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Michael Stevens’ (Vsauce) Net Worth, Wife, Height – Biography

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• Michael Stevens is a public speaker, educator, entertainer, comedian, and YouTuber with over 15.5 million subscribers.
• He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in neuropsychology and English literature.
• He created his own YouTube channel Vsauce which is a popular educational channel with over 1.8 billion views.
• He has collaborated with celebrities and other media personalities and has won two Webby Awards and one Streamy Award.
• He has an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Who is Michael Stevens?

Michael Stevens is quite a multi-talented personality – he is not only a public speaker and an educator, but an entertainer, comedian as well as a popular YouTuber, who is most popular for his channel Vsauce, known for its miscellaneous content covering scientific, philosophical, psychological and gaming topics among a variety of other themes. While his channel currently counts over 15.5 million subscribers, Michael is also widely recognized as the creator of YouTube Premium’s web documentary series entitled “Mind Field“.

Early Life and Education

Michael David Stevens was born under the astrological sign of Aquarius, on the 23rd January 1986, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, into the family of a teaching assistant and a chemical engineer. He is of American nationality, white ethnicity. He has a sister named Melissa. During his time at Blue Valley High School, he was regularly involved in its drama club, and several informative speech programs. Upon matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in neuropsychology with a second major in English literature.

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Early Career

Michael joined YouTube in July 2007, and began producing short video clips under the name pooplicker888, and soon after the caught attention of Funny or Die and CollegeHumor. Later that year, using the moniker CamPain2008, Stevens began uploading dubbed and ‘superimposed’ comic video skits about the forthcoming presidential election.

After being approached by YouTube’s Head of Comedy, Ben Relles, Michael joined the comedy channel Barely Political (currently known as The Key of Awesome).

Between 2008 and 2010, he regularly contributed to the channel’s content, simultaneously being a member of a web TV company Next New Networks, later rebranded as The YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group.

Vsauce

In the summer of 2010 Stevens launched his own YouTube channel named Vsauce. During its early stages, it was mainly focused on video games and gaming culture, featuring several series such as V-LIST, LÜT, IMG and DONG, later renamed to D!NG).

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Not wanting to just create educational content, but to present it as a logical journey in a fun yet thought-provoking manner by ‘celebrating curiosity about out-of-the ordinary questions‘, Stevens launched two more channels – Vsauce 2 and Vsauce3 – to which he shifted all his video-gaming related videos, leaving Vsauce free and open for educational discussion content.

Some of his most popular videos so far include “Travel INSIDE a Black Hole” released in March 2012 and viewed over 27 million times, followed by “Is Earth Actually Flat?” with almost 30 million views since its release in December 2014, and “What If Everyone JUMPED At Once?” which was released in August 2012 and has so far accumulated over 31 million views.

Among a vast number of topics, Stevens has covered some intriguing and uncommon questions, such as “Is The 5-Second Rule True?”, “What If The Sun Disappeared?”, “Why Do We Kiss?” or “What Color Is A Mirror?” to name a few. Channel’s content is dived into numerous thematic playlists, including Physics, Space, Human Behavior as well as Perception, Technology and Cool Experiments among several others.

Vsauce is YouTube’s most popular educational channel, currently counting over 360 videos that have accumulated more than 1.8 billion views.

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He has also collaborated with several other celebrities and media personalities, such as Chris Pratt, Bill Nye, Derek Muller and David Attenborough. Michael is known for his catchphrase “Hey Vsauce, Michael here” with which he begins every video. He’s been honored with two Webby Awards, in 2014 and 2016, as well as with a Streamy Award in 2015.

Public Speaker

Between 2012 and 2016, Stevens served as a content strategist for Google’s London headquarters. In 2013, he teamed up with TED, and soon after he hosted two TED talks including “How much does a video weigh?” at TEXActive and at TEDxVienna, where he covered the topic “Why do we ask questions?”.

Additionally, as a public speaker Michael has collaborated with companies and organizations such as the MIPTV Media Market, Novo Nordisk, Adweek and the Edinburgh International Television Festival, to name a few.

“Mind Field” web series

In 2017, Michael Stevens teamed up with a fabricator, special effects creator and “MythBuster” Adam Savage, with whom he went on the “Brain Candy Live” Tour across the states, during which the duo visited over 40 cities, performing a two-hour science-based live show.

