|Born||in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|
|Died||in Santa Monica, California, USA (heart attack)|
|Birth Name||Walter Jake Matthow|
|Height||6' 2½" (1.89 m)|
Mini Bio (2)
Walter Matthau was best known for starring in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Dennis the Menace (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, A Face in the Crowd (1957), opposite Patricia Neal and Andy Griffith, and then appeared in Lonely Are the Brave (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 The Odd Couple (1968) alongside Jack Lemmon. The two were also in the sequel (The Odd Couple II (1998)) as well as Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Grumpier Old Men (1995). Matthau was in Dennis the Menace (1993), alongside Mason Gamble. On July 1, 2000, Matthau died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He was 79 years old.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Garchomp2017
Walter's father was a poor Jewish peddler in Kiev, Russia, who went to America in 1911 He saw little of his father who spent little time at home. His mother Rose was a seamstress who worked on ladies underwear. The family were frequently evicted for non payment of rent.. One day when he was in junior high school he fought with a boy called Rocco Barbella, broke his nose and beat him. Rocco years later would become known as World Heavy Weight boxing champion Rocky Graziano. Walter was just over 6 foot by the age of 15 The first money he earned was by selling soda pop and ice cream in Jewish theatres.. Soon he got walk on jobs for 50 cents a night , After graduating from Seward Park High School he got various jobs chopping down trees in Montana, dipping picture frames in gold plating solution then enlisting in WWI in the Air Corps as a radio cryptographer in a European heavy bomber division in Europe. After the war he studied under the G. I. Bill of Rights at the Dramatic School for Social Research in New York and made his Broadway debut in 1948 in ''Anne of the Thousand Days' This was followed by a long string of flops before a hit in 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?' He Won two Tony Awards for his stage work, for 'A shot in the Dark in 1962 and 'The Odd Couple' in 1965.He made his film debut in 1953 in ;The Kentuckian' which he said was terrible .but went onto success receiving an Oscar nomination in 1959 for'Once More With Feeling' and wining an Oscar for 'The Fortune Cookie' in 1966 He married Carol Marcus and they have a Son David, and a daughter Jenny. They each have a son and daughter by previous marriages. He has an older brother, Henry, who lives in New York.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tonyman 5
Carol Grace (21 August 1959 -
1 July 2000) (his death)
Grace Geraldine Johnson (1948 - 1958) (divorced) (2 children)
Matthow , Rose
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|Gangster Story (1959)||$2,500|
|The Odd Couple (1968)||$300,000|
|Candy (1968)||$50,000 plus points|
|Hello, Dolly! (1969)||$500,000 .|
|The Bad News Bears (1976)||$800,000|