Jack Lemmon


Actor
Jack Lemmon

About

Also Known As
John Uhler Lemmon Iii
Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Born
February 08, 1925
Died
June 27, 2001
Cause of Death
Complications From Cancer

Biography

One of the most consistently acclaimed actors in motion picture and television history, Jack Lemmon became the first man to win Academy Awards as both Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Mister Roberts" (1955) and Best Actor for "Save the Tiger" (1973). In between and after, Lemmon amassed a résumé of credits that included a wide range of both comedic and dramatic roles. But most impo...

Photos & Videos

The Apartment - Lobby Card Set
Bell, Book and Candle - Movie Posters
Irma La Douce - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Cynthia Boyd Stone
Wife
Actor. Married on May 7, 1950; divorced in 1956; mother of Lemmon's son Chris; later married Cliff Robertson.
Felicia Farr
Wife
Actor. Married on August 17, 1962; Lemmon directed her in "Kotch" (1971), and she played a small role in "That's Life" (1986); they also made cameo appearances as themselves in "The Player" (1992); mother of Lemmon's daughter Courtney.

Notes

He was an honoree for the annual tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1993.

Lemmon received the Spencer Tracy Award from UCLA in 2000.

Biography

One of the most consistently acclaimed actors in motion picture and television history, Jack Lemmon became the first man to win Academy Awards as both Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Mister Roberts" (1955) and Best Actor for "Save the Tiger" (1973). In between and after, Lemmon amassed a résumé of credits that included a wide range of both comedic and dramatic roles. But most importantly, he enjoyed long-running collaborations with director Billy Wilder and actor Walter Matthau, both of whom helped Lemmon produce some of his finest work. Lemmon first worked with Wilder on the iconic comedy "Some Like it Hot" (1959) before again turning in a high-quality performance in "The Apartment" (1960. He went on to establish his dramatic bona fides with "Days of Wine and Rose" (1962) before starring opposite Matthau in their first partnership "The Fortune Cookie" (1966). But it was their iconic clashing of personalities in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" (1968) that cemented their place as comedy partners in the public's mind. Lemmon went on to a string of critical hits that garnered a number of awards and nominations, including "The China Syndrome" (1979), "Tribute" (1980) and "Missing" (1982). He delivered fine turns in "JFK" (1991) and "Glengarry Glen Ross" (1992) before finding surprising commercial success alongside Matthau with "Grumpy Old Men" (1993) and "Grumpier Old Men" (1995). Though the pair faltered with "Out to Sea" (1997) and the ill-advised sequel "The Odd Couple II" (1998), Lemmon gave searing performances on the small screen in "12 Angry Men" (Showtime, 1997) and "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC, 1999), proving that his considerable gifts became more refined with age.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Kotch (1971)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Actor (Uncredited)
Tuesdays With Morrie (1999)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Himself
Inherit the Wind (1999)
The Long Way Home (1998)
Neil Simon's Odd Couple II (1998)
Puppies For Sale (1997)
12 Angry Men (1997)
Juror No 8
Out to Sea (1997)
Fred Macmurray: The Guy Next Door (1996)
Interviewee
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1996)
Himself
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)
Interviewee
Getting Away With Murder (1996)
A Weekend in the Country (1996)
Bud Bailey
Hamlet (1996)
My Fellow Americans (1996)
The Grass Harp (1995)
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Larry King: JFK Remembered (1993)
Infant of Paradise: Alexandre Trauner & the Development of Film Production Design (1993)
Himself
This Joint Is Jumpin' (1993)
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
John Gustafson
Short Cuts (1993)
Paul Finnigan
A Life In The Theatre (1993)
James Cagney: Top Of The World (1992)
The Player (1992)
Himself
Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)
Himself
For Richer, For Poorer (1992)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
JFK (Director's Cut) (1991)
JFK (1991)
Jack Martin
Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989)
Dad (1989)
Gregory Peck: His Own Man (1988)
That's Life! (1986)
Macaroni (1985)
Mass Appeal (1984)
Father Farley
Missing (1982)
Buddy, Buddy (1981)
Victor Clooney
Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man (1980)
Narrator
Tribute (1980)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Ken Murray: Shooting Stars (1979)
Himself
Airport '77 (1977)
The Entertainer (1976)
Archie Rice
Alex And The Gypsy (1976)
Gentleman Tramp (1975)
Himself
The Front Page (1974)
The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (1974)
Mel
Save the Tiger (1973)
Harry Stoner
Wednesday (1973)
Avanti! (1972)
Wendell Armbruster [, Jr.]
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
Peter Wilson
Kotch (1971)
Bus passenger
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
George Kellerman
The April Fools (1969)
Howard Brubaker
The Odd Couple (1968)
Felix Ungar
Luv (1967)
Harry Berlin
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Harry Hinkle
The Great Race (1965)
Professor Fate
How To Murder Your Wife (1965)
Stanley Ford
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
Sam Bissell
Irma La Douce (1963)
Nestor
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
Hogan
The Notorious Landlady (1962)
William Gridley
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Joe Clay
Stowaway in the Sky (1962)
Narrator
Pepe (1961)
The Wackiest Ship in the Army? (1960)
Lt. Rip Crandall
The Apartment (1960)
C. C. "Buddy" Baxter
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Jerry, also known as Daphne
Bell, Book and Candle (1959)
Nicky Holroyd
It Happened to Jane (1959)
George Denham
Cowboy (1958)
Frank Harris
Fire Down Below (1957)
Tony
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Pvt. Hogan
You Can't Run Away From It (1956)
Peter Warne
My Sister Eileen (1955)
Bob Baker
Mister Roberts (1955)
Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Three for the Show (1955)
Martin "Marty" Stewart
It Should Happen to You (1954)
Pete Sheppard
Phffft (1954)
Robert Tracy
The Winning Team (1952)
Jessi Haines

