This Day in Jewish History A Grumpy Old Man Is Born

Walter Matthau built a half-century long career by combining irascibility with irresistible lovability.

October 1, 1920, is the birthdate of the comic actor Walter Matthau, he of the basset hound eyes, the sourpuss mouth and a sardonic delivery that could make recitation of the phone book sound disdainful. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he starred in over a dozen plays and more than 60 movies.