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Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau


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Also Known As: Died: July 1, 2000
Born: October 1, 1920 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Gangster Story (1959) as Director
An ambitious gangster and his chief rival team for a daring heist.

Cast (feature film)

Hanging Up (2000)
Three sisters grow closer to one another as they cope with their dying father, an alcoholic ex-screenwriter who never enjoyed a close relationship with his daughters. Georgia is a high-powered magazine editor, Maddy a budding soap star and Eve a married professional party planner. When Eve must pla
Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, The (1998)
Portrait of baseball's first Jewish star. Bronx-born Hank Greenberg's achievements during the "Golden Age of Baseball" in the 1930s and '40s rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He also helped break down the barriers of discrimination in American sports and society. Greenberg was a beacon of h
Marriage Fool, The (1998) as Frank Walsh
Frank Walsh, a widower after 41 years of marriage meets and falls for Florence, an extroverted woman quite different from his late wife. The relationship brings out a joyful, spirited side of Frank but his grown children make it clear they do not approve of her. The disapproval of his eldest son Rob
Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998)
Seventeen years after living together, sportswriter and incurable slob Oscar Madison and the obsessively neat Felix Ungar meet once again when Felix''s daughter decides to marry Oscar''s son. Meeting a LAX, they head out together to the desert community where the wedding will take place until Oscar loses the map, prompting Felix to whine, Oscar to complain, and both to get on each other''s nerves.
Out to Sea (1997)
Herb and Charlie, a couple of mis-matched brothers-in-law, are hired by a cruise ship to dance with widowed women. Trouble ensues, however, when they begin scheming to cheat some of the women out of their money. While Charlie continues to chase the beautiful and wealthy Liz, Herb unexpectedly finds
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996) as Interviewee
Biographical documentary of actor Jack Lemmon.
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
This inspirational celebration of the lunacy and levity of life follows two of the most captivating characters you've ever met, who comically and heroically tilt at the injustices around them. Nat and Midge meet regularly in Central Park, but at first glance you might not know why. Nat is a feisty,
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Summertime has come to Wabasha, Minnesota, and mosquito-slapping in canoes has replaced shivering in ice shanties as the local fishing ritual. Even the decades-old battle of one-upmanship between next-door neighbors John Gustafson and Max Goldman has mellowed. With John happily and newly married to Ariel, Max is left without a sparring partner. Until the arrival of Maria Ragetti who has taken over Chuck''s legendary bait store and has the unspeakable, sacrilegious notion to threaten the cherished fishing hole and its rustic way of life by converting the store into a romantic Italian ristorante. To keep that from happening, John and Max begin a strategic campaign of innuendo, gossip and sabotage that spreads quickly through town. But the pair aren''t prepared for the fortitude of Maria, who has no intention of surrendering so easily. As she returns their volleys, insult-for-insult and prank-for-prank, not only does she threaten to win the war, but to win Max''s heart as well.
Grass Harp, The (1995)
Based on the novel by Truman Capote, the story is set in the 1940s in a small southern town. After his mother dies, Collin Fenwick, comes to live with his father's maiden cousins, Verena and Dolly Talbo. Verena is a rigid and proper businesswoman who owns half the stores in their small town. Collin
Incident in a Small Town (1994)
The third television movie featuring the characters, lawyer Harmon Cobb and Judge Bell. In this telefilm, set in Baltimore in 1953, Harmon Cobb comes to the defense of Judge Bell, who stands accused of killing the abusive father of his daughter's child.
I.Q. (1994) as Albert Einstein
Set in Princeton, N.J. in the mid-1950s, the scientific genius Albert Einstein is cast in the role of a most unlikely Cupid when his brainy niece, Catherine, becomes engaged to an equally scholarly but conniving psychologist. Foreseeing a bleak future for Catherine if she goes through with the marri
Dennis The Menace (1993)
Live-action film version of the comic strip, created in the early 1950s, about a young boy and his unusual view of the world.
Grumpy Old Men (1993) as Max Goldman
A longtime feud heats up when the men become rivals for a sexy new neighbor.
Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)
The conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy is examined through interviews of people involved in the real-life investigation and others involved in the making of the Oliver Stone picture "JFK".
Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore (1992)
A lawyer and his family move to Baltimore where he becomes the law partner of his old adversary and gets involved in the case of a woman wrongly imprisoned in a mental institution.
Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love (1991)
An orphaned nine-year-old and his aging grandmother disappear to avoid authorities who believe that she can no longer care for him.
JFK (Director's Cut) (1991)
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand da
JFK (1991)
A New Orleans district attorney fights to uncover the truth behind President Kennedy''''s assassination.
Incident, The (1990)
A mysterious murder takes place in a prisoner of war camp in a small town in Colorado during World War II. A local lawyer with a son fighting in Europe is coerced into defending a German POW accused of murdering the local man, who was also the lawyer's friend.
Little Devil, The (1988) as Maurice
After exorcising a devil from an apartment, a priest is accompanied on his travels by the amusing entity.
Couch Trip, The (1988)
An escaped mental patient claims to be a famous shrink and lands a gig as a radio psychologist.
Pirates (1986)
Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red, a peg-legged British pirate, is captured by Don Alfonso, captain of the Spanish galleon Neptune. Eventually, Red causes the Neptune's crew to mutiny, abducts the niece of the governor of Maracaibo, and steals a golden Aztec throne from the Spaniards.
Movers And Shakers (1985) as Joe Mulholland
A Hollywood studio head promises a dying friend to turn a notorious sex manual into a movie.
