Walter Matthau was a famous and renown actor from the United States. He is most remembered for his appearances in the films A Face in the Crowd, King Creole, and The Bad News Bears, in which he played the coach of a disastrous minor league club.
|Full Name||Walter Matthau|
|Birth Date||1 Oct 1920|
|Birth Place||New York, United States|
|Died||1 July 2000|
|Life & Career|
Walter Matthow was born in New York, on 1st of October 1920, to a Jewish mother and a Russian-Jewish father. He was a comedian and actor who appeared in over 100 films and television shows, such as in The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, and in Grumpy Old Men.
Walter Matthau grew up in the East Side of New York, where he was reared by his mother, Rose, a garment designer, and his father, Milton Matthow, an electrician. Bright and gifted, he pursued his passion for acting by attending Tranquillity Camp, a Jewish sleepaway camp where he began to perform, as well as Surprise Lake Camp.
He graduated from Seward High School and went on to work in the Yiddish Theater District, where he pursued his performing career. He later joined the US Army, flying bombing missions over Europe during World War 2, and when he returned, he resumed his acting studies at the Workshop of the New School.
Walter’s professional acting career began in the early 1950s, with the part of Coach Burr in the pilot episode of Mister Peepers. During that time, he also starred in films like, Goodyear Playhouse, A Face In The Crowd, Ride A Crooked Trail, and Gangster Story, all of which contributed significantly and highly to his net worth.
During the next decade, he proceeded to have a string of successes, including the roles of Morey in Lonely Are The Brave and Julian Winston in Cactus Flower. Walter was cast in the title character in the film Charley Varrick, in year 1973, and went on to appear in a number of other films, including The Sunshine Boys.
Walter received eight awards and 15 nominations for his work in the film industry, including an Academy Award for Best Actor for The Fortune Cookie and a Tony Award for Best Actor in The Odd Couple.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
In 1966, while filming The Fortune Cookie, Matthau had his first of at least three heart attacks. He had heart bypass surgery in 1976. He was hospitalized with double pneumonia and had a colon tumor removed in 1995, which was presumably effective.
Walter was married twice in his personal life and his first wife was Grace Geraldine Johnson, with whom he had two children. He married again to his second wife named Carol Grace and had one child with her.
During the last years of his life, Matthau suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. He had a heart attack at his house on the evening of 30th June 2000, after which he was rushed o the St John Health Center.
Unfortunately, he died a few hours later on 1st of July 2000. Walter was laid to rest at Los Angeles Westwood Memorial Cemetery.
Walter’s entire net worth was more than $10 million, which he amassed via his successful career in the film industry. The main source of his income is his profession of acting.