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Walter Matthau

1920 - 2000

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Walter Matthau (; born Walter John Matthow; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor, comedian and film director. 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 Odd Couple (1968), The Front Page (1974) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Matthau has received more than 6,400,977 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 56 in 2019). Walter Matthau is the 315th most popular actor (up from 335th in 2019), the 571st most popular biography from United States (up from 658th in 2019) and the 157th 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 315 out of 9,996Before him are Vittorio Gassman, Doris Day, Deborah Kerr, Gene Kelly, Martin Landau, and Harold Lloyd. After him are William Holden, Virna Lisi, Reese Witherspoon, Sonny Chiba, Kevin Spacey, and Mia Farrow.

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Among people born in 1920, Walter Matthau ranks 26Before him are Juan Antonio Samaranch, Traudl Junge, Montgomery Clift, Boris Vian, Owen Chamberlain, and Richard von Weizsäcker. After him are Helmut Newton, John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ravi Shankar, Douglass North, and Nicolaas Bloembergen. Among people deceased in 2000, Walter Matthau ranks 14Before him are Emil Zátopek, Roger Vadim, Stanley Matthews, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Lída Baarová, and Vittorio Gassman. After him are Konrad Emil Bloch, Abulfaz Elchibey, Carl Barks, Gherman Titov, Giovanna of Italy, and Pierre Trudeau.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 571 out of 18,182Before him are Martin Landau (1928), Harold Lloyd (1893), Alfred Kinsey (1894), Gwen Stefani (1969), William P. Murphy (1892), and Henry Mancini (1924). After him are Machine Gun Kelly (1895), D. B. Cooper (1931), Richard Meier (1934), William Holden (1918), Robert Kardashian (1944), and Reese Witherspoon (1976).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Walter Matthau ranks 157Before him are James Caan (1940), Farrah Fawcett (1947), Doris Day (1922), Gene Kelly (1912), Martin Landau (1928), and Harold Lloyd (1893). After him are William Holden (1918), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Kevin Spacey (1959), Mia Farrow (1945), Ed Harris (1950), and Kim Novak (1933).

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