Walter Matthau, Best Supporting Actor 1966: MovieMonday.com

THE FORTUNE COOKIE

(Comedy - NR)

Walter Matthau won his Supporting Oscar for playing the plotting shady lawyer in THE FORTUNE COOKIE.


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 on 7/1/2000 after he had his second heart attack.

Walter Matthau didn't seriously take up acting until after serving in World War II. During the 1950's he appeared mostly in straight roles in plays, movies and television. By the early sixties he was getting larger parts and had grabbed audiences attention with his preformance 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 other films include:

THE KENTUCKIAN
THE INDIAN FIGHTER
A FACE IN THE CROWD
RIDE A CROOKED TRAIL
ONIONHEAD
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE
ISLAND OF LOVE
CHARADE
ENSIGN PULVER
FAIL SAFE
GOODBYE CHARLIE
A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN
THE ODD COUPLE
HELLO DOLLY
CACTUS FLOWER
PLAZA SUITE
CHARLEY VARRICK
EARTHQUAKE
THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123
THE FRONT PAGE
HOUSE CALLS
HOPSCOTCH
BUDDY BUDDY
PIRATES
THE COUCH TRIP
JFK
DENNIS THE MENACE
GRUMPY OLD MEN
I.Q.
GRUMPIER OLD MEN
I'M NOT RAPPAPORT
THE GRASS HARP
ODD COUPLE 2
HANGING UP

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