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Walter John Matthow net worth:
$10 Million

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Birth date: October 1, 1920
Death date: 2000-07-01
Birth place: Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Height:6' 2½" (1.89 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack, Director
Education:The New School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Grace Geraldine Johnson
Children:David Matthau, Jenny Matthau, , Jenny Matthau
Parents:Milton Matthau, , Rose Matthau, Milton Matthow, Rose Matthow, Milton and Rose Matthow
Siblings:Henry Matthow
Awards:Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Movies:The Odd Couple, The Fortune Cookie, Grumpy Old Men, Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears, Dennis the Menace, Charade, Out to Sea, Grumpier Old Men, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, A New Leaf, The Sunshine Boys, The Odd Couple II, The Front Page, Hello, Dolly!, Hanging Up, Kotch, Fail Safe, Buddy Buddy, Hopscotch, Cactus Flower, A Face in the Crowd, Gangster Story, The Grass Harp, California Suite, The Kentuckian, JFK, The Survivors, Lonely Are the Brave, King Creole, Plaza Suite, First Monday in October, House Calls, A Guide for the Married Man, I'm Not Rappaport, The Couch Trip, Ensign Pulver, Pete 'n' Tillie, The Laughing Policeman, Bigger Than Life, Casey's Shadow, Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures, I.Q., The Indian Fighter, Goodbye Charlie, Love After Death, Onionhead, The Secret Life of an American Wife, Strangers When We Meet, Who's Got the Action?, Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love
TV shows:DuPont Show of the Week, Tallahassee 7000, Goodyear Television Playhouse

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Walter Matthau Net Worth $10 Million

