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Jack Lemmon
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Lemmon in 1968
Born
John Uhler Lemmon III

(1925-02-08)February 8, 1925
Died June 27, 2001(2001-06-27) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Alma mater Harvard College
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1949–2000
Spouse(s)
Cynthia Stone
(m. 1950; div. 1956)

Felicia Farr
(m. 1962)
Children 2, including Chris Lemmon
Military career
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1945–46
Rank Ensign

John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor.

Life and career

Los Angeles (California, USA), Hollywood Boulevard, Jack Lemmon -- 2012 -- 4999
Lemmon's Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California, USA July 19, 2012

Lemmon was born in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, where his father, John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., was the president of a doughnut company. His mother was Mildred Burgess Noel.

At Harvard, Lemmon was a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and was commissioned by the United States Navy, serving briefly as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard after completing his military service. After graduation with a degree in War Service Sciences in 1947, Lemmon took up acting professionally, working on radio, television and Broadway.

Lemmon's film debut was a bit part in the 1949 film The Lady Takes a Sailor, but he was not noticed until his official debut opposite Judy Holliday in the 1954 It Should Happen to You. He became a favorite actor of director Billy Wilder, starring in many of his his films.

Throughout his career, Lemmon often appeared in films alongside actor Walter Matthau. They would go on to be one of the most beloved duos in cinema history. Lemmon was one of the best-liked actors in Hollywood. He is remembered as taking time for people, as the actor Kevin Spacey recalled in a tribute. In his autobiography, My Life, Burt Reynolds recalls Lemmon as the quintessential gentleman who never spoke ill of anyone, even if they deserved it.

Death

Jack Lemmon grave at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Brentwood, California
Jack Lemmon's grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Lemmon died of metastatic cancer of the bladder on June 27, 2001. He had been fighting the disease, privately, for two years before his death. He was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California, buried near his friend and co-star, Walter Matthau, who died almost exactly one year before Lemmon. His gravestone reads like a title screen from a film: "JACK LEMMON in"

