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.
Often cast as a would-be con man foiled by life's...
"you will be remembered for so many roles you played to perfection. Oscar was one of many that brings me to laughter every time i watch. RIP Walter"
– T Bucchieri,
Salem, OR, Jul 02, 2007
"Walter, you broke my heart the day you left this world, even as strangers I cried as if you were a relative, with Jack and you its amazing how two men brought so much joy and happiness to so many many people, I have all your movies and still I ..."