Walter Matthau Net Worth: Walter Matthau was an American performer who had a net worth of $10 million. Walter Matthau was born in Nyc, Ny in October 1920. He worked briefly as a Yiddish Theatre District concession stands cashier. Matthau served in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. During his career he’d over 100 performing credits to his name. His first television characters came in 1950 in the show The Big Story and from 1950 to 1952 in Lux Video Theatre. in 1958. He won the Tony Award for A Shot in the Dark in 1961 and again for The Odd Couple in 1965. His first movie roles came in 1966’s The Kentuckian and The Indian Fighter. Matthau also starred in films like Gangster Story which he also directed and The Fortune Cookie that he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for The Best Performer. He was likewise nominated for a BAFTA Award for Hello, Dolly! and for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Kotch. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for this part as well as for The Bad News Bears. He was again nominated for Golden Globes for Hopscotch and First Monday in October.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hanging Up2000Lou Mozell
The Marriage Fool1998TV MovieFrank Walsh
The Odd Couple II1998Oscar Madison
Out to Sea1997Charlie Gordon
I'm Not Rappaport1996Nat Moyer
Grumpier Old Men1995Max Goldman
The Grass Harp1995Judge Charlie Cool
I.Q.1994Albert Einstein
Incident in a Small Town1994TV MovieHarmon Cobb
Grumpy Old Men1993Max Goldman
Dennis the Menace1993Mr. George Wilson
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore1992TV MovieHarmon Cobb
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!1992VideoNarrator (voice)
JFK1991Senator Long
Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love1991TV MovieClifford Pepperman
The Incident1990TV MovieHarmon Cobb
Il piccolo diavolo1988Maurice
The Couch Trip1988Donald Becker
Pirates1986Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red
Movers & Shakers1985Joe Mulholland
The Survivors1983Sonny Paluso
I Ought to Be in Pictures1982Herbert Tucker
Buddy Buddy1981Trabucco
First Monday in October1981Dan Snow
Hopscotch1980Miles Kendig James Butler Mr. Hannaway ...
Little Miss Marker1980Sorrowful Jones
The Stingiest Man in Town1978TV MovieEbenezer Scrooge (voice)
California Suite1978Marvin Michaels
Casey's Shadow1978Lloyd Bourdelle
House Calls1978Dr. Charley Nichols
Actor1978TV MovieBoris Thomashevsky
Insight1977TV SeriesAdam
The Bad News Bears1976Coach Morris Buttermaker
The Sunshine Boys1975/IWilly Clark
The Front Page1974Walter Burns
Earthquake1974Drunk (as Walter Matuschanskayasky)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three1974Police Lt. Zachary Garber
The Laughing Policeman1973Jake Martin
Charley Varrick1973Charley Varrick
Pete 'n' Tillie1972Pete
Awake and Sing1972TV MovieMoe Axelrod
Kotch1971Joseph P. Kotcher
Plaza Suite1971Roy Hubley / Jesse Kiplinger / Sam Nash
A New Leaf1971Henry Graham
Cactus Flower1969Dr. Julian Winston
Hello, Dolly!1969Horace Vandergelder
Candy1968Gen. R.A. Smight
The Secret Life of an American Wife1968The Movie Star
The Odd Couple1968Oscar Madison
A Guide for the Married Man1967Paul Manning
The Fortune Cookie1966Willie Gingrich
Mirage1965Ted Caselle
Profiles in Courage1964-1965TV SeriesAndrew Johnson / Gov. John Slaton
Goodbye Charlie1964Sir Leopold Sartori
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesFranklin Gaer
Fail-Safe1964Groeteschele
The Rogues1964TV SeriesAram Rodesko
Ensign Pulver1964Doc
The DuPont Show of the Week1962-1964TV SeriesNarrator / Tony Maruzella / Harley Downing / ...
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesTom Gregory
Charade1963Hamilton Bartholomew
Island of Love1963Tony Dallas
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesCharles Thatcher
Naked City1960-1962TV SeriesDr. Max Lewine / Peter Kanopolis
Who's Got the Action?1962Tony Gagouts
Lonely Are the Brave1962Sheriff Morey Johnson
General Electric Theater1956-1962TV SeriesTom Dutton
Target: The Corruptors1961-1962TV SeriesMichael Callahan / Martin 'Books' Kramer
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958-1961TV SeriesPhil / Harry Wade / Moran / ...
Route 661961TV SeriesSam Keep
Tallahassee 70001961TV SeriesLex Rogers
Our American Heritage1960TV SeriesJohn Overton
Play of the Week1960TV SeriesJames Hyland / Joxer Daly
Strangers When We Meet1960Felix Anders
Juno and the Paycock1960TV Movie
Gangster Story1959Jack Martin
Onionhead1958'Red' Wildoe
Ride a Crooked Trail1958Judge Kyle
Voice in the Mirror1958Dr. Leon Karnes
King Creole1958Maxie Fields
Kraft Theatre1952-1958TV SeriesHarry
Climax!1957TV SeriesCharlie Mapes
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue1957Al Dahlke
The Alcoa Hour1956-1957TV SeriesGeorge Barry / Bill Egan
The United States Steel Hour1954-1957TV SeriesGordon Wagner
Goodyear Playhouse1952-1957TV SeriesJulian / Major Hunter
A Face in the Crowd1957Mel Miller
Bigger Than Life1956Wally Gibbs
The Indian Fighter1955Wes Todd
Justice1955TV Series
The Kentuckian1955Stan Bodine
Robert Montgomery Presents1954-1955TV SeriesThe Bartender
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1952-1955TV SeriesStuart Benson / Iago
Armstrong Circle Theatre1952-1954TV SeriesCorliss Price
Ponds Theater1954TV Series
Center Stage1954TV Series
The Motorola Television Hour1954TV SeriesDr. Spinelli
Danger1952-1954TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1950-1953TV SeriesJacobs
Campbell Summer Soundstage1953TV Series
Suspense1953TV SeriesLawrence Stevens
Mister Peepers1952TV SeriesCoach Burr
Lux Video Theatre1950-1952TV SeriesExtra / Intermission Guest / Craig / ...
Shadow of the Cloak1951TV Series
The Big Story1950TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I.Q.1994performer: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" - uncredited
Pirates1986performer: "The Maid of Amsterdam A-Rovin'", "Il était un petit navire" - uncredited
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV Special performer: "She Looks Like Helen Brown"
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV Special performer: "It All Comes Down to This"
The Stingiest Man in Town1978TV Movie performer: "Humbug!", "One Little Boy", "The Christmas Spirit reprise", "Mankind Should Be My Business"
The George Burns Special1976TV Special performer: "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning"
Hello, Dolly!1969"Hello, Dolly!" 1964, uncredited / performer: "It Takes a Woman" 1964, "So Long, Dearie" 1964 1964, "Finale" Medley 1964 - uncredited
The Odd Couple1968performer: "Rule Britannia" 1740 - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gangster Story1959

