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Birth information

8 February 1925 Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

27 June 2001 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

John Uhler Lemmon III

How tall is Jack Lemmon?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Felicia Farr
Cynthia Stone

Life Story of Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Save the Tiger (1973) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). Some of his most beloved performances stemmed from his collaborations with acclaimed director Billy Wilder and with his fellow friend and actor Walter Matthau.

A versatile and beloved performer, Jack Lemmon was a celebrated virtuoso in both comedy and drama. The only child of Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon Jr., who was the president of a doughnut company, Lemmon had a fairly affluent upbringing. He attended the prestigious Phillips Academy (Class of 1943) and Harvard College (Class of 1947). At Harvard, Lemmon found his passion for theater. He was also a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and served briefly as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard following his time...

Significant features of Jack Lemmon

Frequently worked with Billy Wilder.
Often cast in films with Walter Matthau.
Known for playing likeable but down on their luck characters
Often played average working class men trying to get ahead in life

How much money has Jack Lemmon earned?

Some Like It Hot (1959) $100,000
The Apartment (1960) $175,000
Irma la Douce (1963) $350,000 + 7.5% of the gross.
The Great Race (1965) $125,000
The Odd Couple (1968) $1,000,000 against 10% of...

Publications and Magazines about Jack Lemmon

Joe Baltake Jack Lemmon: His Films and Career (Revised Edition). 1986
Michael Freedland Jack Lemmon. 1985
Chris Lemmon A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father. 2006
Michael Freedland Some Like It Hot--The Charmed Life of Jack Lemmon. 2002
Don Widener Lemmon: A Biography. 1975

What movies did Jack Lemmon play or participate?

Producers Filmography
A Weekend in the Country (1996) , Save the Tiger (1973) , Avanti! (1972) , The War Between Men and Women (1972) ,
Directors Filmography
Kotch (1971) ,
Actors Filmography
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves, Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Morrie Schwartz, Chicken Soup for the Soul (1999) , Inherit the Wind (1999) Henry Drummond, The Odd Couple II (1998) Felix Ungar, Puppies for Sale (1998) Pet Shop Owner, The Long Way Home (1998) Thomas Gerrin, 12 Angry Men (1997) Juror #8, Out...

Birth information

8 February 1925 Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Death information

27 June 2001 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

John Uhler Lemmon III

How tall is Jack Lemmon?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Felicia Farr
Cynthia Stone

Life Story of Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Save the Tiger (1973) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). Some of his most beloved performances stemmed from his collaborations with acclaimed director Billy Wilder and with his fellow friend and actor Walter Matthau.

A versatile and beloved performer, Jack Lemmon was a celebrated virtuoso in both comedy and drama. The only child of Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon Jr., who was the president of a doughnut company, Lemmon had a fairly affluent upbringing. He attended the prestigious Phillips Academy (Class of 1943) and Harvard College (Class of 1947). At Harvard, Lemmon found his passion for theater. He was also a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and served briefly as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard following his time...

Significant features of Jack Lemmon

Frequently worked with Billy Wilder.
Often cast in films with Walter Matthau.
Known for playing likeable but down on their luck characters
Often played average working class men trying to get ahead in life

How much money has Jack Lemmon earned?

Some Like It Hot (1959) $100,000
The Apartment (1960) $175,000
Irma la Douce (1963) $350,000 + 7.5% of the gross.
The Great Race (1965) $125,000
The Odd Couple (1968) $1,000,000 against 10% of...

Publications and Magazines about Jack Lemmon

Joe Baltake Jack Lemmon: His Films and Career (Revised Edition). 1986
Michael Freedland Jack Lemmon. 1985
Chris Lemmon A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father. 2006
Michael Freedland Some Like It Hot--The Charmed Life of Jack Lemmon. 2002
Don Widener Lemmon: A Biography. 1975

What movies did Jack Lemmon play or participate?

Producers Filmography
A Weekend in the Country (1996) , Save the Tiger (1973) , Avanti! (1972) , The War Between Men and Women (1972) ,
Directors Filmography
Kotch (1971) ,
Actors Filmography
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves, Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Morrie Schwartz, Chicken Soup for the Soul (1999) , Inherit the Wind (1999) Henry Drummond, The Odd Couple II (1998) Felix Ungar, Puppies for Sale (1998) Pet Shop Owner, The Long Way Home (1998) Thomas Gerrin, 12 Angry Men (1997) Juror #8, Out...

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

Was good friends with Walter Matthau and Biff Elliot.

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He was voted the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

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He once had a Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor named after him: "Jack Lemmon". It was still being produced in the early 1980s but has since been discontinued and is not listed on the Baskin-Robbins website.

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

Appeared on an episode of The Simpsons (1989), in which he convinced Marge to get into the pretzel business. Shelley Levene, his character from Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), was the inspiration for another Simpsons character, the usually jobless Gil, who Marge first met while working at a real estate firm.

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Jack Lemmon in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

He was voted the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

Did all of his own stunts for My Fellow Americans (1996).