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In January 2017, helped by the partnership of YouTube Red (nowadays referred to as YouTube Premium), Michael created and launched his own documentary series, entitled “Mind Field” and focused on exploring various aspects of human behavior, with special attention guided towards brain and consciousness. The show received positive reviews from viewers, and is currently in its fourth season.

Personal Life

Michael sports a toned body, standing 5ft 8ins (1.72 m) tall and weighing around 170lbs (77 kgs).

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Not much is known about his private life, except that since 2016 he has been married to Marnie, with whom he welcomed their firstborn child – a daughter Maeve in August 2019.

Net Worth

It is estimated by sources that, as of mid-2020, Michael Stevens’ net worth revolves around quite an impressive sum of $6 million, plus assets such as the estate located in Los Angeles’ Beachwood Canyon, valued at $2.19 million. His wealth has been primarily acquired through his YouTube channel Vsauce, that has been active for almost 20 years now.

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How much is Stephanie Courtney worth? Children, Husband,  Age

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Who is Stephanie Courtney?

Stephanie is an American actress and comedian, best known for her role as “Flo” in a series of popular television commercials for Progressive Insurance, and as a member of the improv comedy group Groundlings.

Stephanie’s Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Stephanie Courtney was born on 8 February 1970, in Stony Point, New York, USA. She was raised in a family of three children, by their parents a high school history teacher and a singer/voice teacher. However, there’s no information available publicly about her siblings.

She matriculated from North Rockland High School then enrolled at Binghamton University. While there, she played Elizabeth Proctor in “The Crucible”, then after graduating with a degree in English, she moved to New York City, where she studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Ultimately, she moved to Los Angeles, where she lived with her sister, actress Jennifer Courtney, and the two created the sketch “Those Courtney Girls”, which they performed at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

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Career Beginnings

Ultimately, she joined the training program of the improvisational and comedy sketch group The Groundlings, and in 2004 she officially became a member of the 30-person main company. Before her career got going, she held several odd jobs to support herself, including catering.

Her first on-screen appearance was in the TV series “Mr. Show with Bob and David” in 1998, and in 2002 she was in the TV comedy series “Everybody Loves Raymond”. In 2003 she starred in the comedy film “Melvin Goes to Dinner”, while in 2007, she starred as Sara in the comedy film “The Brothers Solomon”, directed by Bob Odenkirk.

Rise to Prominence

The same year, Stephanie appeared in the romantic comedy film “The Heartbreak Kid” as Gayla, the best friend of the female lead, Miranda.

Moreover, she was seen as Marge in the popular series “Mad Men”, while in 2008, she rose to stardom when she originated the role of Flo in the series of commercials for Progressive Insurance. Stephanie’s portrayal of Flo in television and radio commercials has become one of the most recognizable and successful advertising campaigns. Since 2008 when she first appeared, Stephanie has made more than 100 appearances as Flo, and become known for her comedic timing, upbeat personality, and distinctive retro hairstyle.

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Over the years, the commercial has expanded and now includes a number of other characters, including those played by Natalie Palamides, Holly Austin, and Jim Cashman, various storylines, and spin-offs, but Flo is still the central figure of the campaign.

Her success in the role has led to numerous accolades, including a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2012.

In addition, Stephanie has portrayed several other notable characters. She’s mainly guest-starred in a number of popular TV series. In 2010 she was seen as Denise in the TV series “Sons of Tucson”, and also appeared in “House” as Claire, while in 2014, she played Eleanor in one episode of the TV series “2 Broke Girls”.

The same year, Stephanie appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed TV romantic comedy-drama series “You’re the Worst”, about two toxic people who fall in love, starring Chris Geere, Aya Cash and Desmin Borges, and continued with one-time appearances in “In-Between” in 2015, “Major Crimes” in 2016, while in 2017 she was Cathy Gile in the TV comedy-drama film “Girlfriend’s Day”, starring Bob Odenkirk, Amber Tamblyn and Stacy Keach.

In 2018 she secured the role of Essie Karp in the popular ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs”, and has so far appeared in 31 episodes of the critically acclaimed series, set in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, that follows the antics of the titular family, which consists of the overbearing matriarch Beverly Goldberg played by Wendi McLendon-Covey, her husband Murray played by Jeff Garlin, and their three children, Erica (Hayley Orrantia), Barry (Troy Gentile), and Adam, portrayed by Sean Giambrone.