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Miss Marker1980executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Making Life Beautiful1999TV Short documentary thanks
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary in loving memory of
Chaplin1992thanks
Doin' Time on Planet Earth1988special thanks - as Mr. Walter Matthau

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Barbra: The Concert1995TV Special documentaryHimself - Concert Conductor (uncredited)
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
A Menace Named Dennis1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHimself
The Making of The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America1993DocumentaryNarrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHimself
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy1992TV Special documentaryHimself
The Secrets of Dick Smith1991TV Short documentaryHimself - Discussing The Sunshine Boys
The Movie Awards1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck1987TV Special documentaryHimself
A Beverly Hills Christmas1987TV MovieHimself
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala1987TV MovieHimself - Performer
Presley1987TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson1987TV MovieHimself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Special Award to Jackie Mason
The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Parkinson One to One1987TV Series
Great Performances1987TV SeriesHimself
The Annual Tel Aviv Gala Presents a Salute to Goldie Hawn1987TV MovieHimself - Speaker
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Change of Heart1987TV Short documentaryHimself
One Voice1986TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1986TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The Annual Variety Club's Big Heart Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV SpecialHimself
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Young Performer in a Motion Picture
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-Host
Live from Lincoln Center1982TV SeriesHimself
Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder1982DocumentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Clapper Board1980TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself (Filmed) / Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself / Speaker (uncredited)
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle1980TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1978TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Funny Business1978TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1978TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 15th Annual Publicists Guild Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Making of 'Casey's Shadow'1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
The George Burns Special1976TV SpecialWalter Matthau
The Gentleman Tramp1976DocumentaryNarrator
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Jack Lemmon: A Twist of Lemmon1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lion Roars Again1975Documentary shortHimself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Sunshine Boys1975/IIDocumentary shortHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 24th Annual Tony Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Host
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards1970TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing & Honorary Award to John Chambers
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV SpecialHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Carol Channing and 101 Men1968TV MovieHimself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in Supporting Role
Cinema1967TV Series documentaryHimself
The 19th Annual Tony Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Performance by Leading Actor in a Play
The 17th Annual Tony Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 16th Annual Tony Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself
Making Life Beautiful1999TV Short documentaryHimself
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998DocumentaryHimself - interviewee
Private Screenings1998TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
American Masters1998TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Elvis: His Life and Times1997TV Special
The 11th Annual American Comedy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jack Lemmon1996TV MovieHimself
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Motion Picture
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesOscar Madison
Hollywoods Spaßfabrik - Als die Bilder Lachen lernten2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1980-19892013TV Movie documentaryHimself
À l'abordage - L'aventure de pirates2009Video documentaryHimself
60/902008TV SeriesOscar Madison
American Masters2007TV Series documentaryPete
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieOscar Madison
Battleground2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Last Mogul2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Great Man: W.C. Fields2005Video documentaryHimself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself
Elvis at the Movies2002Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part I: 1956-19612002Video documentaryHimself
The Kid Stays in the Picture2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Here's Hal: Hal Riddle2001Documentary short'Red' Wildoe
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryHorace Vandergelder
Backstory2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 21999TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Best of the Don Lane Show1994TV MovieHimself
Chaplin1992Himself - Oscar Sequence (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
1997Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1993Lifetime Achievement AwardShoWest Convention, USA
1982Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 9 March 1982. At 6357 Hollywood Blvd.
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Sunshine Boys (1975)
1975DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Front Page (1974)· Jack Lemmon
1974BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorCharley Varrick (1973)
1971KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorKotch (1971)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Comedy PerformanceThe Odd Couple (1968)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Supporting PerformanceThe Fortune Cookie (1966)
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Fortune Cookie (1966)
1966KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Fortune Cookie (1966)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalFirst Monday in October (1981)
1981Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsMost Annoying Fake Accent: MaleBuddy Buddy (1981)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalHopscotch (1980)
1977BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe Bad News Bears (1976)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Sunshine Boys (1975)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Front Page (1974)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalPete 'n' Tillie (1972)
1972OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleKotch (1971)
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalKotch (1971)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star8th place.
1970BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Odd Couple (1968)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star9th place.
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Fortune Cookie (1966)
1963Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe DuPont Show of the Week (1961)

