Walter Matthau
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Walter Matthau
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.
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THE WEEK AHEAD; Sept. 4 — Sept. 10
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Art Robin Pogrebin Mary Wollstonecraft’s treatise “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” — in which she asserted the equality of the sexes — is widely considered a foundation of the modern women’s rights movement. Now the artist MATTHEW BUCKINGHAM is using it as a video monologue in an exhibition at the Brooklyn
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Sept. 4 — Sept. 10 - New York Times
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Walter Matthau plays the harried New York City transit policeman facing a tight deadline. Also being shown is Gordon Douglas's period piece “The Detective” (1968), adapted from Roderick Thorp's best-selling novel and starring Frank Sinatra as a
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On Demand picks - Boston Globe
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The leads, especially Walter Matthau's Einstein, are winning, and director Fred Schepisi's ability to bring the same sweetness that he brought to “Roxanne'' makes it work. (PG; runs through Sept. 15) M*A*S*H (Max on Comcast) Robert Altman's 1970 film
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SOTHEBYS 'A' : Important Jewels at Sotheby's New York - 20 September 2011 - 4-traders (press release)
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Property from the Estate of Mrs. Walter Matthau Platinum, Gold, Ruby and Diamond Ring, Tiffany & Co. Set with a Burmese ruby and diamonds weighing approximately 3.50 carats. Carol Matthau embodied the glamour and refinement of 1950s New York society
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Movie Review: Colombiana - eNews Park Forest
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Many of the movies I loved, including THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, CHARLEY VARRICK, and my favorite crime movie, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 (yes, to me Walter Matthau was THE action hero) were violent, sometimes needlessly so (MR. MAJESTYK, anyone?
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Back in time on 'The Playboy Club' set - Chicago Tribune
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No mug in the history of movies has been quite as witty than the droopy visage of Walter Matthau, who plays the title role in the 1973 crime film "Charley Varrick," about a crop duster who robs a bank and runs afoul of the mob
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Ask the Incredible Inman | True buddy buddies - Louisville Courier-Journal
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David Inman: I am looking for a movie with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Matthau is a paid killer, and Lemmon is always messing things up for him. Can you tell me the title and if it's on DVD? — LM, Columbus City, Iowa Dear LM: That's the 1981 film
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USPS to issue Billy Wilder stamp - UPI.com
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WAP2000070116 - 1 JULY 2000 - WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Actors Jack Lemmon, left, and Walter Matthau pose with Kennedy Center honoree Billy Wilder at a State Department dinner December 12, 1990. Matthau died of a heart attack July 1, at the age of 79
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EXCLUSIVE: Conrad John Schuck and John Rubinstein Will Be Grumpy Old Men ... - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
The world premiere of the musical Grumpy Old Men, based on the 1993 film comedy, will star Conrad John Schuck and Tony Award winner John Rubinstein in roles created by Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, respectively
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Minden begins year-long CVIC Hall centennial - The Record-Courier
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Now a Minden town board member, Stangle has fond memories of the weeks Hollywood star Walter Matthau and other actors spent in the area. Stangle remembers the day Matthau walked into Town & Country, Minden's general store at the time,
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Funny PG Movies For Guys - Screen Junkies
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"The Bad News Bears" (1976): Walter Matthau as a grouchy beer-drinking Coach Morris Buttermaker has to make the misfit Bears into a winning team in order to avenge themselves in a championship game against the Yankees.This is done with the help of
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Brian Dennehy: Finding the laughter inside the darkness - Toronto Star
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Walter Matthau: He had such a wonderful sense of humour. I've known very few people who loved life as much as he did. I wish he hadn't loved gambling quite so much, but that's how it goes, doesn't it? Bob Falls: When he was just starting out as a
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Wiseguys Comedy: Kevin Pollak - Salt Lake City Weekly
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Not too soon after, Kevin was co-starring with icons Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in "Grumpy Old Men" and its' sequel, "Grumpier Old Men". Kevin was offered a plum role opposite Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacy, Bennicio Del Toro and Chaz Palmeteri in a
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THEATER: Powerful 'Last Day' unearths dark secrets at Gloucester Stage - Milford Daily News
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Vetere is a prolific and successful playwright, film and television writer, poet, actor and director. He adapted his play “The Marriage Fool” for television, where it starred Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett, becoming the highest rated CBS movie ever
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Out To Sea... With My Brother - CruiseMates Cruise Guide
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Like many people old enough to remember them, I have long been a fan of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau movies. If memory -- and Google -- serve, the esteemed Messrs. Lemmon and Matthau co-starred in nine movies together
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Vintage Trailer of the Day: The Odd Couple (1968) - Film School Rejects
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Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are in top form here in a surprisingly touching comedy that has sitcom sensibilities. This is the second movie they made together (out of ten), the first being The Fortune Cookie. As it happens, Robert Evans wanted their
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Declan Lynch: Overtaken by spin-monkeys with corporate ambitions - Irish Independent
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And yet there is one massive difference between these characters, and the executive class hacks of News International who have been entertaining us in their own horrible way -- and the difference is, that you could never imagine a Walter Matthau or a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Walter Matthau
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2000
    Age 79
    Matthau suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. He died of a heart attack in Santa Monica on July 1, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He was 79 years old. His remains are interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Less than a year later, the remains of Jack Lemmon (who died of colon and bladder cancer) were buried at the same cemetery. After Matthau's death, Lemmon as well as other friends and relatives had appeared on Larry King Live in an hour of tribute and remembrance; many of those same people appeared on the show one year later, reminiscing about Lemmon. Carol Marcus, also a native of New York, died of a brain aneurysm in 2003. Her remains are buried on top of those of her husband, Matthau. The remains of actor George C. Scott are buried to the left of those of Walter Matthau, in an unmarked grave.
