Walter Matthau


October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000

Walter John Matthow (NOT Matuschanskayasky – as he would often regale) was born in New York City to Jewish immigrant parents.  He was an Academy, BAFTA and Tony Award-winning actor who was known for curmudgeonly lovable characters.  The most famous of which was, of course, Oscar Madison opposite Jack Lemmon in both the stage and film versions of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Matthau’s career was decorated and lengthy.  Starring in more than 60 films and more than a dozen Broadway productions, he built a resume of comedy and emotional performances that few can match.

It was his many, many collaborations with Lemmon, though, that gained him most of his public notoriety. The 10 films they appeared in together spanned and delighted generations.  The two were close friends in real life, as well, and not only passed away nearly a year apart, but are also buried just yards from each other in the same cemetery.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Rose Garden; Just south of the southern road in the park is a row of garden plots facing north, Walter and his wife, Carol, are buried in the 4th garden plot in from the eastern edge of this row.



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