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Jack Lemmon was an American actor and musician, known for playing memorable roles in quirky comedies and sedate movies

InformationDetail
BirthdayFebruary 8, 1925
Died onJune 27, 2001
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateBoston, Massachusetts
SpousesCynthia Stone (m. 1950–1956), Felicia Farr (m. 1962–2001)
Childrens Chris Lemmon, Courtney Lemmon
Universities
  • Harvard University
  • Phillips Academy
Cause of deathCancer
Birth PlaceNewton, Massachusetts, U.S.
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
FatherJohn Uhler Lemmon Jr.
MotherMildred Burgess LaRue
Sun SignAquarius
Born inNewton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Famous asAmerican actor
Died at Age76

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Who is Jack Lemmon?

Jack Lemmon is universally acknowledged as one of the accomplished actors of his time. This transcendent actor’s career spans 45 years and is strewn with nominations and awards—all of which are proof of his tremendous ability to reach out and touch audiences through his performances. Movie-goers from across the world recognize him as the comedian who can make them make them laugh till they cry or as the acting virtuoso who can move them to tears. Be it a desperate young man in high heels, a shift supervisor, a delusional dad, a journalist or just a grumpy old man, this American star consistently raised the bar for actors in Hollywood. He played the ordinary guy down and out on luck so many times that he inspired a successful salesman character on the hit TV show, ‘The Simpsons’. To many critics, he is the best comedian of all time; to acting coaches, the benchmark for hefty dramatic performances; to actors, a venerable source of inspiration; to the filmgoer, absolute magic. Despite an enormously successful career and a timeless acting legacy, this hard-working actor remained a down-to-earth gentleman and was much loved both, on-screen and off it. If you would like to learn more about this consummate actor, scroll further.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jack Lemmon was born in a hospital elevator, in Massachusetts to Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Ulher Lemmon Jr., the president of a doughnut company.

He was enrolled to Phillips Academy from where he graduated in 1943 and then joined the reputed, Harvard University, from where he graduated in 1947. Here, he was a member of a few drama clubs—the Delphic Club for Gentlemen and the Hasty Pudding Club.

After university, he immediately joined the Navy, where he worked as an ensign. After leaving the navy, he dabbled with acting for radio, television, and Broadway. It was during this time that he studied acting under Uta Hagen and learned to play the piano and a few other instruments.

Career

Lemmon started his film career with a small appearance in the 1949 movie ‘The Lady Takes a Sailor’. In the 50s, Lemmon built a formidable resume working in radio soap operas, Broadway productions, television series, which finally secured him a contract with Columbia.

He played his first major role in the film, ‘It Should Happen To You’ in 1954, in which he was cast with Judy Holliday. This film earned him recognition and his fame catapulted.

Soon, a stream of films including ‘Mister Roberts’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’, followed, which established him as a bankable star in Hollywood.

The next decade opened with the box office hit ‘The Apartment’, a comedy drama film, released in 1960, both produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

One of his most critically acclaimed films, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ was released in 1962, in which he played a recovering alcoholic, Joe Clay.

Soon enough, he began signing a number of projects and offered one hit after another while delivering superb comic and romantic performances including ‘The Odd Couple’, released in 1968.

In 1969 ‘The April Fools’, was released starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve, which went on to become great commercial success.

In the next decade, he delivered critically acclaimed performances in ‘The Out-of-Towners’, ‘Avanti’ and ‘Save the Tiger’. ‘The China Syndrome’, which was released in 1979, spearheaded a series of films worldwide on nuclear power safety.

The 1980s opened and closed with several honourable nominations for movies including, ‘Tribute’, ‘Missing’, ‘That’s Life’ and ‘Dad’.

His memorable television performances through the 80s include, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ and ‘The Murder of Mary Phagan’.

In the last decade of his acting career, he delivered powerhouse performances in cult movies like ‘Short Cuts’, and ‘Grumpy Old Men’, both of which were released in 1993.

In 1998, he starred in ‘The Odd Couple II’ which was a sequel to the film ‘The Odd Couple’ released in 1968. However, the film failed to gain any commercial or critical success.

His final movie with Hollywood was ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’, released in 2000, in which he worked along with Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.

Major Works

He tasted his first commercial success with the John Ford comedy-drama, ‘Mister Roberts’ in 1955, in which he was co-starred with Henry Fonda and James Cagney. It sold 36 million tickets with a domestic box office collection of $21.2 million.

In the romantic-zany comedy, ‘Some Like it Hot’, released in 1959, he was cast opposite Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. The film earned $7.2 million in the first year of its release, and clocked $25 million at the domestic box office.

‘Grumpy Old Men’, released in 1993, grossed $3.8 million in the opening weekend. It eventually earned a domestic total of $70 million; its critically panned sequel, ‘Grumpier Old Men’, grossed nearly $71 million at the box office.

Awards & Achievements

Jack Lemmon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1960.

In 1974, he won the Academy Award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for the film, ‘Save the Tiger’.

He received the honorary AFI Life Achievement Award, in 1988.

He also received the Cecil B DeMille Award in 1991.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was married to actress, Cynthia Stone between 1950 and 1956 and had a son, Chris Lemmon with him.

