Caption: Still of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple (1968)
Actor, Soundtrack, Director
Born: October 1, 1920
Star sign: Libra
Height: 6' 2½" (1.89 m)
Known for: The Odd Couple (1968), Charade (1963), Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Matthau was born Walter Matthow on October 1, 1920 in New York City, to a Lithuanian Jewish mother, Rose (Berolsky), who worked in a garment sweatshop, and a Russian Jewish father, Milton Matthow, a peddler and electrician from Kiev. Matthau grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side. He started out selling soft drinks and playing bit parts at a ...