Walter Matthau: Diamond In The Rough | The Hollywood Collection

Walter Matthau: Diamond In The Rough | The Hollywood Collection

Walter Matthau was barely three when his father deserted the family.

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Poverty and New York street smarts produced a self-deprecating humor that never left. The G.I. Bill let him study acting and by 1951 he earned a New York Drama Critics Award. Television dramas followed and then came Hollywood. When director Billy Wilder cast him opposite Jack Lemmon, a classic partnership was created. In Lemmon, Matthau found an enduring friend and frequent co-star. Matthau’s real-life combination of cynicism and gruff sentimentality was reflected in the performances that brought him to major stardom.

Two-time Academy Award winner, Matthau’s fifty years of show business have earned him the love of millions and the admiration of fellow professionals. Clips used include: A Face in the Crowd, Charade, The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, Cactus Flower, The Sunshine Boys, Hopscotch, Grumpy Old Men and I’m Not Rappaport. In addition to Walter Matthau himself, on-screen interviewees include actors Jack Lemmon, Julie Harris, Ozzie Davis and Roddy McDowell, directors Herbert Ross, Edward Dmytryk, writer Neil Simon and Walter’s son, director Charles Matthau.

50 Comments

  1. NPH on December 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Dour…not door



  2. Caroline Corman on December 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    No one could do his parts as well. Unique and yet appealing to the average American.



  3. Cat Man on December 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    The son looks like Anthony Perkins 🕺🏻



  4. Susie Salter on December 9, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Loved this man …….ENTER…haha…from the old boys



  5. Martha Wissmann on December 9, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    His son looks like a young Tony Perkins.



  6. James Chavez on December 9, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    He’s Not A Was Yet He’s Still Is From His Magic



  7. James Chavez on December 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    ForAt Least20Years October First Is Always Walter Matthau Day Join Us Remembering The Lifelong Joy He Brings It’s The Least I Could Do



  8. David T on December 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    HIe remains to this day one of my favourite American actors.



  9. Art Monk on December 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Did Walter’s wife know Anthony Perkins?



  10. Sebastian Bliss on December 9, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I guess Hello, Dolly! never happened.



  11. The Aquarius on December 9, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    They went together very well.



  12. TailStraw xD on December 9, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    The sadness that’s in his eyes really says a lot about his sense of humor.



  13. David Carbone on December 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    One of my most favorite actors along with JL. Both our mom’s were named Rose and worked as seamstresses; my mom was a few years younger than WM. He was about the same age as my mom’s brother, who looked like WM. We would have been on welfare, as well and living place to place if my mom’s dad hadn’t bought a railroad style apartment house soon after he arrived from Italy for his kids to live in when needed, which when we left my dad when I was 8 because of domestic violence we did need. My grandfather sold coal and ice and apparently saved up money to buy that 6-unit apartment house in the inner city where we lived.



  14. Stephen Reeds on December 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Fabulous actor. Significant that they didn’t mention Hello Dolly, a film in which he didn’t get along with Streisand… surprise, surprise.



  15. Bill Harris on December 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Good
    But how greedy can you get with the advertisements . Almost like watching a program on AMC OR TBS



  16. Summer Kauffman on December 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I 💘 💘 💘 walter



  17. Thomas Marciano on December 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Nice video bio on Walter Matthau. He was also great in "A Guide For the Married Man" (1967). I only wish the video covered that movie a little.



  18. Janine Farris on December 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I searched for this video this morning I felt like I needed a boost to my spirit and I remember this bio a diamond in the rough discovering Walter Matthau’s God given talent and heart. There is just something about some of these older gentleman like Jack Lemmon Walter Matthau Paul Newman Robert Redford Gregory Peck Clark Gable Kirk Douglas Omar Sharif and probably a few more than I just cannot think of right now but gurnick my admiration respect and very easy on the eyes! Not every Star has a class of the gentleman that I just mentioned



  19. Colin Halliley on December 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Walter was one of the great ones.



  20. Thomas Kline on December 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    2mins 30 seconds beteween ads thats nuts



  21. zo malfa on December 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    A few 1000 years we’ll be alright? I wish I had that confidence.



