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly baritone voice and New York accent See more »

Nickname:

Jake

Star Sign:

Libra

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