Charles Matthau

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Charles Matthau
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Matthau at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Freaky Deaky
Born Charles Marcus Matthau
(1962-12-10) December 10, 1962 (age 55)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Michele Bauer 1989-2003 (divorced)
Ashley Anderson (2004–present)
Parent(s) Walter Matthau
Carol Grace

Charles "Charlie" Matthau (born December 10, 1962) is a film and television director and actor and the son of actor Walter Matthau and actress/author Carol Saroyan.

Life and career[edit]

Born in New York City, he appeared as a child actor alongside his father in such films as Charley Varrick (1973), The Bad News Bears (1976) and House Calls (1978). Among his directorial projects have been The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool, both of which starred his father. He also directed Doin' Time on Planet Earth (1988), Her Minor Thing (2005), Baby-O (2009) and Freaky Deaky (2012), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[1][2]

He was named for his mother's stepfather, aviation industrialist Charles Marcus and for his godfather, Charlie Chaplin. He attended the University of Southern California, where he met his first wife, Michele Bauer, BA, Masters, Law. He and his current wife, Ashley, were seen on an episode of HGTV's Selling New York in June 2013.[3] Ashley is a dancer and working on her own teahouse.[4]


Charlie Matthau is one of three founding nonprofit Board of Directors for the Maria Gruber Foundation, a charitable foundation based in Beverly Hills, California.[5] [6][7][8][9][10] He has expressed that the Maria Gruber Foundation aligns with his philanthropic goals. The foundation's mission focuses on raising awareness through education by creating collaborative educational tools, a support system with guidance counselors, grief counselors, and volunteers, as well as removing some of the personal and familial helplessness from the diagnosis of a terminal disease.[11]


  1. ^ Lyttelton, Oliver (2013-05-14). "From Best To Worst: Elmore Leonard Movie Adaptation". Indie Wire. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  2. ^ "Charles Matthau, IMDb". IMDb. November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Selling New York S7E1&2: Getting Back in the Game". Curbed. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  4. ^ "Ashley Matthau biography". The Matthau Company. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  5. ^ "Philanthropy". The Maria Gruber Foundation. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  6. ^ "When Robert Evans Hosted Seder". Laist. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. ^ "Death of Walter Matthau". Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. ^ "Walter Matthau Obituary". Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. ^ "Telegraph Obituary, Walter Matthau". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  10. ^ "From the Archives: Walter Matthau, An Expert Actor Perfected Grumpy, Rumpled Roles". L.A. Times. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  11. ^ "Mission". Maria Gruber Foundation. Retrieved 2017-11-18.

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