Matthau

Matthau

by Rob Edelman
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Overview

Matthau by Rob Edelman, Audrey Kupferberg

Funny yet down-to-earth, honest yet full of exaggeration, actor Walter Matthau (1920-2000) will always occupy a place in America's heart as one of the great comic talents of his generation. Born Walter Matuschanskayasky into Jewish tenements on New York's Lower East Side, he was a child actor in New York Yiddish theater, and later a World War II Air Force radioman-gunner. He paid dues for ten years on Broadway, in summer stock, and on television before landing his film debut The Kentuckian in 1955. By the time of his 1968 casting as cantankerous but lovable slob Oscar Madison in the film version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, Matthau had won major Hollywood stardom. Based on dozens of interviews and extensive research, this book covers the breadth of his often-complicated personal life and multi-faceted career, including his unforgettable performances in such films as The Fortune Cookie, A Guide for the Married Man, Plaza Suite, Charley Varrick, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Sunshine Boys, The Bad News Bears, California Suite, and Grumpy Old Men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878332748
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2002
Edition description: 1ST TAYLOR
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Rob Edelman and , authors of Meet the Mertzes, Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen, and The John Travolta Scrapbook, are both lecturers in film history at the State University of New York-Albany. They live in Amsterdam, New York.

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Matthau 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
Matthau:A Life is a great read any movie buff,and gives a great example of a poor Russian Jew during the 1920s who worked his way out of poverty and became an achiever.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
Matthau:A Life is a great read any movie buff,and gives a great example of a poor Russian Jew during the 1920s who worked his way out of poverty and became an achiever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matthau:A Life,is a great book,but it's grusome . It gives a profile of what life was like for Jews during the 1920s. Matthau was an amzing man. He struggled through poverty and became a star. One of the most interesting things he says in this book is'I really felt silly about playing Mr.Wilson in Dennis The Menace,because it's a children's movie.'