Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau

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Name: Walter Matthau
Occupation: Actor
Gender: Male
Height: 189 cm (6' 3'')
Birth Day: October 1, 1920
Death Date: Jul 1, 2000 (age 79)
Age: Aged 79
Birth Place: New York City, United States
Zodiac Sign: Libra

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Height: 189 cm (6' 3'')
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Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau was born on October 1, 1920 in New York City, United States (79 years old). Walter Matthau is an Actor, zodiac sign: Libra. Find out Walter Matthaunet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Academy Award-winning actor who starred with Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film The Odd Couple. Like Lemmon, Matthau never had any long-running television roles, sticking to TV movies and miniseries.


He was a very committed actor, and finished filming the film Grumpy Old Men despite freezing temperatures before going to the hospital to be treated for pneumonia.

Does Walter Matthau Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Walter Matthau died on Jul 1, 2000 (age 79).

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$10 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He attended a Jewish overnight camp, Tranquility Camp, where he began performing in their weekly shows.

Biography Timeline


Matthau was born Walter John Matthow on October 1, 1920, in New York City's Lower East Side.


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. Neil Simon cast him in the play The Odd Couple in 1965, with Matthau playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison, opposite Art Carney as Felix Ungar. 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.


A heavy smoker, Matthau had a heart attack in 1966, the first of at least three in his lifetime.


In 1976, ten years after his first heart attack, he underwent heart bypass surgery. After working in freezing Minnesota weather for Grumpy Old Men (1993), he was hospitalized for double pneumonia. In December 1995, he had a colon tumor removed, apparently successfully as there was no mention of cancer in his death certificate. He was hospitalized in May 1999 for more than two months, owing again to pneumonia.


The next year, he was nominated again for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor—Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the fictional Associate Justice Daniel Snow in First Monday in October (1981), The film was about the (fictional) first appointment of a woman (played by Jill Clayburgh) to the Supreme Court of the United States. It was scheduled for release in 1982, but when President Ronald Reagan named Sandra Day O'Connor in July 1981, the release date was moved up to August 1981. New York Times critic Janet Maslin disliked the film but praised Matthau's performance. Matthau portrayed Herbert Tucker in I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982), with Ann-Margret and Dinah Manoff. Matthau took the leading role of Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red in Roman Polanski's swashbuckler Pirates (1986).


Matthau was married twice; first to Grace Geraldine Johnson from 1948 to 1958, and then to Carol Marcus from 1959 until his death in 2000. He had two children, Jenny and David, by his first wife, and a son, Charlie Matthau, with his second wife. Matthau also helped raise his stepchildren, Aram Saroyan and Lucy Saroyan.

In addition to colon cancer, Matthau had atherosclerotic heart disease during the last years of his life. In the late evening of June 30, 2000, he had a heart attack at his home and was taken by ambulance to the St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica where he died a few hours later at 1:42 a.m. on July 1, 2000. He was 79 years old. He was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Matthau's wife Carol Marcus died in 2003, and her body was interred in the same grave as her husband.

Family Life

Walter married Grace Geraldine Johnson in 1948. They divorced ten years later. Walter later remarried, to Carol Grace. Walter had three children: Charles, David, and Jenny. 

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Walter Matthau is 101 years, 10 months and 7 days old. Walter Matthau will celebrate 102nd birthday on a Saturday 1st of October 2022. Below we countdown to Walter Matthau upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

96th birthday - Saturday, October 1, 2016

Actor Walter Matthau attends Charles Marcus' 96th Birthday Party on...

Actor Walter Matthau attends Charles Marcus' 96th Birthday Party on January 3, 1981 at The Bistro in Beverly Hills, California.

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90th birthday - Friday, October 1, 2010

Actor Walter Matthau attends Milton Berle's 90th Birthday Celebration...

Actor Walter Matthau attends Milton Berle's 90th Birthday Celebration on January 11, 1986 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.

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