She is currently working on the upcoming TV comedy series “Wags to Riches”.

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Work with Groundlings

Since becoming an official member of the famous improv comedy group, she has worked on a number of shows and plays, including “The Not Inappropriate Show”, which also features Bob Odenkirk, Greg Worswick, Ashley Padilla and others, then “Hofoco Show” in which she appears alongside Jordan Black, Cedric Yarborough, Andrew Friedman Kyle Mooney among others, and the puppet show “The Glorious Ladies of Puppetry meet The Glorious Ladies of Groundlings”, which features an ensemble cast of Peggy Maltby Etra, Candace Brown, Sarah Sarang Oh, Roxana Ortega, and others, directed by Colleen Smith.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Stephanie Courtney’s net worth is estimated at over $6 million as of early 2023.

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Personal Life, Dating, Married, Husband, Children

During her early years at the Groundlings, Stephanie met her future husband, Scott Kolanach. He works as a lighting director for the aforementioned improve group, and his credits include the drama film “Janeane from Des Moines”, which starred Michele Bachmann, Jill Bartlett, and Zachary Barton.

Stephanie and Scott married on 25 November 2008 and since then have welcomed a son born in 2010, but they haven’t revealed his name.

Appearance and Body Measurements

Stephanie Courtney has dark brown hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), weighs approximately 130lbs (60kgs), with vital statistics of 34-26-34, and bra size 38B.

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Facts and Trivia

Stephanie Courtney isn’t active on social media and rarely talks about her personal life in the media.

Portraying Flo has garnered her massive financial gain – according to some reports, she earns around $500,000 a year just from her engagement to Flo, who although Flo known for her quirky personality, Stephanie has said that she isn’t like that at all, and is quite the opposite of Flo. The popularity of Flo has brought the unbreakable duo into the video game “ModNation Racers” (2010).

She has said that seeing the play “The Pirates of Penzance” on Broadway for Christmas as a child inspired her to pursue acting.

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The Life and Laughter of Dudley Moore: A Comic Genius with a Tragic Flaw

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Who was Dudley Moore?

The late British actor, comedian and musician Dudley Stuart John Moore, was born in Charing Cross Hospital, London, England, on 19 April 1935, meaning that Aries was his zodiac sign. He appeared in 49 movies and TV series prior to his death in 2002, and is perhaps still remembered best for playing the lead character Arthur Bach in the 1981 romantic comedy movie “Arthur”, written and directed by Steve Gordon, and which also starred Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud. It follows alcoholic Arthur Bach who has to marry a woman whom he doesn’t love if he wants to inherit the $750 billion fortune, however, he’s now fallen for a poor waitress; the movie won 11 of its 17 award nominations, including two Oscar wins for Best Music, Original Song and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John Gielgud).

Education and early life

Dudley was raised alongside his older sister Barbara in Dagenham, Essex by their father John Moore who was a railway electrician, and mother Ada Francis (nee Hughes) who was a secretary.

Dudley was bullied at elementary school because of his short stature and club feet; he underwent corrective treatment, and his right foot was ‘fixed’ by the time he turned six, however, his left foot remained twisted, and his left leg withered below the knee for the rest of his life. He was only six when he joined a school choir, and was 11 when awarded a scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music; Dudley played a number of instruments during his time at the school, including the violin, organ and harpsichord – he was only 14 when he began playing the organ at church weddings.

Dudley studied at Dagenham County High School, from which he matriculated in 1953; he continued his education at Magdalen College, Oxford on an organ scholarship, and it was during his time there that he became interested in acting, as well as in jazz music.

Dudley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1957, and then ventured into acting and comedy; one of his first notable performances was starring in the comedy act “Beyond the Fringe”, which was performed in the UK and the USA from 1960 through 1964, and was even attended by the late US President Kennedy on 10 February 1963.

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Roles in movies

Dudley’s debut film role was playing Piano Accompanist in the 1961 thriller “The Third Alibi”, while some of his following roles were in the 1964 short animated comedy “The Hat” (lead voice role), the 1965 short animated drama “Flatland” (voice role) and the 1966 crime comedy “The Wrong Box”.

He gained recognition in 1967, when cast to star as Stanley Moon in the romantic fantasy comedy “Bedazzled”, directed by Stanley Donen, and which also starred Peter Cook and Eleanor Bron. It follows a man who’s sold his soul to the devil for seven wishes, but still can’t win the love of his crush.