Writer (Feature Film)

Track Two (1981)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

A Weekend in the Country (1996)
Executive Producer
Track Two (1981)
Producer
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
Executive Producer
Avanti! (1972)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

The Grass Harp (1995)
Song Performer
The Grass Harp (1995)
Song
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Song
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Song Performer ("Ode To Sydney")
Tribute (1980)
Song
The Entertainer (1976)
Song Performer
Fire Down Below (1957)
Composer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Chaplin (1992)
Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Other
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Other
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1996)
Other
Infant of Paradise: Alexandre Trauner & the Development of Film Production Design (1993)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other
Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)
Other
Track Two (1981)
Researcher

Cast (Special)

The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards (2000)
Performer
On Cukor (2000)
The Living Century: A Teacher and a Student For Life (2000)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs (2000)
The Living Century: Three Miracles (2000)
Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around (2000)
SAG Awards Show (1999)
Presenter
1999 Emmy Awards Pre-Show (1999)
Monica Mancini... On Record (1998)
Interviewee
Chicken Soup For the Soul (1998)
Private Screenings: Lemon/Matthau (1998)
Interviewee
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Presenter
75 Years of Laughter (1998)
Interviewee
Ernie Kovacs: Please Stand By (1998)
Interviewee
The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise (1998)
Presenter
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1998)
Interviewee
NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998)
Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy (1998)
Ann-Margret: Sugar and Spice (1998)
The American Film Institute Salute to Martin Scorsese (1997)
Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1996)
Jack Lemmon (1996)
Intimate Portrait: Shirley MacLaine (1996)
The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1996)
Performer
The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Performer
Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway (1995)
Inside The Dream Factory (1995)
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1994)
Himself
Milton Berle: Mr. Television (1994)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Voice
An American Reunion: The 52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala (1993)
The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards (1993)
Performer
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1993)
Presenter
Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards Presented by Footlocker (1993)
Performer
The Wild West (1993)
Narrator
Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho (1991)
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1991)
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream (1991)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1991)
Presenter
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards (1991)
Performer
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
The 18th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Sir David Lean (1990)
Performer
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1990)
Performer
MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon (1990)
Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" (1990)
Host
Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs (1989)
The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Lemmon (1988)
Performer
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards (1988)
Performer
The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1988)
Performer
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1987)
Performer
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987)
The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986)
Performer
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder (1986)
Host
Liberty Weekend (1986)
War of the Stars (1985)
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard (1984)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stars Over Texas (1982)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982)
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
Performer
Musical Comedy Tonight (1981)
Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight (1980)
Celebration: The American Spirit (1976)
The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney (1974)
Performer
Jack Lemmon -- Get Happy (1973)
A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle (1973)
Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972)
Super Comedy Bowl 2 (1972)
Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin (1972)
Host
Super Comedy Bowl 1 (1971)
The Times Square Story (1948)
Old Knickerbocker Music Hall (1948)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country (1994)
Other

Cast (Short)

Hollywood Bronc Busters (1955)
Narration

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)

Life Events

1929

Made stage debut at age four with his father in an amateur production of "Gold in Them Thar Hills" (date approximate)

1945

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

1947

Played piano at Old Nick Saloon in New York City

1952

Founded Jalem Production Company

1953

Broadway debut as Leo Davis in "Room Service"

