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Walter Matthau Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Biography

Walter Matthau Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2½ in
Weight 77 kg
Date of Birth October 1, 1920
Zodiac Sign Libra
Date of Death July 1, 2000

Walter Matthau was an American actor, director, and comedian whose notable film credits include The Fortune Cookie (1966), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Pete ‘n’ Tillie (1972), The Odd Couple (1968), Charley Varrick (1973), King Creole (1958), The Bad News Bears (1976), Charade (1963), Hello, Dolly! (1969), A New Leaf (1971), Kotch (1971), California Suite (1978), The Front Page (1974), Grumpy Old Men (1993), I.Q. (1994), etc.

Born Name

Walter John Matthow

Nick Name

Walter Matuschanskayasky, Jake

Walter Matthau as seen in 1952
Walter Matthau as seen in 1952 (John Seymour Erwin / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on October 1, 1920.

Died

Walter passed away from atherosclerotic heart disease on July 1, 2000, in Santa Monica, California. He was 79 years old at that time.

Sun Sign

Libra

Born Place

New York City, New York, United States

Nationality

American

 

Education

He was an alumnus of Seward Park High School in New York City.

Occupation

Actor, Director, Comedian

Family

  • Father – Milton Matuschansky (Peddler, Electrician)
  • Mother – Rose Berolsky (Worked in a Garment Sweatshop)
  • Siblings – Henry Matthow (Older Brother). He also had a younger brother.

Net Worth

At the time of his death, Walter Matthau’s net worth was $10 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.

Build

Slim

Height

6 ft 2½ in or 189 cm

Weight

77 kg or 170 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Walter Matthau had dated –

  1. Yvonne De Carlo
  2. Grace Geraldine Johnson (1948-1958) – He was married to Grace Geraldine Johnson from 1948 until their divorce in 1958. During their 10 years together, the couple welcomed a daughter named Jenny Matthau and a son named David Matthau.
  3. Carol Grace (1959-2000) – The Sunshine Boys (1975) star tied the knot with actress and author Carol Grace on August 21, 1959. She gave birth to their son Charles Matthau on December 10, 1962. The two stayed happily married for over 40 years until Walter’s death in July 2000.
Walter Matthau (left) as seen with Art Carney in the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple in 1965
Walter Matthau (left) as seen with Art Carney in the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple in 1965 (Henry Grossman / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

White

He had Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Hair Color

Black

However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.

Eye Color

Hazel

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Slouching posture
  • Deadpan voice
  • Prominent nose
  • Craggy, hangdog face
  • Gravelly, baritone voice

Walter Matthau Favorite Things

  • MovieThe Informer (1935)

SourceIMDb

Walter Matthau as seen in a screenshot from the 1963 film Charade
Walter Matthau as seen in a screenshot from the 1963 film Charade (Charade Film Screenshot / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Walter Matthau Facts

  1. During World War II, he served in the United States Army Air Force alongside Hollywood actor James Stewart.
  2. Matthau was the inspiration behind the voice of Homer Simpson in the beloved animated series, The Simpsons.
  3. He was an ardent lover of classical music and was known to sing pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the set of his films.
  4. Walter was addicted to gambling and, according to his own estimation, lost a total of $5 million in gambling during his lifetime.
  5. His burial site, the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park is also the resting place of other eminent celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Truman Capote, Donna Reed, to name a few.
  6. Walter famously sparred with his Hello, Dolly! (1969) co-star Barbra Streisand during the shooting of the film. He reportedly quipped that Streisand “had no more talent than a butterfly’s fart.”
  7. Three of his films: A Face in the Crowd (1957), Charade (1963), and A New Leaf (1971) have been included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant.

Featured Image by John Seymour Erwin / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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