The Survivors (1983)
Two unemployed men become targets of a hit man whose crime they witnessed.
I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) as Herbert Tucker
A has-been Hollywood writer is suddenly confronted with his family whom he had abandoned many years before.
First Monday in October (1981)
Conflict erupts when the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court takes her seat on the bench and her conservative views are in sharp contradiction to her peers of the court.
Buddy, Buddy (1981) as Trabucco
A suicidal neurotic keeps getting between a hit man and his job.
Hopscotch (1980)
A retired CIA agent threatens to publish an embarrassing book of memoirs about his colleagues.
Little Miss Marker (1980) as Sorrowful Jones
Set during the Great Depression, a precocious little girl is left as an I.O.U. with an irascible bookie.
California Suite (1978)
Four sets of guests at a posh hotel face personal crises.
House Calls (1978) as Dr Charley Nichols
Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age, who immediately and unexpectedly captures his heart.
Casey's Shadow (1978)
A young boy from a racing family tries to turn his pet horse into a champion.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
The coach of a losing little league team brings in a female pitcher.
Gentleman Tramp (1975)
A video biography of the Little Tramp who appeared on the silver screen in 1913 and changed motion picture history.
The Sunshine Boys (1975)
A feuding comedy team reunites for a television comeback.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Gunmen hold a New York subway train and its passengers for ransom.
The Front Page (1974)
A ruthless editor tries to get his top reporter to cover one more crime story before retirement.
Charley Varrick (1973)
A band of small-time crooks accidentally steals the mob''''s money.
Laughing Policeman, The (1973)
A policeman is among the victims when the passengers of a late-night bus are machine-gunned. With only one semi- conscious survivor and no other witnesses, the detectives try to learn from the identities of the dead why this happened and who the killer could be. Climax includes excellent chase.
Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) as Pete [Seltzer]
A fun-loving bachelor woos and weds a secretary, but the bonds of this marriage aren't strong enough to stop his philandering from continuing.
A New Leaf (1971) as Henry Graham
A playboy squanders his wealth and must seek out a new source to maintain his idle rich lifestyle, namely marrying a rich woman and ... murdering her.
Kotch (1971) as Joseph P. Kotcher
Alienated from his son''''s family, an elderly man becomes infatuated with a pregnant teen.
Plaza Suite (1971) as Roy Hubley/Jesse Kiplinger/Sam Nash
A New York hotel room is the setting for three stories of romantic squabbles.
Cactus Flower (1969) as Julian Winston
A philandering dentist asks his assistant to help him deal with his latest girlfriend.
Hello, Dolly! (1969) as Horace Vandergelder
A widowed matchmaker sets her sights on a wealthy man looking for a rich, young wife.
Candy (1968) as General Smight
Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a sendup of Voltaire's -Candide-. Young Candy is a college girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.
The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968) as Movie Star "Charlie"
An insecure housewife has an affair with a well-known cinema actor, in order to prove to her husband that she's still a desireable woman.
The Odd Couple (1968) as Oscar Madison
A divorced neat freak moves in with his sloppy best friend.
A Guide for the Married Man (1967) as Paul Manning
Robert Morse and Walter Mathau are friends. Though both are married, Mathau discovers Morris is fooling around. When asked about it, Morse passes on the oral history and guide to fooling around without your wife finding out. This is done by a series of vignettes with cameos from famous actors that illustrate the point Morse wants to make. Between pieces of advice, we follow Matheau as he begins to prepare for his big affair.
The Fortune Cookie (1966) as Willie Gingrich
A crooked lawyer trumps up an insurance case for a cameraman injured at a pro football game.
Mirage (1965) as Ted Caselle
A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.
Goodbye Charlie (1964) as Sir Leopold Sartori
When a cavorting Hollwood writer is killed by the angry husband of a woman he was having an affair with, he comes back as a spirit in the form of a beautiful woman and moves in with his/her best friend as a base of operation for enacting sweet revenge.
Fail Safe (1964) as Groeteschele
A failure in the U.S. defense system threatens to start World War III.
Ensign Pulver (1964) as Doc
A young officer on a World War II supply ship battles his captain to keep the men happy.
Charade (1963) as Hamilton Bartholomew/Carson Dyle
A beautiful widow tries to find her husband's lost fortune while eluding the killers who want it themselves.
Island of Love (1963) as Tony Dallas
A con artist scams a gangster into financing his movie.
Who's Got the Action? (1962) as Tony Gagoots
When Steve Flood's marriage is threatened by his gambling ways, his desperate wife concocts a scheme whereby she becomes his bookie. Suddenly he goes on a winning streak and the mob goes after her to eliminate their competition.
Lonely Are the Brave (1962) as Sheriff Johnson
A modern-day cowboy defies the law in order to live a free man.
Strangers When We Meet (1960) as Felix Anders
An extramarital affair threatens the fortunes of two families.
Gangster Story (1959) as Jack Martin
An ambitious gangster and his chief rival team for a daring heist.
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) as Judge Kyle
An outlaw is mistaken for a U.S. marshal while planning a bank robbery.
Voice in the Mirror (1958) as Dr. Leon Karnes
An artist turns to drink when his daughter dies suddenly.
King Creole (1958) as Maxie Fields
A singer with a criminal past gets drawn back into the mob.
Onionhead (1958) as "Red" Wildoe
An irresponsible student enlists in the Coast Guard expecting to sit out World War II.
A Face in the Crowd (1957) as Mel Miller
A female radio reporter turns a folk-singing drifter into a powerful media star.
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957) as Al Dahlke
While investigating a dockside murder, a DA uncovers union racketeering.
Bigger Than Life (1956) as Wally Gibbs
A "miracle" drug threatens a family man's sanity.
The Indian Fighter (1955) as Wes Todd
A trail guide has to bring two crooked traders to justice to save his wagon train from Indian attack.
The Kentuckian (1955) as Stan Bodine
A backwoodsman and his son fight to build a new home in Texas.