1954

Film acting debut in "It Should Happen to You", directed by George Cukor

1955

Won Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Ensign Pulver in his fourth movie, "Mister Roberts"

1955

First of six films with director Richard Quine, "My Sister Eileen" (screenplay by Quine and Blake Edwards), had actually done a film with Quine ("Extra Dollars") the year before for the United States Treasury Department

1957

Acted in "Fire Down Below" and received credit as a song performer for the harmonica theme

1959

First film with director Billy Wilder, "Some Like It Hot"; received first Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1960

Attempted to climb corporate ladder by loaning his apartment key to various executives for their trysts in Wilder's "The Apartment"; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination

1962

Appeared as Lee Remick's husband who pulls her into alcoholism in Blake Edwards' "Days of Wine and Roses", his first major dramatic film role; garnered another Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1964

Last film with Quine, "How to Murder Your Wife"

1965

Reteamed with Edwards for "The Great Race"

1966

First film opposite Walter Matthau, "The Fortune Cookie"

1967

Executive produced "Cool Hand Luke", starring Paul Newman

1968

Reteamed with Matthau for their definitive vehicle, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple"

1970

Starred opposite Sandy Dennis in "The Out of Towners", scripted by Simon

1971

Directed feature film "Kotch", starring Matthau and Lemmon's second wife Felicia Farr

1972

Hosted the acclaimed NBC variety special "Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin"; received Emmy Award

1972

Received a Golden Globe Award for his comic performance in Wilder's underrated "Avanti!"

1973

Won second Oscar as Best Actor for his down and out salesman in "Save the Tiger"

1975

Played Archie Rice in NBC TV version of John Osborne's "The Entertainer" at the urging of Laurence Olivier, who had created the role on stage and film; received Emmy nomination

1978

Created the role of Scottie Templeton in Broadway production of Bernard Slade's "Tribute"; reprised part in 1980 film version for which he earned an Oscar nomination and also co-wrote the song "It's All for the Best" with Alan Jay Lerner; reteamed with Remick in film

1979

Starred as dedicated plant executive in "The China Syndrome", a heartpounding drama about an attempted cover-up of an accident at California nuclear plant; nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award

1981

Starred with Matthau in seventh and last film with Wilder, "Buddy Buddy"; also Wilder's last film

1981

Wrote screenplay for "Track Two", a documentary feature

1982

Portrayed stiff-backed Ed Horman searching for his missing son in Costa-Gavras' "Missing"; again garnered a Best Actor Oscar nomination

1986

Returned to Broadway as James Tyrone in revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"; reprised role for 1987 Showtime TV version; first association with actor Kevin Spacey and Peter Gallagher

1987

Inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame

1988

Reunited with Spacey and Gallagher in the NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

1989

Appeared in title role of "Dad", co-starring Spacey

1991

Delivered a nice turn as private investigator Jack Martin in Oliver Stone's "JFK"

1992

Offered totally credible turn as the loser in an office full of desperate real estate salesmen in "Glengarry Glen Ross"; Spacey also in cast

1993

Scored huge commercial success with Matthau in "Grumpy Old Men"

1995

Sequel "Grumpier Old Men" proved an even bigger hit than its precursor

1996

Directed by Matthau's son Charles in "The Grass Harp", adapted from the Truman Capote book

1997

Played Juror 8 in TV remake of "12 Angry Men" (Showtime), ensemble cast included Goerge C Scott

1997

Ninth feature with Matthau, "Out to Sea"

1998

Reteamed with Simon and Matthau for "The Odd Couple II"; tenth feature collaboration with Matthau

1999

Portrayed Henry Drummond to Scott's Matthew Harrison Brady in the Showtime remake of "Inherit the Wind"; Scott a few years prior had played Drummond to Charles Durning's Brady on Broadway

1999

Played Morrie Schwartz in "Tuesdays with Morrie", an ABC movie executive produced by Oprah Winfrey; garnered Emmy Award

2000

Appeared in cameo and served as narrator of "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

