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Walter Matthau, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Matthau in The Fortune Cookie.

Walter Matthau: Best Supporting Actor 1966: MovieActors.com

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The Fortune Cookie (Comedy)

Walter Matthau won his Supporting Oscar for playing the plotting shady lawyer in The Fortune Cookie.









About Walter Matthau (1920 – 2000)
American character actor who has done many comedies, often playing shady con men, but proved that he could be a dramatic actor as well. Walter Matthau's real name was Walter Matasschanskayasky (or some publications have his real name as Matuchanskayasky). There have also been rumors (that were later confirmed by his children) that his real name was indeed Walter Matthow and he made up the others as a joke.

Walter Matthau was born on October 1st, 1920 in New York City to Russian-Jewish immigrants. He was married twice and had three children, including director Charles Matthau. Even though he was almost always in ill-health (due to 'fast living'), he appeared in many films and Broadway productions. Walter Matthau died early in the morning of July 1, 2000, from a heart attack.

Matthau didn't seriously take up acting until after serving in World War II. During the 1950s he appeared mostly in straight roles in plays, movies and television. By the early sixties Walter Matthau was getting larger parts and had grabbed audiences attention with his performance in supporting roles in such films as Charade (1963), and in Goodbye Charlie (1964).

In 1965 he was paired for the first of many times with actor Jack Lemmon, playing an ambulance-chasing lawyer, a part that got him an Oscar. Walter Matthau would go on to co-star with Lemmon in The Odd Couple (1968) (appearing in the role that he won a Tony for in the Broadway production), The Front Page (1974), and Grumpy Old Men (1993) to name a few.

Walter Matthau was also nominated for Best Actor in 1971 for his performance in Kotch and in 1975 for The Sunshine Boys.

Walter Matthau's notable movie credits include...

The Kentuckian (1955)
The Indian Fighter (1955)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
Ride A Crooked Trail (1958)
Onionhead (1958)
Lonely Are The Brave (1962)
Island Of Love (1963)
charade (1963)
ensign pulver (1964)
fail safe (1964)
goodbye charlie (1964)
a guide for the married man (1967)
the odd couple (1968)
hello dolly (1969)
cactus flower (1969)
plaza suite (1971)
charley varrick (1973)
earthquake (1974)
the taking of pelham 123 (1974)
the front page (1974)
house calls (1978)
hopscotch (1980)
buddy buddy (1981)
pirates (1986)
the couch trip (1988)
jfk (1991)
dennis the menace (1993)
grumpy old men (1993)
i.q. (1994)
grumpier old men (1995)
i'm not rappaport (1996)
the grass harp (1995)
odd couple 2 (1998)
hanging up (2000)

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Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple.

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Walter Matthau in California Suite (1978).

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Walter Matthau in Hanging Up (2000).

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Walter Matthau in House Calls (1978).

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Walter Matthau in The Front Page (1974).

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Matthau in Fail Safe (1964).

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Walter Matthau in Cactus Flower (1969).

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Walter Matthau in Little Miss Marker (1980).

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Matthau in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974).

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Walter Matthau in Hopscotch (1980).

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Walter Matthau in
The Fortune Cookie
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