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Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau



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The Front Page... Comedy team Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon make the front page in this newspaper... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

Lonely Are The... Academy Award-winner Kirk Douglas gives a highly personal and unforgettable... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Charley... Walter Matthau plays a washed up stunt pilot who now makes a living as a crop... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Died: July 1, 2000
Born: October 1, 1920 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor director producer soda vendor


Specializing in playing curmudgeonly cranks, actor Walter Matthau parlayed his rumpled, hangdog features into a long career in film and on television. Matthau started on the stage and enjoyed lasting success on Broadway, before making the transition to villainous supporting roles in films like "King Creole" (1958) and "Charade" (1963). Following more supporting roles in the comedy sequel "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and the tense political thriller "Fail-Safe" (1964), Matthau partnered for the first time with Jack Lemmon in Billy Wilder's caustic comedy, "The Fortune Cookie" (1966). The pair would go on to star opposite each other in their most famous partnership, "The Odd Couple" (1968), while Matthau branched off as the lead in a number of classic crime thrillers, including "Charlie Varrick" (1973) and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974). He forged another successful, albeit brief partnership with George Burns for "The Sunshine Boys" (1975) and delivered his most popular performance as the beer-swilling manager of a misfit Little League baseball team in "The Bad News Bears" (1976). Matthau spent much of the 1980s in a number of forgettable movies before reuniting with Lemmon for the surprisingly successful "Grumpy Old Men" (1993), which spawned the lesser sequel "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) and the unrelated "Out to Sea" (1997). Though he ended his career with a string of box office misfires, Matthau nonetheless left behind a last legacy that included numerous hit comedies, surprisingly well-acted thrillers, and one of the greatest onscreen partnerships in cinema history.

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