TitleSalary
The Bad News Bears (1976)$800,000
Candy (1968)$50,000 plus points
The Odd Couple (1968)$300,000
Gangster Story (1959)$2,500

#Fact
1Told the editors of AFI's "Private Screenings" that John Ford's The Informer (1935) is his favorite film.
2When he accepted his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Fortune Cookie (1966), he showed up on stage with a cast in one of his arms, to which presenter Shelley Winters said: "You had a tough time getting in here". During his speech, Matthau mentioned that he fell from his bicycle a few days earlier.
3Played Albert Einstein in the film I.Q. (1994) even though he was a half-foot taller than the famous scientist.
4Had one sibling, an older brother named Henry Matthow (born July 14, 1918; died May 21, 1995, in Long Beach, NY. His mother, Rose Matthow, was born December 15, 1894, and died in Pacific Palisades, CA, in January 1979.
5During the filming of Hello, Dolly! (1969), he clashed with Barbra Streisand and disliked her so intensely that he refused to be around her except when required to do so by the script. He is famously quoted as telling Streisand that she "had no more talent than a butterfly's fart." Interestingly, he is clearly seen in the audience at the One Voice (1986) concert at her Malibu ranch, where invitation-only guests had the privilege of paying $5,000 per couple to help establish the Streisand Foundation, which supports numerous charitable organizations. Apparently, he did not hold grudges.
6Appeared in Ensign Pulver (1964), the sequel to Mister Roberts (1955), for which his friend Jack Lemmon won an Oscar.
7Screen-tested for the part of Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch (1955). After seeing his test, director Billy Wilder believed he had found his leading man. Unfortunately, executives at 20th Century-Fox were unwilling to take a risk on an unknown newcomer. Because of this, the role went to Tom Ewell, who had originated the role on Broadway.
8He and Jack Lemmon acted together in nine movies: Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), The Grass Harp (1995), Grumpier Old Men (1995), Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Odd Couple II (1998), The Odd Couple (1968) and Out to Sea (1997). Lemmon also directed Matthau in Kotch (1971). Lemmon and Matthau also both appeared in JFK (1991), but had no scenes together.
9Dealt with a gambling addiction his entire adult life.
10Won two Tony Awards: in 1962, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "A Shot in the Dark," and in 1965 as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "The Odd Couple," recreating his part as Oscar Madison in the film version of the same name, The Odd Couple (1968). Previously, he also had a Tony nomination in 1959 as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Once More, with Feeling."
11Dan Castellaneta has said that his original voice for Homer Simpson was simply an impression of Matthau.
12Very tall as young man (6' 3"), Matthau had a very slouchy posture by the time he was an actor. This was in part due to back injuries attained in combat in World War II, but he probably exaggerated it because the slouch fitted his miserly characters.
13Stepfather of Lucy Saroyan and Aram Saroyan.
14Father, with Grace Geraldine Johnson, of son David Matthau and daughter Jenny Matthau. Father, with Carol Grace, of son Charles Matthau.
15Was passionate about classical music and often sang pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the set.
16According to son Charles Matthau, Walter's real name was Walter Matthow, but he changed it to Walter Matuschanskayasky to sound more exotic.
17Reports are that he made up "Matuschanskayasky" as a joke and that his real "real" name is Matthow. The existence of Michelle Matthow would seem to confirm this...
18Uncle of Juliette Gruber.
19After filming Grumpy Old Men (1993) in 1993 in freezing weather in Minnesota, he was hospitalized for double pneumonia.
20While making a TV series in Florida before his movie stardom, he lost $183,000 betting on spring-training baseball games.
21He once estimated his lifetime gambling losses at $5 million.
22Served in the US Army Air Force, 8th Air Force, 453rd Bombardment Group in England with James Stewart.
23Studied in the dramatic workshop at New York's New School with Gene Saks, Rod Steiger, Harry Guardino and Tony Curtis.
24When he inscribed himself formally to the U.S. Social Security in 1937, he included "Foghorn" as his middle name. He never changed it.
25Once claimed that his wife's name was Carol Wellington-Smythe Marcus, just to give it a more "aristocratic" sound.
26He once claimed that his father was an Orthodox priest in Czarist Russia, who was removed after he claimed that the Pope was infallible.
27He hated to be identified as a comedic actor.
28People were never sure if he was joking or saying things seriously, either on-screen or off-screen.
29Buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Natalie Wood, Donna Reed, among other stars are buried at this cemetery.
30Brought to the St. John's Health Center by ambulance after suffering a heart attack and was pronounced dead shortly afterward at 1:42 a.m.
31Big break came when understudying the actor who played the Archbishop in "Anne Of The Thousand Days," starring Rex Harrison.