  22. Mike McGomer on December 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    They all made Hollywood what it is today, that’s my problem



  23. Francelee Paris on December 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    The real quite American ….🙂… his rise to fame and fortune mirrors Michael Caine



  24. jeff silverman on December 9, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Walter was nothing short of perfect in Pelham 123.



  25. 21 Cranberries on December 9, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    One of my favorite actors…



  26. Paul Marsh on December 9, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Him and probably James Cagney, AWESOME!!!!!



  27. Nancy Tetrick on December 9, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    My fav. The movies he was in was with Jack Lemmon…Grumpy Old Men.. I’m guessing his son looked like the mother. Looks like Anthony Perkins….wow. RIP



  28. jacktheripoff1888 on December 9, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    First time I saw him was in Bad News Bears when I was 9. After that he was always Buttermaker no matter what he did, and always great. Something about him right at the start pulling in the ballfield parking lot, cracking open a beer, pouring some out to put in a splash of Jim Beam, taking a sip, grabs a tiparillo, looks for a light, and then a zippo popps out of nowhere and its a 12 year old kid giving him a light. And he just says, "Thanks Mister".



  29. Belin Gonza on December 9, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Good Guy bad guy he could play anything.



  30. Madeleine on December 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Jack Lemon such a kind charming man ⚘
    I loved Walter in Cactusflower 🌵



  31. RacingGuy61 on December 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Saw him at the windows at Hollywood Park one time. Oscar Madison in the flesh!



  32. Cat Man on December 9, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Ossis Davis was brilliant too



  33. tgigunner on December 9, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Too many ads piss off



  34. Trailer Boy on December 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    walther was so brilliant …there is no other one



  35. Cat Man on December 9, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    My kind of STAR ❤️



  36. Stray Dog on December 9, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    "I was very young when I was born…"
    😂😂😂♥️♥️♥️



  37. Kendrick Harris- Kenfinity on December 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    We’re never mistaking noodles for each other to override the accidents of our neighborhood "menaces". Stay safe everyone!



  38. Adi Constantin on December 9, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    15:56 what love is



  39. Elizabeth Anne Grey on December 9, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! Thank you.



  40. Senita Brown on December 9, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Too many commercials



  41. Jason Seeber on December 9, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Love walter matthau such an underrated actor always been one of my favorites. R.I.H. walter.



  42. James Chavez on December 9, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    The Cuteness



  43. Janine Farris on December 9, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    After seeing this bio of Walter Matthau my heart thrust open some tears. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed listening to his peers and Friends talk about him. I’m not surprised but I was overjoyed that they exalted him because he has been through a lot of these beginnings and he aspired 2 develop his highest creative potential in order to Fender off the Ultimate Reality of the pain when can suffer in life via very creative fashion by speaking to truth 2 characters , therefore it naturally became funny. His Consciousness to do that I believe that was part of his genius



  44. Magick Academy on December 9, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Neither. Sophia Loren either.



  45. Eva Knievel on December 9, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Loved love Walter Matthau! First remember him when I was at the El Monte Theater. I clearly remember the scene where he threw a plate of spaghetti in the movie, "The Odd Couple’. Over the years him in all his other movies, one of my favs is ‘ A New Leaf’.



  46. izzy ツ on December 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    i miss him🥺🥺🥺 i’m crying



  47. Hugh Sweeney on December 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Waay too many commercials. I give up.



  48. RacingGuy61 on December 9, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Ossie Davis was such a class act!



  49. Julie on December 9, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    LOVE YOU, ON MY PRAYER LIST.



  50. Eva Lutzon on December 9, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Mr.Walter Matthau remaind me french actor Paul Belmondo,,,,same :not so much of beauty but GREAT entertainment,,,Great actors,,,,what you see you have and enjoying tremendously,,,