Walter Matthau’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)


Death Date

July 1, 2000

Age of Death

79 years

Cause of Death

Heart Attack


TV Actor

The tv actor Walter Matthau died at the age of 79. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Academy Award-winning actor who starred with Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film The Odd Couple. Like Lemmon, Matthau never had any long-running television roles, sticking to TV movies and miniseries.

He married Grace Geraldine Johnson in 1948. They divorced ten years later. He later remarried, to Carol Grace. He had three children: Charles, David, and Jenny. 



“I wanted to be a pharmacist. I liked the way our local pharmacist was always dressed in a nice white coat; he looked very calm, you’d give him money, and he’d give you something that you wanted to buy.” (Walter Matthau)


“When I was about eighteen, I saw myself as a rather sensitive, delicate, poetic, romantic figure. And then I got into the Civilian Conservation Corps and into the army, and I started smoking and drinking and being tough and getting muscles, and I had a whole different image of myself.” (Walter Matthau)


“I wasn’t handsome. I didn’t have good clothes. I used to wonder why people would hire me when they could get college graduates and Oxford scholars. Then it became apparent that when I got up on a stage, people actually wanted to look at me.” (Walter Matthau)


“I retired once a couple of times.” (Walter Matthau)


“My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn’t pay the bill he gave me six months more.” (Walter Matthau)