  • 1999
    Age 78
    He was also hospitalized in May 1999 for more than two months owing to pneumonia once more.
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  • 1995
    Age 74
    In December 1995 he had a colon tumor removed; it tested benign.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 55
    In 1976, ten years after his first heart attack, he underwent heart bypass surgery.
    More Details Hide Details After working in freezing Minnesota weather for Grumpy Old Men (1993), he was hospitalized for double pneumonia.
  • FORTIES
  • 1966
    Age 45
    A heavy smoker and drinker, Matthau suffered a heart attack in 1966, the first of at least three in his lifetime.
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  • 1965
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Matthau later reprised the role in the film version, with Jack Lemmon as Felix Ungar. He played detective Ted Casselle in the Hitchcockian thriller Mirage (1965), directed by Edward Dmytryk. He achieved great success in the comedy film, The Fortune Cookie (1966), as a shyster lawyer, William H. "Whiplash Willie" Gingrich, starring opposite Lemmon, and the first of many collaborations with Billy Wilder, and a role that would earn him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Filming had to be placed on a five-month hiatus after Matthau suffered a serious heart attack. He gave up his three pack a day smoking habit as a result. Matthau appeared during the Oscar telecast shortly after having been injured in a bicycle accident; nonetheless, he scolded actors who had not attended the ceremony, especially the other major award winners that night: Paul Scofield, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis.
  • 1962
    Age 41
    He appeared eight times between 1962 and 1964 on The DuPont Show of the Week and as Franklin Gaer in an episode of Dr. Kildare ("Man Is a Rock", 1964).
    More Details Hide Details Additionally he featured in the syndicated crime drama Tallahassee 7000, as a Florida-based state police investigator (1961–62). Comedies were rare in Matthau's work at that time. He was cast in a number of stark dramas, such as Fail Safe (1964), in which he portrayed Pentagon adviser Dr. Groeteschele, who urges an all-out nuclear attack on the Soviet Union in response to an accidental transmission of an attack signal to U.S. Air Force bombers.
    He won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play.
    More Details Hide Details Matthau appeared in the pilot of Mister Peepers (1952) with Wally Cox. For reasons unknown he used the name Leonard Elliot. His role was of the gym teacher Mr. Wall. He made his motion picture debut as a whip-wielding bad guy in The Kentuckian (1955) opposite Burt Lancaster. He played a villain in King Creole (1958), in which he gets beaten up by Elvis Presley). Around the same time, he made Ride a Crooked Trail with Audie Murphy, and Onionhead (both 1958) starring Andy Griffith; the latter was a flop. Matthau had a featured role opposite Griffith in the well received drama A Face in the Crowd (1957), directed by Elia Kazan. Matthau also directed a low-budget movie called The Gangster Story (1960) and was a sympathetic sheriff in Lonely are the Brave (1962), which starred Kirk Douglas. He appeared opposite Audrey Hepburn in Charade (1963).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had two children, Jenny and David, by his first wife, and a son, Charlie Matthau, with his second wife. David is a radio news reporter, currently at WKXW "New Jersey 101.5" in Trenton, New Jersey. Jenny is president of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. Matthau also helped raise his stepchildren, Aram Saroyan and Lucy Saroyan. His grandchildren include William Matthau, an engineer, and Emily Rose Roman, a student at Binghamton University. Charlie Matthau directed his father in The Grass Harp (1995).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Matthau was born Walter John Matthow on October 1, 1920, in New York City's Lower East Side.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Rose (née Berolsky), was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who worked in a garment sweatshop, and his father, Milton Matthow, was a Russian Jewish peddler and electrician, from Kiev, Ukraine. As part of a lifelong love of practical jokes, Matthau himself created the rumors that his middle name was Foghorn and his last name was originally Matuschanskayasky (under which he is credited for a cameo role in the film Earthquake). As a young boy, Matthow attended a Jewish non-profit sleepaway camp, Tranquillity Camp, where he first began acting in the shows the camp would stage on Saturday nights. He also attended Surprise Lake Camp. His high school was Seward Park High School. He worked for a short time as a concession stand cashier in the Yiddish Theater District. During World War II, Matthau served in the U.S. Army Air Forces with the Eighth Air Force in Britain as a B-24 Liberator radioman-gunner, in the same 453rd Bombardment Group as James Stewart. He was based at RAF Old Buckenham, Norfolk during this time. He reached the rank of staff sergeant and became interested in acting.
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