Producer (feature film)

Little Miss Marker (1980) as Executive Producer
Set during the Great Depression, a precocious little girl is left as an I.O.U. with an irascible bookie.

Special Thanks (feature film)

Chaplin (1992)
Biographical film on Charlie Chaplin: from his impoverished youth in London through the formative years of film and his emergence in Hollywood''s Golden Age, up until his acceptance, late in life, of a special Academy Award.

Cast (special)

Neil Simon: The People's Playwright (1999)
Profile of playwright Neil Simon.
Lives of Lillian Hellman, The (1999)
Documentary about controversial playwright Lillian Hellman.
70th Annual Academy Awards, The (1998)
Live presentation of the 70th annual Academy Awards.
Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy (1998)
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
Private Screenings: Lemon/Matthau (1998) as Interviewee
Robert Osborne hosts this TCM original series featuring an exclusive interview with the original Odd Couple.
Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy (1998)
Profile of Billy Wilder, one of the most successful film directors, producers and screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age.
GI Bill: The Law That Changed America, The (1997)
Chronicles the GI Bill, passed by Congress in the closing months of World War II, that guaranteed education, housing and business loans to 15 million veterans, creating the largest middle class in the world.
Jack Lemmon (1996)
Documentary examination of the life and career of actor Jack Lemmon. Features sequences from his films and the recollections of his peers.
21st Annual People's Choice Awards, The (1995)
Live presentation of the 21st Annual People's Choice Awards, honoring entertainers in the fields of television, motion pictures and music, as determined by a special Gallup Poll.
1994 People's Choice Awards (1994)
A live special honoring America's favorite entertainers in the fields of television, motion pictures and music, as determined by a special Gallup Poll.
First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame, The (1993)
Presentation of the first annual Comedy Hall of Fame awards. Includes tributes to lifetime achievement recipients Carol Burnett, George Burns, Walter Matthau, Jonathan Winters, Milton Berle and Red Skelton.
Elvis: His Life and Times (1993)
Documentary on the life and career of Elvis Presley.
Menace Called Dennis, A (1993)
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the feature film, "Dennis the Menace."
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Compilation of excerpts from interviews conducted in the past 17 years by Barbara Walters in which well-known personalities discuss their experiences with love, romance relationships and marriage.
Laurel & Hardy: A Tribute to the Boys (1992)
A special commemorating the comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy on the occasion of the 100th birthdates of Hardy and Hal Roach, the director of most of their movies. Included are colorized clips from their movies and interviews with several of today's comedians.
48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, The (1991)
A live telecast of the forty-eighth annual Golden Globe Awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for achievement in film and television.
Movie Awards, The (1991)
A live broadcast of "The Movie Awards" based on box-office performance. Nominees are chosen from the top-10 grossing films of 1990, and winners chosen by balloting in movie theaters.
62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1990)
Live coverage of the sixty-second annual Academy Awards ceremony from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Portions of the ceremony were beamed via satellite to Moscow, London, Tokyo, Sydney, and Buenos Aires.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1990)
A broadcast of the thirteenth annual gala tribute to the distinguished artists who are recipients of the 1990 Kennedy Center Honors. This year's recipients are jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, actress Katharine Hepburn, opera singer Rise Stevens, composer Jule Styne and film director Billy Wilder.
16th Annual People's Choice Awards, The (1990)
A live presentation of the sixteenth annual "People's Choice Awards" honoring America's favorite entertainers, in which the public determines the winners by a special Gallup Poll.
61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1989)
