Walter Matthau, authentic autograph on b/w photo. Size: 4 x 5.5 inches. The autograph comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Matthau was born in New York City as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants.
In 1955, he made his motion picture debut as a whip-wielding bad guy in The Kentuckian opposite Kirk Douglas. He appeared in many movies after this as a villain such as the 1958 King Creole (where he is beaten up by Elvis Presley). That same year, he made a western called Ride A Crooked Trail with Audie Murphy. Matthau also directed a low budget 1960 movie called The Gangster Story. In 1962, he won acclaim as a sympathetic sheriff in Lonely Are the Brave. He also played the bad guy in Charade, which starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
In 1966, he again achieved glory as a shady lawyer opposite future friend and frequent co-star, actor Jack Lemmon, in The Fortune Cookie.
Matthau and Lemmon became lifelong friends after making this movie.