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 Matthau-Grumpy 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.
Jack Lemmon Facts
|John Uhler Lemmon III
|February 8, 1925
|Newton, Massachusetts, USA
|Date of death
|June 27, 2001 (age 76)
|5' 9" (1m75) How tall is Jack Lemmon compared to you?
|2000 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)
|Grumpy Old Men
|Grumpier Old Men
|Some Like It Hot
|My Fellow Americans
|12 Angry Men
|The Great Race
|Out to Sea
|Bell, Book and Candle