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Jack Lemmon
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Birth Name: John Uhler Lemmon III
Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death: June 27, 2001
Occupation: Actor
Quote: "When I read a script, if I don't know how to play the part, I'll get excited and want to do it. Good writing is harder to play because there are depths, and it's delicious hell to decide which depths you're going to bring out." - The Films of Jack Lemmon by Joe Baltake (NY, Citadel Press, 1977)
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Claim to Fame: Oscar-winning turn as opportunistic Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Felicia Farr, actress; married 1962
Wife: Cynthia Boyd Stone, actress; married 1950; divorced 1956

Father: John Uhler Lemmon Jr., president of donut company
Mother: Mildred LaRue Lemmon (née Noel)
Son: Chris, actor; born January 22, 1954; mother, Cynthia Boyd Stone; has acted in films featuring his father, including That's Life! (1986) and Dad (1989)
Daughter: Courtney; born 1965, mother, Felicia Farr
Grandson: Christopher Boyd Lemmon; born April 3, 1994; father, Chris Lemmon

Began his career as a radio, theater and TV actor and first gained screen prominence with an Oscar-winning supporting role as the opportunistic Ensign Pulver in "Mister Roberts" (1955). Maintaining a high level of nervous, indeed sometimes jittery, energy, Lemmon went on to establish himself as one of America's finest comedic talents, particularly with his performances in two of Billy Wilder's comic masterpieces: in the delirious "Some Like It Hot" (1959) he played a nightclub musician who, together with Tony Curtis, dresses in drag in order to escape the clutches of a Chicago mob; and in "The Apartment" (1960) he portrayed a hapless insurance clerk who, in a bid for promotion, allows his superiors to conduct their extramarital affairs in his city flat. The latter role, that of a put-upon figure fighting a continual losing battle with life's daily frustrations and humiliations, became Lemmon's trademark.

Heaven for Betsy / Jackson & Jill
Freedom to Hate: Anti-Semitism In Russia
Frank Sinatra: Memorial
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
The Directors: Robert Altman (2000)
Inherit the Wind (1999)
Tuesdays With Morrie (1999)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Out To Sea (1997)
12 Angry Men (1997)
Hamlet (1996)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
The Grass Harp (1995)
Getting Away with Murder (1995)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Wild West (1993)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Short Cuts (1993)
A Life in the Theatre (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Poetry Hall of Fame, Vol. Two (1993)
Poetry Hall of Fame, Vol. Three (1993)
The Wild West: Cowboys (1993)
The Wild West: Settlers (1993)
The Wild West: Gunfighters (1993)
The Wild West: Townspeople (1993)
The Wild West: Indians (1993)
The Wild West: Soldiers (1993)
The Wild West: Dreamers & Wayfarers (1993)
The Wild West: Chroniclers (1993)
The Wild West: Searchers (1993)
The Wild West: Mythmakers (1993)
For Richer, for Poorer (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
The Player (1992)
JFK (1991)
World War II Collection: Remember Pearl Harbor (1991)
The Earth Day Special (1990)
The Heritage Collection: A Quip with Yip and Friends (1990)
Dad (1989)
Long Day's Journey into Night (1988)
The Murder of Mary Phagan (1987)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Billy Wilder (1986)
Bobby Short & Friends (1986)
That's Life! (1986)
Adventures: Past, Present and Future Featurettes (1985)
Debonair Dancers (1985)
Ken Murray's Shooting Stars (1985)
Macaroni (1985)
Mass Appeal (1984)
Track Two (1983)
Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius (1982)
Missing (1982)
Buddy Buddy (1981)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart (1980)
Tribute (1980)
Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man (1980)
The China Syndrome (1979)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Henry Fonda (1978)
Airport '77 (1977)
Alex and the Gypsy (1976)
The Entertainer (1975)
The Front Page (1974)
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1974)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: John Ford (1973)
Save the Tiger (1973)
Avanti! (1972)
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
Kotch (1971)
The Out-Of-Towners (1970)
The April Fools (1969)
The Odd Couple (1968)
Luv (1967)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
The Great Race (1965)
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
How to Murder Your Wife (1964)
Irma La Douce (1963)
Under the Yum-Yum Tree (1963)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The Notorious Landlady (1962)
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1961)
The Apartment (1960)
TV Variety, Vol. 14 (1960)
Pepe (1960)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Stowaway in the Sky (1959)
It Happened to Jane (1959)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Cowboy (1958)
Fire Down Below (1957)
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
You Can't Run Away from It (1956)
My Sister Eileen (1955)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Three for the Show (1955)
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Phffft! (1954)

1955: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts
1959: British Film Academy: Best Foreign Actor, Some Like it Hot
1959: Golden Globe: Best Actor (Comedy or Musical), Some Like it Hot
1960: British Film Academy: Best Foreign Actor, The Apartment
1960: Golden Globe: Best Actor (Comedy or Musical), The Apartment
1972: Emmy: Outstanding Single Program (Variety or Musical), Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin; shared award with producers
1972: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Avanti
1973: Oscar: Best Actor, Save the Tiger
1979: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor, The China Syndrome
1979: BAFTA: Best Actor, China Syndrome
1981: Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor, Tribute
1981: Genie: Best Foreign Actor, Tribute
1982: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor, Missing
1988: American Film Institute: Life Achievement
1989: Screen Actors Guild: Life Achievement
1991: Cecil B. DeMille Award: Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
1992: Venice Film Festival: Best Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross
1992: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross
1993: NATO/ShoWest: Lifetime Achievement
1996: Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear, lifetime achievement
1996: Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award
1997: Los Angeles Drama Critics: Lifetime Achievement
1999: Screen Actors Guild: Male Actor (Televison Movie or Miniseries), Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie

Served as communications officer (ensign) with the US Naval Reserve (1945-46)

Rivers County School, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; B.A. and B.S., 1947

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