Walter Matthau

Born Oct 1, 1920

Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won an Academy Award for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie.… Read More

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1920 Birth Matthau was born Walter John Matthow on October 1, 1920, in New York City's Lower East Side. … Read More


1948 27 Years Old Matthau was married twice; first to Grace Geraldine Johnson from 1948 to 1958, and then to Carol Marcus from 1959 until he died in 2000. … Read More


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…  He won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play. … Read More
1965 44 Years Old Neil Simon cast him in the play The Odd Couple in 1965, with Matthau playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison, opposite Art Carney as Felix Unger. … Read More
1966 45 Years Old A heavy smoker and drinker, Matthau suffered a heart attack in 1966, the first of at least three in his lifetime.


1976 55 Years Old In 1976, ten years after his first heart attack, he underwent heart bypass surgery. … Read More


1995 74 Years Old In December 1995 he had a colon tumor removed; it tested benign.
1999 78 Years Old He was also hospitalized in May 1999 for more than two months owing to pneumonia once more.
2000 80 Years Old Matthau suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. He died of a heart attack in Santa Monica on July 1, 2000. … Read More
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