The first half of the ‘70s saw Dudley appear in several movies, including the 1971 comedy “Behind the Fridge”, the 1972 family fantasy “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and the 1974 mystery comedy “’Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen”. The year 1979 saw him play the lead character George Webber in the hit romantic comedy “10”, written and directed by Blake Edwards, and which also starred Bo Derek and Julie Andrews. It follows a Hollywood composer who’s fallen for a recently married woman, and the film was nominated for 12 awards, including an Oscar for Best Music, Original Score.

Some of Dudley’s most notable performances in the ‘80s were perhaps in the 1984 romantic musical comedy “Unfaithfully Yours”, the 1985 adventure family fantasy “Santa Claus: The Movie”, and the 1988 romantic comedy “Arthur 2: On the Rocks”.

In 1992, he starred as Melvyn Orton in the comedy “Blame It on the Bellboy”, written and directed by Mark Herman, and which also starred Bronson Pinchot and Bryan Brown; the film follows a bellboy whose bad English has led a group of strangers staying at his hotel to clash.

Dudley’s final three film roles were in the  comedy “The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson”, and the romantic comedy “A Weekend in the Country” both I 1996, and the 1998 animated family adventure “The Mighty Kong” (voice role).

Roles in TV series

Dudley’s debut TV series appearance was in the 1964 episode “A Trip to the Moon” of the drama “Chronicle”, and the remainder of the ‘60s saw him appear in an episode of the drama “Love Story”, the drama “Five More” and the family drama “Film Review”. From 1965 through 1970, he portrayed various characters in the comedy “Not Only… But Also”, starring alongside Peter Cook and Chris Karan; the series follows Pete and Dud as they’re discussing various matters, and it won two awards.

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Dudley had only a single TV series role in the ‘70s, playing Sheik Achmed in the 1975 episode “Those Wedding Bell Blues” of the adventure comedy “When Things Were Rotten”, and didn’t appear in any series in the ‘80s.

His following role came in 1992, when cast to play Special Guest in an episode of the musical comedy “Noel’s House Party”, while the following year saw him star as Dudley Bristol in the comedy “Dudley”, which follows the life of a divorced cabaret pianist; the series was nominated for two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lightning Direction.

His final three TV series roles were in three episodes of the 1994 comedy “Daddy’s Girls”, all the 39 episodes of the 1996 animated adventure comedy “Oscar’s Orchestra” (lead voice role) and 13 episodes of the historical documentary “Really Wild Animals” from 1993 through 1998.

Other credits

Dudley had 14 writing credits, which included the 1971 comedy movie “Behind the Fridge”, the 1978 crime horror comedy film “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, and the 1979 comedy film “Derek and Clive Get the Horn”.

He received special thanks for the 1984 family movie “Tale of a Tiger” and the 1990 episode “Los Angeles” of the documentary series “Clive James’ Postcard from…”

Some of Dudley’s final talk-show appearances were in “Very Important Pennis”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “E! True Hollywood Story”.

Awards and nominations

Dudley won six of his 17 award nominations. Some of his wins included a 1975 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for “Good Evening”, a 1982 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for his performance in “Arthur”, and a 1985 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, for “Micki + Maude”.

Dudley received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 23 September 1987.

He was also nominated for a 1982 Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for “Arthur”.

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Love life and relationships

Dudley was married four times. His first wife was British retired actress Suzy Kendal (born Freda Harriet Harrison); the two married on 15 June 1968 and divorced on 15 September 1972.

Dudley’s second wife was American actress Tuesday Weld; they exchanged vows on 20 September 1975, and Tuesday gave birth to their son Patrick on 26 February 1976. Their divorce was finalized on 18 July 1980.

He and his third wife Brogan Lane married on 21 February 1988 and divorced in 1991.

Dudley’s fourth wife was Nicole Rothschild; they married on 16 April 1994, and she gave birth to their son Nicholas on 28 June 1995; Dudley and Nicole divorced in 1998.

He also dated American actress Susan Ellen Anton in the first half of the ‘80s, and it’s interesting to note that she was 21cm taller than him; Dudley’s height was 5ft 2ins (1.59m) and Susan’s 5ft 11ins (1.8m).

