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The films of Jack Lemmon who has earned eight Academy Award nominations, include Oscar honors for Save the Tiger (Best Actor) and Mister Roberts (Best Supporting Actor), as well as powerful performances in dramatic films such as Glengarry Glen Ross, JFK, That's Life, Dad, Tribute, Missing, The China Syndrome, Mass Appeal and Days of Wine and Roses.

Lemmon's movie career began with It Should Happen to You and Phtft!, both starring Judy Holliday. Some Like It Hot began a creative association with Billy Wilder that would include The Apartment, Irma La Douce, Avanti, The Fortune Cookie, The Front Page and Buddy Buddy (the latter three with Matthau.) Early comedies also include The Great Race, How To Murder Your Wife, Neil Simon's The Out­of­Towners and The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Recent comedies include the three with Walter MatthauGrumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men and Out to Sea-­and My Fellow Americans, with James Garner. He also appeared with Matthau in The Grass Harp, directed by Charlie Matthau. Lemmon did not appear himself but directed Walter Matthau to an Oscar­nominated performance in Kotch.

Lemmon was nominated for a Tony award for his Broadway appearances in Tribute and Long Day's Journey Into Night. His New York stage credits also include Face of a Hero. In Los Angeles, he starred in Idiot's Delight and, in 1975, he starred

with Matthau and Maureen Stapleton in Juno and the Paycock.

On television, Lemmon won an Emmy for the 1972 presentation of 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin and was nominated for The Entertainer and The Murder of Mary Phagan. In 1997, he starred in the Showtime movie of 12 Angry Men. directed by William Friedkin.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Jack Lemmon Facts

Birth NameJohn Uhler Lemmon III
BirthdayFebruary 8, 1925
BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, USA
Date of deathJune 27, 2001 (age 76)
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Jack Lemmon compared to you?
Awards2000 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Inherit the Wind)
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Tuesdays with Morrie)
2000 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (for Tuesdays with Morrie)
1991 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award
1990 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award
1974 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Save the Tiger)
1973 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Avanti!)
1961 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for The Apartment)
1960 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Some Like It Hot)
1956 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Mister Roberts)

Selected Filmography

Grumpy Old Men
Grumpier Old Men
Some Like It Hot
My Fellow Americans
Mister Roberts
12 Angry Men
The Great Race
Out to Sea
Bell, Book and Candle
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