Walter Matthau

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Date of Birth October 1, 1920
Place of Birth New York City, New York
Date of Death Jul 1, 2000 (79)
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Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau was an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his film roles opposite Jack Lemmon, playing Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, and its 1998 sequel, The Odd Couple II, and Max Goldman in Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men. Matthau also appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Aside from the Oscar, he won BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony awards. On Broadway, Matthau originated the role of Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple play by playwright Neil Simon in 1965.

Born: Walter John Matthow, October 01, 1920, Lower East Side, New York, U.S.
Died: July 01, 2000, Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Resting place: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Nationality: American
Occupation: Actor, singer
Years active: 1944–2000
Notable work: The Odd Couple, The Bad News Bears, The Fortune Cookie, Hopscotch, I.Q, Grumpy Old Men, Dennis the Menace
Children: 3, including Charles Matthau
Awards: Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Tony Award, Golden Globe Award
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About Walter Matthau

Academy Award-winning actor who starred with Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film The Odd Couple. Like Lemmon, Matthau never had any long-running television roles, sticking to TV movies and miniseries.

Before Fame

He attended a Jewish overnight camp, Tranquility Camp, where he began performing in their weekly shows.


He was a very committed actor, and finished filming the film Grumpy Old Men despite freezing temperatures before going to the hospital to be treated for pneumonia.

Family Life

He married Grace Geraldine Johnson in 1948. They divorced ten years later. He later remarried, to Carol Grace. He had three children: Charles, David, and Jenny.


He won an Academy Award for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie.

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