Walter Matthau Biography (1920-2000)



Original name, Walter Matuschanskavasky; born October 1, 1920, in New York, NY; son of Milton (an electrician) and Rose (Berolsky) Matuschanskavasky; uncle of Juliette Gruber (an actress); married Grace Geraldine Johnson, 1948 (divorced, 1958); married Carol Grace Marcus Saroyan (a writer), August 21, 1959;children: (first marriage) David, Jenny; (second marriage) Charles (a director, producer, and personal manager). Avocational interests: Gambling.Career: Actor, director, and producer. Also worked as a radio operator, file clerk, boxing instructor, basketball coach, and vendor. Affiliated with the Matthau Company. Military service: U.S. Army Air Forces, servedin Europe during World War II, 1942-45; became staff sergeant; received six battle stars. Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild,American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Awards, Honors: New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 1951, for Twilight Walk; New YorkDrama Critics Circle Award, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actor in a play, both 1959, for Once More with Feeling; Antoinette Perry Award, best supporting or featured actor in a play, 1962, for A Shot in the Dark; Film Daily Award, 1962, for LonelyAre the Brave; Antoinette Perry Award, best actor in a play, and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, both 1965, for The Odd Couple; Academy Award, best supporting actor, 1966, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1967, both for The Fortune Cookie;Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1969, for The Odd Couple; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, best actor, 1970, for Hello, Dolly! and The SecretLife of an American Wife; Academy Award nomination, best actor, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, both 1972, for Kotch; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1973, for Pete 'n' Tillie; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, 1973, for Pete 'n' Tillie and Charley Varrick; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1975, for The Front Page; Golden Globe Award, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, and Academy Award nomination, best actor, both 1976, for The Sunshine Boys; British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award nomination, best actor, 1977, for The Sunshine Boys and The Bad News Bears; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--musical/comedy, 1981, for Hopscotch; Golden Globe Award nomination, best motion picture actor--comedy/musical, 1982, for First Monday in October; ShoWest Convention Award, lifetime achievement, 1993; American Comedy Award, lifetime achievement, 1997; Platinum Circle Award (with Carol Matthau and Charles Matthau), American Film Institute, 1997, for family contributions to show business. Addresses: Office: The Matthau Company, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2100, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6022.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, Director, Producer
Birth Details
October 1, 1920
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
July 1, 2000
Santa Monica, California

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