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Matthau Leaves Mark in Cement

April 3, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Walter Matthau shed his socks and rolled up his sleeves to leave his impression on Hollywood, Oscar Madison-style.

Matthau, 77, stuck his hands and feet in wet cement in the courtyard at Mann’s Chinese Theatre, cheered by more than 500 people, including frequent co-star Jack Lemmon.

The event was part of the publicity campaign for the April 10 release of Neil Simon’s new movie ``The Odd Couple II,″ which reunites Matthau and Lemmon as the mismatched former Manhattan roommates Felix and Oscar. This time they’re becoming in-laws.

In addition to the hands and feet impressions at the Hollywood Boulevard landmark, the Chinese Theatre tourist mecca features impressions of Al Jolson’s knee, Jimmy Durante’s nose, Betty Grable’s leg and Whoopi Goldberg’s braids.

Matthau won an Academy Award in 1966 for ``The Fortune Cookie.″ His film credits include ``The Kentuckian,″ ``The Bad News Bears,″ ``The Sunshine Boys″ and, with Lemmon, ``Grumpy Old Men″ and ``Out to Sea.″

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