Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Date of Birth: 01 Oct 1920

Country: USA

Biography: Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won an Academy Award for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie... (Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 67 (Actor), 1 (Director)

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    Hanging Up
    A trio of sisters bond over their ambivalence toward the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father, to whom none of them was particularly close. (imdb)
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    The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
    A humorous and nostalgic documentary about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended ethnic and religious prejudice to become an American icon. (Cowboy Booking International)
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    JFK
    A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story (imdb)
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    Fail-Safe
    American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (imdb)
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    Charade
    Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (imdb)
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    Earthquake
    Various stories of various people as an earthquake of un-imagineable magnitude hits Los Angeles. (imdb)
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    Dennis the Menace
    Dennis, everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr and Mrs Wilson... (imdb)
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    The Fortune Cookie
    A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury. (imdb)
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    Grumpy Old Men
    A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street. (imdb)
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    I.Q.
    Albert Einstein helps a young man who's in love with Einstein's niece to catch her attention by pretending temporarily to be a great physicist. (imdb)
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    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (imdb)
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    A Face in the Crowd
    An Arkansas hobo becomes an overnight media sensation. But as he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (imdb)
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    Hopscotch
    A CIA agent tired of his incompetent colleagues retires and dares them to stop him from publishing an embarrassing book of memoirs. (imdb)
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    Charley Varrick
    Charley Varrick and his friends rob a small town bank. Expecting a small sum to divide amongst themselves, they are surprised to discover a very LARGE amount of money (imdb)
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    The Odd Couple
    Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day. (imdb)
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    A New Leaf
    Examines the vapid life of a born to wealth New Yorker. After he spends all of what was left to him, his questing after more (without bothersome labor) changes him (imdb)
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    The Sunshine Boys
    A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other. (imdb)
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    House Calls
    Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann... (imdb)
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    Bigger Than Life
    A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity. (imdb)
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    The Bad News Bears
    An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (imdb)
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    The Couch Trip
    The escaped delinquent John Burn deputizes for Dr. Maitlin, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. He scores as a radio- psygologist and is very popular. But then Dr. Maitlin meets the real Dr. Lawrence Baird at a congress in London. (imdb)
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    Pirates
    Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps the daughter of the governor of Maracaibo. The question is, can he keep this pace up? (imdb)
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    The Survivors
    Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two. (imdb)
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    Onionhead
    The Ship's Cook who has the Coast Guard in a Stew!
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    Ride a Crooked Trail
    After robbing a bank Murphy assumes the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal, when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge, Matthau. Murphy is forced to remain as the new Marshal; an old flame, Scala, nearly unmasks him by accident, only to be forced to assume the ruse of being Murphy's wife... (imdb)
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    Gangster Story
    Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who's outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it. (imdb)
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    The Grass Harp
    After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid... (imdb)
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    Lonely Are the Brave
    In order to free his best friend Bondi, Jack Burns lets himself be imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased by sheriff Johnson with helicopters and jeeps. (imdb)
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    Grumpier Old Men
    Things don't seem to change much in Wabasha County: Max and John are still fighting after 35 years, Grandpa still drinks, smokes, and chases women , and nobody's been able to catch the fabled "Catfish Hunter", a gigantic catfish that actually smiles at fishermen who try to snare it... (imdb)
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    The Odd Couple II
    It has been seventeen years now since Oscar and Felix saw each other for the last time. Oscar is living in Florida, Felix in New York. One day, Oscar is called by his son Brucey who invites him to his wedding to Felix' daughter Hannah next Sunday in California. Oscar and Felix meet again at Los Angeles International Airport... (imdb)
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    The Front Page
    Hildy Johnson is the top reporter on a Chicago newspaper during the 1920s. Tired of the whole game he's determined to quit his job to get married. His scheming editor, Walter Burns, has other plans though. It's the day before guilty (but insane) murderer, Earl Williams, is due to go to the gallows and Burns tempts Johnson to stay and write the story. (imdb)
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    King Creole
    Danny Fisher, young delinquent, flunks out of high school. He quits his job as a busboy in a nightclub, and one night he gets the chance to perform. Success is imminent and the local crime boss Maxie Fields wants to hire him to perform at his night club The Blue Shade. Danny refuses, but Fields won't take no for an answer... (imdb)
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    Buddy Buddy
    Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off to a hotel across the street from the courthouse where he plans to set his hit, he runs into the depressed Victor Clooney, who laments the fact that his wife has left him for the head of a weird Californian sex clinic... (imdb)
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    Hello, Dolly!
