Walter Matthau

1920 - 2000

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Walter Matthau (; born Walter John Matthow; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor. 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). He also starred in 10 films alongside Jack Lemmon, including The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968), The Front Page (1974), Buddy Buddy (1981), JFK (1991), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), The Grass Harp (1995), Out to Sea (1997), and The Odd Couple II (1998). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Matthau has received more than 5,697,346 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Walter Matthau is the 335th most popular actor (down from 320th in 2019), the 658th most popular biography from United States (down from 637th in 2019) and the 180th 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 335 out of 10,030Before him are Matt Damon, Wentworth Miller, John Cleese, Sophie Marceau, John Malkovich, and Joan Crawford. After him are Larry Hagman, Hattie McDaniel, Jason Robards, Cate Blanchett, Anne Bancroft, and John Cassavetes.

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Among people born in 1920, Walter Matthau ranks 29Before him are Amália Rodrigues, John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Richard von Weizsäcker, Owen Chamberlain, and Mickey Rooney. After him are Ravi Shankar, François Jacob, Douglass North, Fritz Walter, Helmut Newton, and Clarice Lispector. Among people deceased in 2000, Walter Matthau ranks 15Before him are Alec Guinness, Lída Baarová, Carl Barks, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Victor Borge, and Stanley Matthews. After him are Jason Robards, Gherman Titov, Vittorio Gassman, Tommaso Buscetta, Arkan, and Pierre Trudeau.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 658 out of 15,968Before him are John Malkovich (1953), Sidney Lumet (1924), Joan Crawford (1904), Michael Bloomberg (1942), Glenn Miller (1904), and Magic Johnson (1959). After him are Irving Langmuir (1881), Asaph Hall (1829), Larry Hagman (1931), John Lee Hooker (1917), Matthew C. Perry (1794), and Donald Rumsfeld (1932).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 180Before him are Frances Farmer (1913), Ali MacGraw (1939), Robert Mitchum (1917), Matt Damon (1970), John Malkovich (1953), and Joan Crawford (1904). After him are Larry Hagman (1931), Hattie McDaniel (1893), Jason Robards (1922), Anne Bancroft (1931), John Cassavetes (1929), and Gene Wilder (1933).

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