His daughter, Courtney Lemmon, was born to him and Felicia Farr, whom he married in 1962. The couple stayed together, till the end of his life.

He passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder.

Trivia

Career statistics of this peerless Hollywood actor of the ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ fame, show that he received one nomination for every three movies he worked in.

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Jack Lemmon awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1974Best Actor in a Leading RoleSave the Tiger (1973)
1956Best Actor in a Supporting RoleMister Roberts (1955)

Golden Globe Awards

2000Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionInherit the Wind (1999)
1994Short Cuts (1993)Winner
1973Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalAvanti! (1972)
1961Best Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Apartment (1960)
1960Best Actor - Comedy or MusicalSome Like It Hot (1959)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2000Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieTuesdays with Morrie (1999)
1972Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin (1972)

BAFTA Awards

1980Best ActorThe China Syndrome (1979)
1961Best Foreign ActorThe Apartment (1960)
1960Best Foreign ActorSome Like It Hot (1959)

Jack Lemmon biography timelines

  • // 8th Feb 1925
    Jack Lemmon was born in a hospital elevator, in Massachusetts to Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Ulher Lemmon Jr., the president of a doughnut company.
  • // 1947
    He was enrolled to Phillips Academy from where he graduated in 1943 and then joined the reputed, Harvard University, from where he graduated in 1947. Here, he was a member of a few drama clubs—the Delphic Club for Gentlemen and the Hasty Pudding Club.
  • // 1949
    Lemmon started his film career with a small appearance in the 1949 movie ‘The Lady Takes a Sailor’. In the 50s, Lemmon built a formidable resume working in radio soap operas, Broadway productions, television series, which finally secured him a contract with Columbia.
  • // 1950 To 1956
    He was married to actress, Cynthia Stone between 1950 and 1956 and had a son, Chris Lemmon with him.
  • // 1954
    He played his first major role in the film, ‘It Should Happen To You’ in 1954, in which he was cast with Judy Holliday. This film earned him recognition and his fame catapulted.
  • // 1955
    He tasted his first commercial success with the John Ford comedy-drama, ‘Mister Roberts’ in 1955, in which he was co-starred with Henry Fonda and James Cagney. It sold 36 million tickets with a domestic box office collection of $21.2 million.
  • // 1959
    In the romantic-zany comedy, ‘Some Like it Hot’, released in 1959, he was cast opposite Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis. The film earned $7.2 million in the first year of its release, and clocked $25 million at the domestic box office.
  • // 1960
    The next decade opened with the box office hit ‘The Apartment’, a comedy drama film, released in 1960, both produced and directed by Billy Wilder.
  • // 1960
    Jack Lemmon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1960.
  • // 1962
    One of his most critically acclaimed films, ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ was released in 1962, in which he played a recovering alcoholic, Joe Clay.
  • // 1962
    His daughter, Courtney Lemmon, was born to him and Felicia Farr, whom he married in 1962. The couple stayed together, till the end of his life.
  • // 1968
    Soon enough, he began signing a number of projects and offered one hit after another while delivering superb comic and romantic performances including ‘The Odd Couple’, released in 1968.
  • // 1969
    In 1969 ‘The April Fools’, was released starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve, which went on to become great commercial success.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he won the Academy Award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for the film, ‘Save the Tiger’.
  • // 1979
    In the next decade, he delivered critically acclaimed performances in ‘The Out-of-Towners’, ‘Avanti’ and ‘Save the Tiger’. ‘The China Syndrome’, which was released in 1979, spearheaded a series of films worldwide on nuclear power safety.
  • // 1988
    He received the honorary AFI Life Achievement Award, in 1988.
  • // 1991
    He also received the Cecil B DeMille Award in 1991.
  • // 1993
    In the last decade of his acting career, he delivered powerhouse performances in cult movies like ‘Short Cuts’, and ‘Grumpy Old Men’, both of which were released in 1993.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he starred in ‘The Odd Couple II’ which was a sequel to the film ‘The Odd Couple’ released in 1968. However, the film failed to gain any commercial or critical success.
  • // 2000
    His final movie with Hollywood was ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’, released in 2000, in which he worked along with Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron.
  • // 27th Jun 2001
    He passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder.

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    Jack Lemmon was died at 2001-06-27

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  • Who is Jack Lemmon spouses?

    Jack Lemmon's spouses is Cynthia Stone (m. 1950–1956), Felicia Farr (m. 1962–2001)

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    Jack Lemmon's childrens is Chris Lemmon, Courtney Lemmon

  • What was Jack Lemmon universities?

    Jack Lemmon studied at Harvard University, Phillips Academy

  • What is Jack Lemmon's cause of dead?

    Jack Lemmon dead because of Cancer

  • What is Jack Lemmon's religion?

    Jack Lemmon's religion is Roman Catholic

  • Who is Jack Lemmon's father?

    Jack Lemmon's father is John Uhler Lemmon Jr.

  • Who is Jack Lemmon's mother?

    Jack Lemmon's mother is Mildred Burgess LaRue

  • What is Jack Lemmon's sun sign?

    Jack Lemmon is Aquarius

  • How famous is Jack Lemmon?

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