#Quote
1[on The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)] My first day of work was in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn. You can't get any lower than that. Before this journey underground, I hadn't been on the trains for years. I can remember the time of my youth when I didn't even have enough money to buy a token -- and that was when they cost five cents!
2[on Barbara Stanwyck] Here was an actress that never played just one side of a character. She always played the truth. I once asked Barbara Stanwyck the secret of acting, and she said, "Just be truthful, and if you can fake that, you've got it made."
3[1984 remark on Barbra Streisand] The most extraordinary ... er ... uninteresting person I have ever met. I just found her to be a terrible bore ... She was doing something and asked the director if I wouldn't mind saying my lines in a certain way. I think I said something to her like, "I was acting before you were born, so please don't tell me how to act." And she said, in her own inimitable way, "Is this guy crazy or something?".
4[on Barbra Streisand] I had no disagreement with Barbra Streisand. I was merely exasperated at her tendency to be a complete megalomaniac.
5[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.
6A lot of parts I want they give to Robert Redford.
7He [Elvis Presley] was an instinctive actor...He was quite bright...he was very intelligent...He was not a punk. He was very elegant, sedate, and refined, and sophisticated.
8I'd love to work with Barbra Streisand again. In something appropriate. Perhaps, Macbeth.
9To be successful in show business, all you need are 50 good breaks.
10'Get out of show business.' It's the best advice I ever got, because I'm so stubborn that if someone would tell me that, I would stay in it to the bitter end.
11The first girl you go to bed with is always pretty.
12I always had one ear offstage, listening for the call from the bookie.
13Every actor looks all his life for a part that will combine his talents with his personality. The Odd Couple (1968) was mine. That was the plutonium I needed. It all started happening after that.
14I never mind my wife having the last word. In fact, I'm delighted when she gets to it.
15I think doing comedy is more difficult ... than doing noncomedic or tragic or whatever you want to call it. "Because it's difficult to make all kinds of different audiences understand what you're doing, and moving you to laughter.

#Trademark
1Gravelly baritone voice and New York accent
2Craggy, hangdog face
3Slouching posture
4Deadpan voice
5Frequently worked with Jack Lemmon
6Often worked with Billy Wilder

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