Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Survivors (1983)

Birthday: Oct 01, 1920

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Specializing in playing curmudgeonly cranks, actor Walter Matthau parlayed his rumpled, hangdog features into a long career in film and on television. Matthau started on the stage and enjoyed lasting success on Broadway, before making the transition to villainous supporting roles in films like "King Creole" (1958) and "Charade" (1963). Following more supporting roles in the comedy sequel "Ensign Pulver" (1964) and the tense political thriller "Fail-Safe" (1964), Matthau partnered for the first time with Jack Lemmon in Billy Wilder's caustic comedy, "The Fortune Cookie" (1966). The pair would go on to star opposite each other in their most famous partnership, "The Odd Couple" (1968), while Matthau branched off as the lead in a number of classic crime thrillers, including "Charlie Varrick" (1973) and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974). He forged another successful, albeit brief partnership with George Burns for "The Sunshine Boys" (1975) and delivered his most popular performance as the beer-swilling manager of a misfit Little League baseball team in "The Bad News Bears" (1976). Matthau reunited with Lemmon for the surprisingly successful "Grumpy Old Men" (1993), which spawned the sequel "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) and the unrelated "Out to Sea" (1997). Matthau left behind a last legacy that included numerous hit comedies, surprisingly well-acted thrillers, and one of the greatest onscreen partnerships in cinema history.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
12% 34% Hanging Up Lou (Character) $36M 2000
97% 80% The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg Self $1.7M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage Fool Frank Walsh (Character) - 1998
27% 56% Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II Oscar Madision (Character) $18.9M 1998
36% 52% Out to Sea Charlie Gordon (Character) $28M 1997
38% 60% I'm Not Rappaport Nat Moyer (Character) $266.2K 1996
17% 62% Grumpier Old Men Max Goldman (Character) $70.5M 1995
50% 55% The Grass Harp Judge Charlie Cool (Character) $511.6K 1995
No Score Yet 43% Incident in a Small Town Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1994
42% 47% I.Q. Albert Einstein (Character) $25.2M 1994
27% 38% Dennis the Menace Mr. George Wilson (Character) $50.2M 1993
63% 74% Grumpy Old Men Max Goldman (Character) $69.3M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love Clifford Pepperman (Character) - 1991
84% 88% JFK Senator Long (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 50% The Incident Harmon Cobb (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 82% The Little Devil Maurice (Character) - 1988
33% 46% The Couch Trip Donald Becker (Character) $9.9M 1988
30% 52% Pirates Captain Thomas Bartholomew Red (Character) $1.6M 1986
No Score Yet 27% Movers and Shakers Joel Mulholland (Character) - 1985
9% 42% The Survivors Sonny Paluso (Character) - 1983
80% 45% I Ought to Be in Pictures Herbert Tucker (Character) - 1982
63% 43% Buddy Buddy Trabucco (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 46% First Monday in October Dan Snow (Character) - 1981
73% 77% Hopscotch Miles Kendig/James Butler/Mr. Hannaway/Leonard Ross (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 52% Little Miss Marker Sorrowful Jones (Character) - 1980
25% 48% House Calls Dr. Charley Nichols (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny Business Narrator - 1978
78% 71% Casey's Shadow Lloyd Bourdelle (Character) - 1978
54% 45% California Suite Marvin Michaels (Character) - 1978
97% 80% The Bad News Bears Coach Morris Buttermaker (Character) - 1976
71% 73% The Sunshine Boys Willy Clark (Character) - 1975
100% 88% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Lt. Zachary Garber (Character) - 1974
42% 35% Earthquake Drunk (Character) - 1974
67% 74% The Front Page Walter Burns (Character) - 1974
57% 47% The Laughing Policeman Sgt. Jake Martin SFPD (Character) - 1973
83% 82% Charley Varrick Charley Varrick (Character) - 1973
80% 72% Pete 'n' Tillie Pete (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Awake and Sing! Unknown (Character) - 1972
63% 56% Plaza Suite Roy Hubley/Jesse Kiplinger/Sam Nash (Character) - 1971
100% 83% A New Leaf Henry Graham (Character) - 1971
75% 68% Kotch Joseph P. Kotcher (Character) - 1971
43% 76% Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder (Character) - 1969
88% 81% Cactus Flower Dr. Julian Winston (Character) - 1969
40% 48% Candy Gen. R.A. Smight (Character) - 1968
97% 89% The Odd Couple Oscar Madison (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 33% The Secret Life of an American Wife The Movie Star (Character) - 1968
44% 68% A Guide for the Married Man Paul Manning (Character) - 1967
96% 80% The Fortune Cookie Willie Gingrich (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 75% Mirage Ted Caselle (Character) - 1965
93% 91% Fail-Safe Prof. Groeteschele (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 49% Ensign Pulver Doc (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Love Tony Dallas (Character) - 1963
94% 92% Charade H. Bartholemew (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 40% Who's Got the Action? Tony Gagouts (Character) - 1962
93% 85% Lonely Are the Brave Sheriff Morey Johnson (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 43% Gangster Story Jack Martin (Character),
Director
- 1960
60% 55% Strangers When We Meet Felix Anders (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 50% Ride a Crooked Trail Judge Kyle (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice in the Mirror Dr. Leon Karnes (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 41% Onionhead "Red" Wildoe (Character) - 1958
100% 83% King Creole Maxie Fields (Character) - 1958
88% 94% A Face in the Crowd Mel Miller (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 60% Slaughter on Tenth Avenue Al Dahlke (Character) - 1957
90% 84% Bigger Than Life Wally Gibbs (Character) - 1956
14% 44% The Kentuckian Stan Bodine (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 36% The Indian Fighter Wes Todd (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1986 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target: The Corruptors Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour George Barry (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Gordon Wagner (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1953

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