Filmography

Film

1950 Once Too Often Mike Unknown Uncredited
1953 It Should Happen to You Pete Sheppard George Cukor
1954 Phffft Robert Tracey Mark Robson
1955 Three for the Show Martin "Marty" Stewart H. C. Potter
1955 Mister Roberts Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver John Ford & Mervyn LeRoy Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1955 My Sister Eileen Robert "Bob" Baker Richard Quine
1955 Hollywood Bronc Busters Himself
1956 You Can't Run Away from It Peter Warne Dick Powell
1957 Fire Down Below Tony Robert Parrish
1957 Operation Mad Ball Private Hogan Richard Quine Nominated — Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
1958 Cowboy Frank Harris Delmer Daves
1958 Bell, Book and Candle Nicky Holroyd Richard Quine
1959 Some Like It Hot Jerry "Gerald" / "Daphne" Billy Wilder BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
1959 It Happened to Jane George Denham Richard Quine
1960 The Apartment C. C. Baxter Billy Wilder BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
1960 Stowaway in the Sky Narrator Albert Lamorisse Voice
1960 Pepe Daphne George Sidney Cameo
1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army Lt. Rip Crandall Richard Murphy
1962 The Notorious Landlady William "Bill" Gridley Richard Quine
1962 Days of Wine and Roses Joe Clay Blake Edwards Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Foreign Performer
San Sebastián International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Sant Jordi Award for Best Performance in a Foreign Film
Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1963 Irma la Douce Nestor Patou / Lord X Billy Wilder Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree Hogan David Swift Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1964 Good Neighbor Sam Sam Bissel David Swift Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1965 How to Murder Your Wife Stanley Ford Richard Quine Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1965 The Great Race Professor Fate / Prince Hapnick Blake Edwards Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
1966 The Fortune Cookie Harry Hinkle Billy Wilder
1967 Luv Harry Berlin Clive Donner
1968 There Comes a Day
1968 The Odd Couple Felix Ungar Gene Saks Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
1969 The April Fools Howard Brubaker Stuart Rosenberg Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance
1970 The Out-of-Towners George Kellerman Arthur Hiller Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Uncredited
1971 Kotch Sleeping bus passenger Jack Lemmon Uncredited
1972 The War Between Men and Women Peter Edward Wilson Melville Shavelson
1972 Avanti! Wendell Armbruster, Jr. Billy Wilder Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1973 Save the Tiger Harry Stoner John G. Avildsen Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1974 La polizia ha le mani legate Narrator Luciano Ercoli Voice
1974 The Front Page Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson Billy Wilder David di Donatello for Best Actor (shared with Walter Matthau)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1975 Wednesday Jerry Murphy
1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Mel Edison Melvin Frank
1975 The Gentleman Tramp Narrator Voice
1976 Alex & the Gypsy Alexander Main John Korty
1977 Airport '77 Captain Don Gallagher Jerry Jameson
1979 The China Syndrome Jack Godell James Bridges Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
David di Donatello for Best Actor (tied with Dustin Hoffman)
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1980 Tribute Scottie Templeton Bob Clark Silver Bear for Best Actor
Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1981 Buddy Buddy Victor Clooney Billy Wilder
1982 Missing Ed Horman Costa-Gavras Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1984 Mass Appeal Father Tim Farley Glenn Jordan
1985 Macaroni Robert Traven Ettore Scola
1986 That's Life! Harvey Fairchild Blake Edwards Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1989 Dad Jake Tremont Gary David Goldberg Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1991 JFK Jack Martin Oliver Stone
1992 Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy Himself
1992 The Player Himself Robert Altman
1992 Glengarry Glen Ross Shelley Levene James Foley National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Valladolid International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Volpi Cup Award for Best Actor
1993 Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman In Carver County Himself
1993 Short Cuts Paul Finnigan Robert Altman Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast
1993 Grumpy Old Men John Gustafson Donald Petrie
1995 The Grass Harp Dr. Morris Ritz Charles Matthau
1995 Grumpier Old Men John Gustafson Howard Deutch Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture
1996 Getting Away with Murder Max Mueller / Karl Luger Harvey Miller
1996 My Fellow Americans President Russell P. Kramer Peter Segal
1996 Hamlet Marcellus Kenneth Branagh
1997 Out to Sea Herb Sullivan Martha Coolidge
1997 Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Himself
1998 Puppies for Sale Pet shop owner
1998 The Odd Couple II Felix Ungar Howard Deutch
1999 Tuesdays With Morrie Morrie Schwartz Mick Jackson
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Narrator / Hardy Greaves Robert Redford Uncredited, (final film role)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1949–1950 That Wonderful Guy Harold
1950 Toni Twin Time Host Episode dated May 31, 1950
1951 Ad-Libbers, TheThe Ad-Libbers Celebrity panelist 5 episodes
1951–1952 Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show, TheThe Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show Newlywed "The Couple Next Door" sketches
1952 Heaven for Betsy Pete Bell
1954 Road of Life, TheThe Road of Life Surgeon
1956 Day Lincoln Was Shot, TheThe Day Lincoln Was Shot John Wilkes Booth
1957 What's My Line? Mystery Guest Season 9, Episode 10
1957–1958 Alcoa Theatre Henry Coyle
Steve Tyler
Wally Mall
Lieutenant Tony Crawford
Edward King
Episode: "Disappearance"
Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"
Episode: "Loudmouth"
Episode: "The Days of November"
Episode: "Souvenir"
1972 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin Host Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
1976 Entertainer, TheThe Entertainer Archie Rice Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1987 Long Day's Journey into Night James Tyrone, Sr. Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1988 Murder of Mary Phagan, TheThe Murder of Mary Phagan Gov. John Slaton Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1990 The Earth Day Special Coach Stewart
1992 For Richer, for Poorer Aram Katourian Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1993 A Life in the Theater Robert Nominated — CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1994 Wild West Host
1996 Weekend in the Country, AA Weekend in the Country Bud Bailey
1997 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Frank Ormand Voice
Episode: "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"
1997 12 Angry Men Juror No. 8 Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1998 Long Way Home, TheThe Long Way Home Thomas Gerrin
1999 Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1999 Tuesdays with Morrie Morrie Schwartz Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

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