Actors: That Wonderful What's-His-Name

Playwright Neil Simon (Barefoot in the Park)— at a cocktail party two years ago when he spotted just the guy he had been looking for. He walked over and announced: "You're gonna be in my next play." "Who are you? replied Walter Matthau. Coming from Matthau, those were brave words. Usually it's the other way round.

No one knows Walter Matthau. Oh, the name (properly pronounced,

Math-ow) may sound familiar, but, despite 21 movies, 21 Broadway plays and 158 TV shows, it is mostly just something dimly recalled from the grey of the co-credits. But no more. Because Playwright Neil Simon...

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