    A matchmaker named Dolly Levi takes a trip to Yonkers, New York to see the "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire," Horace Vandergelder. While there, she convinces him, his two stock clerks and his niece and her beau to go to New York City. In New York, she fixes Vandergelder's clerks up with the woman Vandergelder had been courting, and her shop assistant (Dolly has designs of her own on Mr. Vandergelder, you see). (imdb)
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    Candy
    Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a sendup of Voltaire's -Candide-. Young Candy is a high school girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process. (imdb)
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    California Suite
    4 totally different and seperated stories of guests in a hotel. Maggie Smith and Michael Caine came from England to attend the Oscars; Jane Fonda came from New York, Alan Alda is her ex who lives in California; in the slapsticky part Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and their wives come to the hotel to relax and play tennis and find there is only one room vacant... (imdb)
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    The Kentuckian
    A frontiersman in 1820s Kentucky finds the area too civilized for his tastes, so he makes plans for he and his son to leave for the wild Texas country. However, he buys an indentured servant along the way, and her presence throws a monkey wrench into his plans. (imdb)
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    A Guide for the Married Man
    Robert Morse convinces his best friend Walter Matthau that he should fool around with other women in order to preserve his happy marriage... (imdb)
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    Ensign Pulver
    1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. In one word: he drives his crew crazy. They are near mutiny, but no-one dares to do the first step. Until Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences... (imdb)
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    Cactus Flower
    Toni Simmons believes that the only reason her married lover won't leave his wife is because of the children. In truth, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn't have any children. In fact, Julian doesn't even have a wife - he just tells women he does to avoid getting involved. When Julian does decide to take the plunge with Toni she insists on meeting the first wife and Julian enlists the aid of his long-time nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson to play the part. (imdb)
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    First Monday in October
    Ruth Loomis (Jill Clayburg) becomes the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A staunch conservative, she immediatly runs into conflict with Dan Snow (Walter Matthau), the high court's resident liberal. Although, they never agree on the issues before the Court, they develop a respect and affection for one another after several comedic encounters. (imdb)
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    Strangers When We Meet
    Married Architect Larry Coe (Kirk Douglas) engages in affair with married suburban housewife Margaret Gault (Kim Novak).
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    Mirage
    New York City. David Stillwell struggles to recover his memory before the people who are trying to kill him succeed. Who is he, who are they, and why is he surrounded by murder? (imdb)
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    I\
    Two old men -- one a socially active Jewish pseudorevolutionary, the other a near-blind black building super who just wants a quiet life -- find themselves drawn into a reluctant friendship via children who think they know best, cowboy drug dealers and latino muggers.
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    Plaza Suite
    Film version of the Neil Simon play has three separate acts set in the same hotel suite in New York's Plaza Hotel with Walter Matthau in a triple role. (imdb)
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    The Laughing Policeman
    In San Francisco, one victim in a mass murder is a police detective. His partner and a new partner investigate in the city's seamy side. (imdb)
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    The Indian Fighter
    Johnny Hawks, a former Indian fighter, returns to the West after the Civil War. He reacquaints himself with the Indian band led by Red Cloud. Red Cloud's beautiful daughter has now grown into womanhood... Unscrupulous whisky traders are after the gold on Indian land. Hawks averts serious bloodshed by convincing Red Cloud to make a treaty... Hawks leads an Oregon-bound wagon train through Indian territory. When he slips away to see the chief's daughter, trouble between braves and whisky traders flares up anew, putting the wagon train and the nearby fort in peril... (imdb)
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    The Incident
    The Incident (1990) - TV Movie
    During WWII, lawyer Matthau is forced to defend a German POW accused of murdering a small-town doctor.
