This Day in Jewish History 1920: A Grumpy Old Man Is Born

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

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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...