Walter Matthau

1920 - 2000

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Walter Matthau (; born Walter John Matthow; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor and film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie (1966). He is best known for his film roles in A Face in the Crowd (1957), King Creole (1958), and as a coach of a hapless little league team in the baseball comedy The Bad News Bears (1976). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Matthau has received more than 7,679,577 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Walter Matthau is the 407th most popular actor (down from 314th in 2019), the 738th most popular biography from United States (down from 571st in 2019) and the 203rd most popular American Actor.

Walter Matthau is most famous for his roles in the films The Odd Couple, The Fortune Cookie, and Grumpy Old Men.

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Among actors, Walter Matthau ranks 407 out of 13,578Before him are Danny Glover, John Lithgow, Richard Griffiths, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Doris Day, and Christopher Lambert. After him are Alan Arkin, Gerard Butler, Ron Perlman, Robert Mitchum, Burt Reynolds, and James Caan.

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Among people born in 1920, Walter Matthau ranks 33Before him are Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, François Jacob, Zecharia Sitchin, Fritz Walter, Clarice Lispector, and Montgomery Clift. After him are Douglass North, Sergei Bondarchuk, John Demjanjuk, Alberto Sordi, Ravi Shankar, and Sun Myung Moon. Among people deceased in 2000, Walter Matthau ranks 21Before him are Louis Néel, Lída Baarová, Gherman Titov, Konrad Emil Bloch, Giovanna of Italy, and Erich Mielke. After him are Pierre Trudeau, Tommaso Buscetta, Carl Barks, Empress Kōjun, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and Jason Robards.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 738 out of 20,380Before him are Doris Day (1922), Henry Mancini (1924), Christopher Lambert (1957), Clyde Tombaugh (1906), Thorstein Veblen (1857), and Truman Capote (1924). After him are Alan Arkin (1934), Douglas Osheroff (1945), Josephine Cochrane (1839), Ron Perlman (1950), John Carpenter (1948), and Alan Shepard (1923).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 203Before him are Warren Beatty (1937), Karl Malden (1912), Danny Glover (1946), John Lithgow (1945), Doris Day (1922), and Christopher Lambert (1957). After him are Alan Arkin (1934), Ron Perlman (1950), Robert Mitchum (1917), Burt Reynolds (1936), James Caan (1940), and Ali MacGraw (1939).

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