Photo Collections

The Apartment - Lobby Card Set
The Apartment - Lobby Card Set
Bell, Book and Candle - Movie Posters
Bell, Book and Candle - Movie Posters
Irma La Douce - Movie Posters
Here are a variety of American movie posters for Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce (1963), starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.
Days of Wine and Roses - Movie Poster
Days of Wine and Roses - Movie Poster
The Odd Couple - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Odd Couple (1968), starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Phffft - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia's Phffft (1954), starring Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Notorious Landlady - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Notorious Landlady (1962), starring Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, and Fred Astaire. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Fortune Cookie - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Fortune Cookie - International Movie Posters
Here are some international movie posters for Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The British pressbook cover features an alternate title, Meet Whiplash Willie.
The Fortune Cookie - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Operation Mad Ball - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Columbia's Operation Mad Ball (1957), starring Jack Lemmon and Mickey Rooney. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Prisoner Of Second Avenue, The (1975) - You've Been Tense For A Week! In a Manhattan heat wave, advertising man Mel (Jack Lemmon) awakens and alarms his notably compassionate spouse Edna (Anne Bancroft), in director Melvin Frank's The Prisoner Of Second Avenue, 1975, from Neil Simon's play and screenplay.
That's Life! (1986) - Open, The First One's Painless Opening with sounds of surgery under the credits, from writer-director Blake Edwards, his leading lady (Julie Andrews, Edwards’ wife) gets a cancer test, attended by a real Beverly Hills clinician (Charles Schneider) and reassured by friend Keith (Jordan Christopher), in That’s Life, 1986, also starring Jack Lemmon.
That's Life! (1986) - Success Breeds Failure At a posh Malibu restaurant, architect Harvey (Jack Lemmon), going bonkers as his 60th birthday looms, ruminates about a demanding client and his own angst, his actress wife Gillian (Julie Andrews, spouse of writer-director Blake Edwards) riding it out, in That’s Life, 1986.
Mister Roberts (1955) - Is That Your Battleship? Henry Fonda (title character) joined by Jack Lemmon (in his Best Supporting Actor award-winning role) as scalawag Ensign Pulver, who’s ashore on a ruse, to visit the nurses he and the crew have been ogling with binoculars, met by Betsy Palmer as Lt. Girard and her team, in the “safe area of the Pacific,” April, 1945, in Mister Roberts, 1955.
Irma La Douce (1963) - Green Underwear Introduced by narration as an honest policeman, first scene for Nestor (Jack Lemmon), discovering the red-light district and it's leading citizen Shirley MacLaine (title character), in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Irma La Douce (1963) - He Can Take Care Of Himself New-on-the-beat Paris cop Nestor (Jack Lemmon) has herded all the girls into the paddy wagon, unaware of the police sanction for prostitution, only Shirley MacLaine (title character) showing any sympathy, in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Irma La Douce (1963) - Can I Take Your Stockings Off? Having bested her pimp in a comic fistfight, newly-fired ingenue policeman Nestor (Jack Lemmon) is invited by Shirley MacLaine (tite character) to her non-work Paris address, in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Great Race, The (1965) - The Great Leslie Opening scenes from director Blake Edwards, establishing his live-action cartoon approach, Tony Curtis introduced as "The Great Leslie," Jack Lemmon as his rival "Professor Fate," Peter Falk his aide Max, in The Great Race, 1965.
Great Race, The (1965) - I Never Mix My Pies Jack Lemmon in two roles, first as Professor Fate impersonating the prince, later as the prince, with the general (George MacReady), Leslie (Tony Curtis), Maggie (Natalie Wood), Max (Peter Falk), Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) et al, in Blake Edwards' famous pie fight, from The Great Race, 1965.
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) - Special Qualifications Rebuffed in his attempt to make friends after a bad first meeting, San Francisco party animal and P-R man Joe (Jack Lemmon) expresses his frustration to teetotaling executive secretary Kirsten (Lee Remick), in Blake Edwards Days Of Wine And Roses, 1962.
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) - This Is The Roach Kingdom? Joe (Jack Lemmon) on his first visit to Kirsten (Lee Remick) at her apartment, her enthusiasm for him and for booze advancing, as he panics bugs and tenants, in Blake Edwards' Days Of Wine And Roses, 1962.
Prisoner Of Second Avenue, The (1975) - Open, He Makes Me Nervous! Opening with a convincing sampling of Manhattan (though it doesn’t look like the heat wave the radio commentator, Gary Owens, describes) Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft introduced as the leads, from Neil Simon’s play and screenplay, and no less than F. Murray Abraham driving the cab, in The Prisoner Of Second Avenue, 1975.