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    Out to Sea
    Care-free Charlie (Walter Matthau) cons his widower brother-in-law Herb (Jack Lemmon) into an expenses-paid luxury cruise in search of rich, lonely ladies. The catch is that they are required to be dance hosts! With a tyrannical cruise director, and the luscious Liz and lovely Vivian, our heroes have lots of mis-adventures before they finally return to port. ((imdb))
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    The Little Devil
    Father Maurice (Maurizio - Walther Matthau), a priest living in a residential college for priests in Rome, is called out one day to "exorcise" the devil from someone. The devil turns out to be in the form of a fun-loving man called Giuditta (Judith - Roberto Benigni). What Father Maurice doesn't know is that this type of devil will turn his life around. (imdb)
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    Kotch
    Joseph Kotcher, a retired traveling salesman, lives with his son Gerald and daughter-in-law Wilma in Los Angeles. He dotes upon his young grandson Duncan irritating high-strung Wilma to the point that she hires Erica, a high school student, as a regular babysitter to replace his efforts. However, Grandpa Kotcher still gets on her nerves, and she convinces Gerald to move him out... (imdb)
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    Goodbye Charlie
    Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money. (imdb)
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    Little Miss Marker
    Sorrowful Jones is a cheap bookie in 1930's. When a gambler leaves his daughter as a marker for a bet, he gets stuck with her. His life will change a great deal with her arrival and his sudden love for a woman also involved in gambling operations. (imdb)
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    Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
    Three men gun down Solly Pitts, 'rebel' against the racket-ridden Longshoremen's Union. Before dying, Pitts tells his wife 'Cockeye' Cook was one of the killers...but won't repeat it to the police, nor will anyone else help them. It seems it's a dockyard tradition to handle private battles without help. Bill Keating, new to the D.A.'s office, is just naive enough to think he can make a case against Cook; but his efforts seem to be leading only to further violence. (imdb)
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    Who\
    When Steve Flood's marriage is threatened by his gambling ways, his desperate wife concocts a scheme whereby she becomes his bookie. Suddenly he goes on a winning streak and the mob goes after her to eliminate their competition. (TCM.com)
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    I Ought to Be in Pictures
    Grandmother has nothing to say when Libby tells her that she is off to LA to look up Dad, a Hollywood screenwriter. Grandmother has been in a New York cemetery for six years and Dad has been out of Libby's life for 16 of her 19 years. Libby arrives in LA on a Tuesday and phones Dad the one night that Stephanie, who does Jane Fonda's hair, stays over. Stephanie is there the next morning when Libby decides she needs to tell her story face-to-face. (imdb)
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    Casey\
    Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion. (imdb)
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    Pete \
    Middle-aged when they first meet, eternally joking Pete and repressed "old maid" Tillie don't immediately hit it off. Gradually, their friendship deepens into love and culminates (reluctantly, on Pete's part) in marriage, eleven years of which is explored in this film. (allmovie.com)
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    The Secret Life of an American Wife
    A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage. (imdb)
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    Movers & Shakers
    Joe Mulholland, Head of Production at a Hollywood studio, makes a rather fool-hardy promise to a dying friend. He undertakes to make a major movie using the title - if not the content - of a best-selling sex manual "Love in Sex". Enlisting the help of depressed screenwriter Herb Derman and rather off-centre director Sid Spokane to try and come up with an idea or two, Joe soon wishes he was not one of those people who always try to keep their promises. (imdb)
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    Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore
    In a sequel to the superior movie entitled The Incident, a small-town lawyer goes against the State of Maryland, suing on behalf of an institutionalized mental patient for release. (allrovi.com)
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    Incident in a Small Town
    Walter Matthau, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Harry Morgan star in this made-for-television drama, in which a judge in a small town discovers that the skeletons in his family closet are aired for all to see after he's named as a prime suspect in the murder of his son-in-law. (allrovi.com)
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    Island of Love
    In this different type of gangster farce with a few flaws here and there, Robert Preston is Steve Blair, a superlative con artist whose sidekick Paul Ferris (Tony Randall) is a boozy writer currently working on a cartoon. Steve gets the idea of producing a movie based on Genesis in the Bible and brings Paul into the scheme as a scripter. (allrovi.com)
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    The Stingiest Man in Town
    Anime based on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol... (Wikipedia)
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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
    A hermit, known as the Grinch hates Christmas and is tired of the Whos of Who-ville celebrating it. This year, he plans to steal it from them. Features the illustrations from the book accompanied by narration. (imdb)
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    Awake and Sing
    A production, filmed for PBS, of Clifford Odets' 1935 play about a struggling Jewish family in the Bronx.
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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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