Dudley was single at the time of his passing.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Dudley was arrested in 1994 after his wife-to-be Nicole accused him of assaulting her.

American musician and author Rena Fruchter was holding Dudley’s hand at the time of his passing, and later revealed that his final words were ‘I can hear the music all around me’; she wrote a memoir about their friendship “Dudley Moore”, published in 2004.

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire in November 2001, and attended the ceremony in a wheelchair.

Dudley and American actor and producer Gerard Anthony ‘Tony’ Bill were owners of a restaurant in Venice, California which opened in 1983 and closed in November 2000.

Dudley’s favorite actor was Gene Kelly, who passed away six years before him; some of Dudley’s favorite movies were “On the Town”, “Inherit the Wind” and “An American in Paris”.

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Death and wealth

Dudley spent five days in hospital in April 1997, and was then informed by doctors that he had irreversible frontal lobe damage and calcium deposits in his brain’s basal ganglia; he suffered four strokes and underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery.

He revealed on 30 September 1999 that he was suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), which is a terminal degenerative brain disorder; he died from pneumonia caused by PSP on 27 March 2002, aged 66.

Dudley’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated at over $25 million.

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About Walter Matthau: The Man Behind the Grumpy Old Men

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Who is Walter Matthau?

The late American actor, comedian and director Walter Matthau was born as Walter John Matthow in New York City, USA, on 1 October 1920, meaning that Libra was his zodiac sign. He appeared in 107 movies and TV series prior to his death in 2000, and is perhaps still remembered best for playing the lead character Oscar Madison in the 1968 comedy movie “The Odd Couple”, directed by Gene Saks, and which also starred Jack Lemmon and John Fiedler. It follows a man who’s just separated from his wife, and has moved in with his best friend who’s a divorced sportswriter; the film won three of its 12 award nominations, including two Oscar nominations for Best Film Editing and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

Education and early life

Walter was raised in New York City alongside his two brothers, by their Ukrainian-Jewish father Milton Matuschansky who was an electrician and peddler, and Lithuanian-Jewish mother Rose (nee Berolsky) who worked in a garment sweatshop.

He became interested in acting while attending the sleepaway camp Tranquility Camp, and appeared in a number of plays which were performed at the camp on Saturday nights; Walter also honed his acting skills at Surprise Lake Camp.

He studied at Seward Park High School, from which he matriculated in 1939; Walter then spent several months working as a concession stand cashier, prior to joining the US Army.

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Second World War

Walter served in the US Army Air Force as a radio operator-air gunner during the Second World War, in the crew of the heavy bomber Consolidated B-24 Liberator; he and the late American actor James Maitland ‘Jimmy’ Stewart were members of the same 453rd Bombardment Group, based in Norfolk, England at Royal Air Force Old Buckenham, and flew missions during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war ended, he returned to the US determined to become an actor.

Roles in TV series

Walter’s debut TV series appearance was in the 1950 episode “Roy J. Battersby, New York Reporter” of the drama “The Big Story”, and the following years saw him appear in an episode of the action mystery “Shadow of the Cloak”, the comedy “Lux Video Theatre” and another comedy “Mister Peepers”. From 1952 through 1958, Walter appeared in a couple of episodes of the anthology drama “Kraft Theatre”, which starred Ed Herlihy, Vaughn Taylor and Valerie Cossart; each episode is a stand-alone drama story, the series aired from 1947 through 1958 and won three of its 11 award nominations.

Walter appeared in an episode of a couple of series in the ‘60s, including the adventure crime comedy “The Rogues”, the drama “Dr. Kildare”, and the biographical historical drama “Profiles in Courage”.

He had only a single TV series role in the ‘70s, playing Adam in the 1977 episode “This Side of Eden” of the anthology drama “Insight”, which starred Ellwood Kieser and Pat McGeehan, and tells stories of love, freedom and meaning; the series aired from 1960 through 1984, and won nine of its 13 award nominations. This was also Walter’s final TV series role.

Roles in movies

Walter’s debut film role was playing Stan Bodline in the 1955 western “The Kentuckian”, directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred in it alongside Diana Lynn and Diane Foster. It follows a Kentucky widower as he’s travelling to Texas with his son in the 1820s, and the film was nominated for two awards. Some of Walter’s other roles in the ‘50s were in the musical “A Face in the Crowd” and thecrime drama “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” both in 1957, and the 1958 crime musical “King Creole”.

