Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

actor, director, producer

Walter Matthau was born on Oct 01, 1920 in USA. Walter Matthau's big-screen debut came with Lux Video Theatre - Season 1 directed by Richard Goode in 1950, strarring Extra / Intermission Guest / Craig / .... Walter Matthau is known for How the Grinch Stole Christmas! directed by Ray Messecar, Walter Matthau stars as Narrator and as . Walter Matthau has got 12 awards and 15 nominations so far. The most recent award Walter Matthau achieved is Online Film & Television Association. The upcoming new movie Walter Matthau plays is Hanging Up which will be released on Feb 18, 2000.

Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), Drôle de couple (1968), Les grincheux (1993), and Denis la malice (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars.He was born Walter Jake Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1, 1920. His mother was an immigrant from Lithuania and his father was a Russian Jewish peddler and electrician from Kiev, Ukraine. As a young boy, Matthau attended a Jewish non-profit sleep-away camp. He also attended Surprise Lake Camp. His high school was Seward Park High School.During World War II, Matthau served in the U.S. Army Air Forces with the Eighth Air Force in Britain as a Consolidated 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.Matthau appeared in the pilot of Mister Peepers (1952) alongside Wally Cox. He later appeared in the Elia Kazan classic, Un homme dans la foule (1957), opposite Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith, and then appeared in Seuls sont les indomptés (1962), with Kirk Douglas, a film Douglas has often described as his personal favorite. Matthau then appeared in Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. In 1968, Matthau made his big screen appearance as Oscar Madison in Drôle de couple (1968) alongside Jack Lemmon. The two were also in the sequel (Drôle de couple II (1998)) as well as Les grincheux (1993) and Les grincheux 2 (1995). Matthau was in Denis la malice (1993), alongside Mason Gamble. On July 1, 2000, Matthau died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He was 79 years old.

  • Birthday

    Oct 01, 1920
  • Place of Birth

    Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Known For


12 wins & 15 nominations

Online Film & Television Association
Winner - OFTA Film Hall of Fame
American Comedy Awards, USA
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy
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