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

First actor to win two "Best Actor" Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Dean Stockwell won twice at the festival before, but he had to share both of his awards with his co-stars)

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

He and Walter Matthau acted together in 10 movies: The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968), The Front Page (1974), Buddy Buddy (1981), JFK (1991), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), The Grass Harp (1995), Out to Sea (1997) and The Odd Couple II (1998). Lemmon also directed Matthau in Kotch (1971).

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Billy Wilder directed him in 7 movies: The Apartment (1960), Avanti! (1972), Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), Irma la Douce (1963) and Some Like It Hot (1959).

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He and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda have all won Oscars for Leading Roles. Lemmon won for Save the Tiger (1973), Fonda won for Klute (1971), and Douglas won for Wall Street (1987).

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Jack Lemmon in Ein seltsames Paar (1968)

His headstone reads "Jack Lemmon in".

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Appears in Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda, in which he takes over Fonda's position of Cargo Officer when Fonda is transferred off the USS Reluctant. In 12 Angry Men (1997), Lemmon plays the same juror that Fonda played in the original.

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His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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Jack Lemmon and Betty Grable in Liebe im Quartett (1955)

A passionate but unskilled golfer who tried for 33 years to make the cut at Pebble Beach but didn't.

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Jack Lemmon in Oscars, Actors and The Exorcist (1974)

His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #29 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis in Nie wieder New York (1970)

Father-in-law of Gina Raymond and Peter McCrea.

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner in Ein Präsident für alle Fälle (1996)

Owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films as well as Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman.

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner in Ein Präsident für alle Fälle (1996)

The only actor to be offered the role of George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) before Richard Burton was cast. He accepted the role but quickly changed his mind the next day without offering any explanation.

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Holds the record for most Golden Globe nominations for acting, including both actors and actresses (22 total).

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Best remembered by the public for his roles playing the "average Joe" and for his many roles opposite good friend Walter Matthau.

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner in Ein Präsident für alle Fälle (1996)

During his early days as a contract player with Columbia Pictures, studio head Harry Cohn wanted Lemmon to change his screen name to "Jack Lennon." Cohn feared that critics would make use of Lemmon's last name (i.e., "Jack Lemmon's performance in the film is a lemon."). Lemmon convinced Cohn if he changed his name to "Lennon," everyone would think that he was related to V.I. Lenin, the founder of Soviet Communism (this was the 1950s, the time of the McCarthy "Red Scare", and years before the appearance of John Lennon and The Beatles). Referring to Vladimir Lenin, Cohn told Lemmon, "No, that's wrong. They pronounce his name 'Len-IN." "No," Lemmon replied, firmly. "It's pronounced 'LEN-in." After making a phone call to a Russian associate, who confirmed that Lenin's name was pronounced "LEN-in",' Cohn agreed to let Lemmon keep his own name.

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Jack Lemmon and James Garner in Ein Präsident für alle Fälle (1996)

Kevin Spacey dedicated his Oscar for American Beauty (1999) to Lemmon.

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Marcello Mastroianni and Jack Lemmon in Macaroni (1985)

Openly admitted on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that he was an alcoholic.

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Marcello Mastroianni and Jack Lemmon in Macaroni (1985)

His father, John Uhler Lemmon II has an uncredited role in The Notorious Landlady (1962).

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Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Das Appartement (1960)

His son, Chris Lemmon, appeared with him in Airport '77 (1977).

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Jack Lemmon in Wer Sturm sät (1999)

Lemmon admitted to having had a serious drinking problem at one time, which is one reason he looked back on his Oscar-winning role as Harry Stoner in Save the Tiger (1973) as perhaps the most gratifying, emotionally fulfilling performance of his career.

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Jack Lemmon in Avanti, Avanti! (1972)

He was pleasantly shocked by Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames in 1998 when Rhames called him up to the stage and actually gave him the award for Best Actor in a TV Movie, which he had just won, to express his admiration to the veteran actor.

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Jack Lemmon in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in "War Service Sciences."

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Jack Lemmon in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

He studied with Uta Hagen, and considers her his prime early mentor.

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Jack Lemmon and Kristin Griffith in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

Lemmon's dad, a bakery executive, didn't approve of his son taking up acting, but told him he should continue with it only as long as he felt passion for it, adding: "The day I don't find romance in a loaf of bread..." His dying words to Jack were: "Spread a little sunshine."

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Jack Lemmon and Sarah Paulson in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

Was born February 8, 1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Jack Lemmon and Sarah Paulson in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

1947 graduate of Harvard University.

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Jack Lemmon and Sarah Paulson in Der lange Weg zurück (1998)

Lemmon passed away four days shy of one year after his frequent co-star, Walter Matthau.

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Was president of the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.

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Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, in 1943.

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During WW II, he served in the Naval Reserve and was the communications officer on the USS Lake Champlain.

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Before any take he would say, "It's magic time."

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Is a recipient of the Connor Award, an award given to someone who displays an excellence in the communicative arts, handed out by the brothers of the fraternity Phi Alpha Tau from Emerson College in Boston.

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