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Walter Matthau

Age: 79

perpetually rumpled veteran actor who first appeared on Broadway in 1948 and made his film debut in The Kentuckian (1958). His Broadway performance in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (1965) launched his career, making him one of Hollywood's most sought-after comic actors. He teamed up with Jack Lemmon in several films, including The Odd Couple (1968), The Fortune Cookie, for which he won a 1966 Supporting Actor Oscar, and Grumpy Old Men (1993). Though he's best known for his comedies, Matthau starred in several dramas, playing roles as rogues, lawyers, and philanderers.

Died: Santa Monica, Calif., July 1, 2000

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