awards & nominations

First Monday in October (1981)

Walter Matthau as "Dan Snow"

The Supreme Court's first woman (Jill Clayburgh), a conservative, debates and dates her grumpy colleague (Walter Matthau), a liberal.

Golden Globe (1981)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Hopscotch (1980)

Walter Matthau as "Miles Kendig/James Butler/Mr. Hannaway/Leonard Ross"

When CIA operative Miles Kendig (Walter Matthau) deliberately lets KGB agent Yaskov (Herbert Lom) get away, his boss (Ned Beatty) threatens to retire him. Kendig beats him to it, however, destroying his own records and traveling to Austria where he begins work on a memoir that will expose all his former agency's covert practices. The CIA catches wind of the book and sends other agents after him, initiating a frenetic game of cat and mouse that spans the globe.

Golden Globe (1980)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Walter Matthau as "Coach Morris Buttermaker"

Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a Little League team at the behest of lawyer-councilman Bob Whitewood (Ben Piazza), who has a vendetta against the league for excluding his marginally talented son from play. After failing with his new team of misfits, Buttermaker enlists feisty and gifted pitcher Amanda Whurlitzer (Tatum O'Neal) to lead the charge -- but can he find the luck and patience to whip these outcasts into shape?

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)NominatedActor

The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Walter Matthau as "Willy Clark"

Al Lewis (George Burns) and Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) are a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians (Lewis and Clark, naturally) who performed together for 47 years before finally calling it quits. A network genius then has the brilliant idea of reuniting the duo for a TV special about the history of comedy. Once the reunion is on, the sparks and one-liners start to fly with equal speed. But can Lewis and Clark put aside their differences long enough to collect one last paycheck?

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1976)NominatedActor
Academy Award (1975)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1975)WonBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Front Page (1974)

Walter Matthau as "Walter Burns"

Successful Chicago newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Jack Lemmon) is hanging up his journalist's hat to marry Peggy Grant (Susan Sarandon). When his editor, the arrogant, self-important Walter Burns (Walter Matthau), learns of Hildy's plans, he goes to great lengths to keep his star writer. They learn that the notorious (but possibly wrongfully accused) criminal, Earl Williams (Austin Pendleton), has escaped on the eve of his execution, and Hildy can't resist this one last sensational story.

Golden Globe (1974)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Charley Varrick (1973)

Walter Matthau as "Charley Varrick"

When small-time criminal Charley Varrick (Walter Matthau) leads a crew to rob a bank, things don't exactly go according to plan. Not only are there casualties, but also, he and his surviving cohort, Harman Sullivan (Andy Robinson), discover that they've snagged far more cash than they were expecting --and it's money that belongs to the mob. Hunted by both the police and a ruthless killer named Molly (Joe Don Baker), Charley and Harman may not live long enough to enjoy their small fortune.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)WonActor

The Odd Couple (1968)

Walter Matthau as "Oscar Madison"

When fussy Felix (Jack Lemmon) becomes suicidal over his impending divorce, he accepts an offer to move in with his best friend, messy Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix drives Oscar crazy with his obsession over his soon-to-be ex. Oscar tries to get him out of his funk by arranging a double date with two wacky British neighbors, Cecily (Monica Evans) and Gwendolyn (Carole Shelley). When the plan backfires and Felix grows even more despondent, his friendship with Oscar is put to the test.

Golden Globe (1968)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical