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Walter Matthau

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“My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I told him I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more”.

Often a great actor is remembered specifically for a particular personality that he played, or for masterfully becoming the “part” into which he had been cast and performing it with incredible brilliance. A great actor is often the sum of “his characters”.

However, this parameter does not apply to Walter Matthau. To him, a different metric has to be employed, a different way of remembering an actor. When thinking of Matthau’s films, you almost exclusively visualize Matthau himself, and the way in which his powerful stage presence, charisma, his unmistakable facial expressions dominated the scene. Just one of his unparalleled sardonic smiles was enough to pass over any caustic remark that he had made, and forgive him anything.

All considered, when considering Walter Matthau, we almost forget the actor, and often even the film and the personality whom he was playing, and we remember him alone. The man, the way he was as if reminding us of a noisy, amusing, and ironic friend whose unmistakable face made us laugh every time. This was his greatness: in every film, there was Walter, that grumpy Walter whom you would absolve for anything.

Even though he had won an Oscar and was nominated on two other occasions, he was great just for “being Walter Matthau”. His filmography is constellated with movies that have become iconic, with his participation in one of the greatest comic duos of all time, with Jack Lemmon, making Walter Matthau a timeless classic.

Bachelor, separated, a baseball commentator, a distracted smoker, an inveterate poker player, a night owl, hopelessly untidy. This would be enough to propel a character into a different world. In his finest interpretations, Walter Matthau is all this, with his annoying defects that you are always ready to forgive when you see him smile in the way that only he can. Depicting Matthau was not just a tribute to an unforgettable actor, but also an adventure in his world made of many small details that we have reproduced with great accuracy.

For example, under his arm, he is carrying a copy of the famous magazine “Sports Illustrated”, the issue published on August 19th, 1968 which was not only the year in which one of his most famous films appeared “The Odd Couple”, but also, inside, Mr. Walter Matthau is shown while enjoying a baseball match, his great passion, in the reporters’ box. In this way, utilizing the fantastic cooperation and support offered by his son Charlie, we have succeeded in capturing the essence of Matthau’s comedy talent for a statuette that will offer the perfect commemoration of the golden age of American Comedy, at last bringing back one of the most famous comic duos of all time.


Additional Details
Purchase Limits
Limit of 6 per person.
Product Size
Height: 14.3" (36.3 cm)
Width: 7.8" (19.8 cm)
Depth: 1.5" (3.8 cm) *

Box Size
Height: 6.00" (15.2 cm)
Width: 18.25" (46.4 cm)
Depth: 22.75" (57.8 cm) *

Shipping Weight
11.64 lbs (5.3 kg) *

* Size and weight are approx. values
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Item shown is a prototype. When shipped, the final production piece may differ in appearance.

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2 Reviews
Oscar and Felix at their Finest
December 5, 2022  |   Collector
5 star review

Beautifully crafted statues. I love Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon and wanted a way to show it. These were perfect. Not sure how I'm going to get these hefty things in a display case, but the quality is amazing. I was not expecting it to be of such high quality. I didn't realize only 200 of these were made. That makes it even more special. Thank you!

Love it
March 2, 2022  |   Naomi S.
5 star review

This is a great looking statue. He looks just like the proto and you can see that this is Walter Matthau. There is no mistaking that nose of his LOL