Live coverage of the sixty-first annual Academy Awards ceremony from the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Highlights include: an opening production number which recreates Hollywood's glittering past and such landmarks as the Cocoanut Grove and the Chinese Theater; a tribute to the great musi
3rd Annual American Comedy Awards, The (1989)
A live presentation of the third annual American Comedy Awards honoring top comedic performers in all forms of American entertainment. Included is a showcase of new comedy stars as well as some of America's top comedians. Neil Simon is the recipient of the Lifetime Creative Achievement Award.
Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs (1989)
A documentary on the life and work of playwright Neil Simon. Friends and associates as well as the writer himself are interviewed.
American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon, The (1988)
An entertainment special honoring Jack Lemmon as the 16th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The program was taped March 10, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, The (1988)
A live broadcast of the American Comedy Awards from the Hollywood Palladium. The ceremony, conducted without a host, honors the top comedic performers in all forms of American entertainment. Included is a special tribute to Blake Edwards, who receives the Lifetime Creative Achievement Award in recog
American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck, The (1987)
Barbara Stanwyck is the 15th recipient of AFI's Life Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 4/9/86. The event marks Stanwyck's 60th anniversary in show business. She made her screen debut in the silent film, "Broadway Nights," in 1926, and went on to appear in
1st Annual American Comedy Awards, The (1987)
The first live broadcast of this new awards show dedicated to comedy in all its forms. Besides the 14 category awards, Norman Lear is the recipient of the first annual American Comedy Award for a lifetime creative contribution to the field of comedy, and three Lifetime Achievement Awards to perform
Beverly Hills Christmas, A (1987)
A Christmas special featuring religious music and memories by celebrity guests.
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala (1987)
Two-hour coverage of a black-tie event, broadcast from the Constitution Hall of Philadelphia's Civic Center, honoring the bicentennial of the signing of the United States Constitution. The program features performers and special guests offering tributes through music, dance, and dramatic representat
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)
A retrospective on the life and career of actor James Stewart, with clips from many of his films and interviews with people who have worked with him.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1986)
The ninth annual awards/entertainment special honoring six distinguished artists for lifetime achievement in their area of endeavor. The event, taped at the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., honors actress and comedienne Lucille Ball, singer and c
American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, The (1986)
A taped special of the live presentation by the American Film Institute to director, Billy Wilder, of its AFI Life Achievement Award at a dinner on March 6, 1986, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Celebrities pay tribute to the famed producer, director, and screenwriter.
George Burns' 90th Birthday Special (1986)
A variety special celebrating comedian George Burns' ninetieth birthday. The event includes appearances by many celebrities in person and on pre-taped sequences.
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)
A compilation of movie clips that celebrate sixty years of Hollywood comedy.
I Love Liberty (1982)
A program of music, comedy skits, and dramatic vignettes that salutes America.
48th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1976) as Master Of Ceremonies
Live coverage of the forty-eighth annual Academy Awards presentation.
George Burns Special, The (1976)
Music, songs, and comedy sketches with comedian George Burns.
Show Business Salute to Milton Berle, A (1973)
A music and comedy tribute to Mr. Television, Milton Berle, on the occasion of his sixtieth year in show business.
Super Comedy Bowl 2 (1972)
A comedy special poking fun at the Super Bowl, its players, and its fans.

Cast (short)

The Lion Roars Again (1975)
This MGM promotional short advertises the studios resurgence into the movie industry in the mid-1970s.

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