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In 1963, Walter portrayed one of the main characters Hamilton Bartholomew in the critically acclaimed romantic mystery comedy “Charade”, directed by Stanley Donen, and which also starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It follows a woman who’s being pursued by gangsters in Paris, France as they want back a fortune which her murdered husband had stolen; the film won four of its 13 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Song. The remainder of the ‘60s saw Walter appear in the 1964 romantic fantasy comedy “Goodbye Charlie”, the 1968 adventure fantasy comedy “Candy”, and the 1969 romantic comedy “Cactus Flower”.

What marked the ‘70s for Walter was perhaps playing the lead character Coach Morris Buttermaker in the family comedy “The Bad News Bears”, directed by Michael Ritchie, and which also starred Tatum O’Neal and Vic Morrow. It follows a baseball coach as he’s coaching a team of misfits, and the film won one of its three award nominations.

Some of Walter’s notable performances in the ‘80s were in the 1982 comedy “I Ought to Be in Pictures”, the 1986 action adventure comedy “Pirates” and the 1988 romantic fantasy comedy “The Little Devil”.

In 1993, he starred as Mr. Wilson in the popular family comedy “Dennis the Menace”, directed by Nick Castle, and which also starred Mason Gamble and Joan Plowright. It follows young boy Dennis who’s driving his neighbor Mr. Wilson crazy, and the film won three of its six award nominations.

Walter’s final three film roles were in the 1998 adventure comedy “The Odd Couple II”, the 1998 romantic comedy “The Marriage Fool” and the 2000 comedy “Hanging Up”.

Other credits

Walter directed the 1959 crime thriller movie “Gangster Story”, and produced the 1980 romantic comedy film “Little Miss Marker”.

He received special thanks for five movies, including the 1993 documentary “Billy Wilder, Artiste”, the 1998 biographical sports documentary “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”, and the 1999 documentary movie “Making Life Beautiful”.

Some of Walter’s final talk-show appearances were in “Private Screenings”, “Intimate Portrait” and “Larry King Live”.

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Awards and nominations

Walter won 12 of his 28 award nominations, including his 1967 Oscar win for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance in “The Fortune Cookie”; he was also nominated for two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1972 and 1976, for “Kotch” and “The Sunshine Boys”, respectively.

Some of his other wins include a 1974 BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor, a 1993 ShoWest Convention Lifetime Achievement Award and a 1997 American Lifetime Achievement in Comedy Award.

Walter was presented with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 9 March 1982.

Love life and marriages

Walter was married twice. His first wife was non-celebrity American Grace Geraldine Johnson; they married in 1948, had children David and Jenny together, but divorced in 1958.

In 1959, Walter married his second wife Carol Grace, the late American actress and author; she was four years his junior and had only four acting credits, perhaps still remembered best for playing Carol Logan – Librarian in the 1959 crime thriller movie “Gangster Story”. Carol gave birth to their son Charles Marcus Matthau on 10 December 1962, and he’s today a successful actor, screenwriter, producer and director; Walter also helped raise Carol’s two children from a former marriage Lucy Saroyan and Aram Saroyan.

At the time of his death, Walter was married to his second wife Carol Grace.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Walter was a heavy smoker, and it’s believed that this led to his first heart attack in 1966; he underwent heart bypass surgery in 1976, and suffered double pneumonia in 1993. Walter had a colon tumor removed in 1995, and then suffered from pneumonia again in 1999.

Walter and one of his close friends, the late American actor, producer and director Jack Lemmon appeared alongside in nine movies, included the 1966 “The Fortune Cookie”, the 1981 “Buddy Buddy” and the 1995 “The Grass Harp”.

He was a gambler, and once estimated that he’d lost $5 million by gambling.

Famous American actor and screenwriter Dan Castellaneta’s claimed that his voicing of Homer Simpson was an impersonation of Walter.

He was a huge fan of classical music, and often sang Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart pieces while acting.

Walter was a tall man, standing at 6ft 3ins (1.9m).

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Death and wealth

Walter struggled with atherosclerotic heart disease during his final years of life; he died from a heart attack early in the morning on 1 July 2000, aged 79, and his body was buried at Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Walter’s wife passed away in 2003 and was buried in the same grave.

At the time of his passing, Walter’s net worth was estimated at over $10 million.

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