Walter Matthau Shares An Anecdote About A Fellow Hospital Patient And His Bizarre Breakfast Request

In the following 2-minute clip, taken from a 1982 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, legendary film and theatre actor Walter Matthau — whose credits include The Odd Couple (1968), Charade (1963) and Grumpy Old Men (1993) — shares a humorous anecdote with host Johnny Carson about a hospital patient with whom he shared a room while undergoing a procedure on his eyes. The anecdote describes said patient’s desire to have a somewhat unusual, “customised” breakfast.

Best known for his frequent collaboration with fellow thespian and comedian Jack Lemmon, Matthau won one Academy Award, two Tony Awards and one Golden Globe Award during a hugely impressive film and stage career.