Trailer

Odd Couple, The - (Original Trailer) "Can two divorced men share an apartment?" Find out in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (1968) with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
China Syndrome, The -- (Original Trailer) A television newswoman (Jane Fonda) stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant in The China Syndrome (1979).
Great Race, The - (Original Trailer) A bumbling villain (Jack Lemmon) plots to win an early 20th-century auto race in Blake Edwards' The Great Race (1965).
Bell Book and Candle - (Original Trailer) Beautiful witch Kim Novak places a love spell on James Stewart in the comedy Bell Book And Candle (1959) also starring Jack Lemmon.
Avanti! - (Original Trailer) A stuffy businessman (Jack Lemmon) discovers his father died having an affair, then meets his mistress' daughter in Billy Wilder's Avanti! (1972).
Notorious Landlady, The - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak and Fred Astaire star in The Notorious Landlady (1962) about a diplomat who falls for a murder suspect.
Out-of-Towners, The -- (Original Trailer) A man's New York job interview turns into a nonstop nightmare in the Neil Simon comedy, The Out-of-Towners (1970), starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.
Missing - (Original Trailer) After an American disappears during a Latin American coup, his father (Jack Lemmon) and wife (Sissy Spacek) discover U.S. involvement in Missing (1982).
Front Page, The (1974) - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in Billy Wilder's version of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page (1974).
Fortune Cookie, The -- (Original Trailer) A crooked lawyer trumps up an insurance case for a cameraman injured at a pro football game in The Fortune Cookie (1966), directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Mister Roberts - (Original Trailer) Henry Fonda re-creates his Broadway stage success in the World War II comedy Mister Roberts (1955).
Buddy, Buddy - (Original Trailer) A suicidal neurotic (Jack Lemmon) keeps getting between a hit man (Walter Matthau) and his job in Buddy, Buddy (1981).

Promo

Family

John Uhler Lemmon Jr
Father
Executive. President of Doughnut Corporation of America.
Mildred LaRue Lemmon
Mother
Described by son as "Tallulah Bankhead on a road show"; used to hang out with her girlfriends at Boston's Ritz Bar and tried to have her creamtion ashes placed on the bar, but management refused.
Chris Lemmon
Son
Actor, writer, producer. Born on January 22, 1954; mother, Cynthia Stone; has acted in films featuring his father including "That's Life!" (1986) and "Dad" (1989); has also acted on the TV series "Knots Landing" (CBS), "Duet" and "Open House" (both Fox).
Courtney Lemmon
Daughter
Born c. 1966; mother, Felicia Farr; runs a charitable foundation endowed by her father; married to Joel McCrea's son Peter.
Christopher Boyd Lemmon
Grandson
Born on April 3, 1994; father, Chris Lemmon.

Companions

Cynthia Boyd Stone
Wife
Actor. Married on May 7, 1950; divorced in 1956; mother of Lemmon's son Chris; later married Cliff Robertson.
Felicia Farr
Wife
Actor. Married on August 17, 1962; Lemmon directed her in "Kotch" (1971), and she played a small role in "That's Life" (1986); they also made cameo appearances as themselves in "The Player" (1992); mother of Lemmon's daughter Courtney.

Bibliography

Notes

He was an honoree for the annual tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1993.

Lemmon received the Spencer Tracy Award from UCLA in 2000.

"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. Eighty percent of acting is that delicious hell of finding out who the guy is. The rest is execution--letting somebody else know what you already know ... Usually it's two, three, four weeks into a movie before you find the guy. All of a sudden you come out of a scene and you say, 'I've got him.' You know him. Then you paint on the rest of the face and say, 'There he is.' But if I know how to play it, then it's very surface stuff, very simple. It's 3B, 4H; I've done it a dozen times." --Jack Lemmon quoted in "The Films of Jack Lemmon" by Joe Baltake (Citadel Press, 1977).

On his relationship with Walter Matthau: "Well, we're very, very close. We always have been from the first film we did together. Our wives immediately hit it off just as we did. The working relationship was heaven because we were always on the same wavelength and we never got off it. So, it's just sort of like sitting down and chatting with each other when we rehearse--there's nothing to it. We just run the lines a couple of times and say, 'Let's go.'" --Lemmon in Daily News, October 6, 1996.

During the 1998 telecast of the Golden Globe Awards, winner Ving Rhames (for HBO's "Don King: Only in America") called fellow nominee Lemmon (for Showtime's "12 Angry Men") onstage and in an expression of admiration for the actor presented him with the award. A flustered Lemmon didn't quite know what to make of the matter but accepted. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) later announced that Lemmon could retain the trophy although he would not be sent a plaque to attach, indicating he had won. The HFPA intended to send a trophy with plaque to Ving Rhames, the rightful recipient.

About those 1998 Golden Globes Awards: "The only thing I remember is, when I passed Jack Nicholson, he said, 'Give it to me! Give it to me!' I didn't know what in hell he was talking about." --Lemmon quoted in People, May 18, 1998.