Was Walter Matthau Jewish?

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Walter Matthau

Well, to make a long story short, Walter Matthau was Jewish!

Since Walter Matthau's mother was Jewish, and in Judaism one's religion is based on one's mother's religion, then that makes him also Jewish. His father was Jewish too.

Walter Matthau (who's full birth name was Walter John Matthow) was born on October 1, 1920 in New York City, New York.

He is best known for his role in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple co-star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Besides the Oscar, he was the winner of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony awards.

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