Walter Matthau

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Real Name: Walter John Matthow
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Date: October 01, 1920
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Producer

Walter Matthau Biography

Born Walter Matthow on October 1, 1920, to a pair of Russian-Jewish immigrants in New York City, Matthau grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side and started out selling soft drinks and playing bit parts at a Yiddish theater troupe at age 11. He was paid 50 cents for each of his occasional on-stage appearances. His father, a peddler from Kiev, left home when he was 3 years old. He lived with his older brother, Henry, and their mother, a garment worker, on the Lower East Side of New York. After graduating from Seward Park High School during the Depression, he took government jobs as a forest ranger in Montana, a gym instructor for the Works Progress Administration, and a boxing coach for policemen. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio cryptographer in a heavy bomber unit in Europe and returned home a sergeant with six battle stars.In 1948, his first Broadway role was when he was hired as an understudy for the role of an 83 year old English bishop in 'Anne of the Thousand Days' starring Rex Harrison. His fame came with The Fortune Cookie (1966) and The Odd Couple (1968). While making the former, he suffered a serious heart attack. This was due to heavy smoking and chronic gambling. Matthau immediately quit smoking and began a life-long regime of walking 2-5 miles per day.Matthau's acting career continued to flourish for the next 30 years with him playing memorable lead and supporting characters in both dramatic and comic films, several of them alongside Jack Lemmon. Unbeknownst to his fans, Matthau continued to battle heart disease and was later diagnosed with two forms of cancer. In 1976, he had heart bypass surgery. In 1993, he was hospitalized for double pneumonia. In 1995, he had a benign colon tumor removed. In 1999, he was hospitalized again for pneumonia where he was diagnosed again with cancer. Walter Matthau died on July 1, 2000, at age 79.

Walter Matthau Movies / TV-Shows

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
Hanging Up (2000)
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997)
Out to Sea (1997)
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
The Grass Harp (1995)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
I.Q. (1994)
Incident in a Small Town (1994)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Chaplin (1992)
Laurel & Hardy: A Tribute to the Boys (1992)
JFK (1991)
The Couch Trip (1988)
One Voice (1986)
Pirates (1986)
American Masters (1985)
The Survivors (1983)
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Hopscotch (1980)
Casey's Shadow (1978)
California Suite (1978)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Live from Lincoln Center (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
The Front Page (1974)
Earthquake (1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Charley Varrick (1973)
The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
A New Leaf (1971)
Great Performances (1971)
Plaza Suite (1971)
Cactus Flower (1969)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Candy (1968)
The Odd Couple (1968)
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Goodbye Charlie (1964)
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Fail Safe (1964)
Charade (1963)
The Eleventh Hour (1962)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Route 66 (1960)
Gangster Story (1959)
King Creole (1958)
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958)
Naked City (1958)
Onionhead (1958)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
The Kentuckian (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Climax! (1954)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)

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