Death of Walter Matthau

October 1, 1920 - July 1, 2000
SANTA MONICA, California | Age 79

Academy Award-winning actor dead at 79
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Walter Matthau, the foghorn-voiced movie villain who became a master of crotchety comedy with his Oscar-winning "The Fortune Cookie" and followed with "The Odd Couple," "Grumpy Old Men" and many other hits, died Saturday, July 1, 2000 of a heart attack. He was 79.

Matthau was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m., shortly after being brought into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said hospital spokeswoman Lindi Funston.

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