Jack Lemmon

Actor, Producer, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/07/1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (172)

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Living Century: Three Miracles 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

1999 Emmy Awards Pre-Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Shirley MacLaine: This Time Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Family Television Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret: Sugar and Spice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ernie Kovacs: Please Stand By 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Private Screenings: Lemmon & Matthau 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Felix Ungar (Actor)

Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Out to Sea 1997 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

Puppies For Sale 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Simpsons 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

Getting Away With Murder 1996 (Movie)

Max Mueller (Actor)

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Marcellus (Actor)

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Russell P Kramer (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Dr Morris Ritz (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

John Gustafson (Actor)

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Life in the Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Milton Berle: Mr. Television 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

John Gustafson (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Paul Finnigan (Actor)

The Great Ones: The National Sports Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This Joint Is Jumpin' 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

Shelley Levene (Actor)

Here He Is... The One, The Only... Groucho 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

James Cagney: Top of the World 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (07/22/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Jack Martin (Actor)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Jake Tremont (Actor)

Neil Simon: Not Just For Laughs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gregory Peck -- His Own Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

Harvey Fairchild (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Macaroni 1985 (Movie)

Bob Traven (Actor)

Mass Appeal 1984 (Movie)

Father Farley (Actor)

The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Stars Over Texas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing 1982 (Movie)

Ed Horman (Actor)

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

Victor Clooney (Actor)

Musical Comedy Tonight 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

Scottie Templeton (Actor)

Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man 1979 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

Jack Godell (Actor)

Ken Murray: Shooting Stars 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Airport 77 1976 (Movie)

Don Gallagher (Actor)

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainer 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Alex & the Gypsy 1975 (Movie)

Alexander Main (Actor)

Gentleman Tramp 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Hildy Johnson (Actor)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

Jack Lemmon -- Get Happy 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Tiger 1973 (Movie)

Harry Stoner (Actor)

Avanti! 1972 (Movie)

Wendell Armbruster (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 2 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Kotch 1971 (Movie)

Man on Bus (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Between Men and Women 1971 (Movie)

Peter Wilson (Actor)

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

George Kellerman (Actor)

The April Fools 1969 (Movie)

Howard Brubaker (Actor)

The Odd Couple 1968 (Movie)

Felix Ungar (Actor)

Luv 1966 (Movie)

Harry Berlin (Actor)

The Fortune Cookie 1966 (Movie)

Harry Hinkle (Actor)

How to Murder Your Wife 1965 (Movie)

Stanley Ford (Actor)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

Prof Fate (Actor)

Good Neighbor Sam 1963 (Movie)

Sam Bissell (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Nestor (Actor)

Days of Wine and Roses 1962 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Brighter Day 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

William Gridley (Actor)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

Hogan (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Stowaway in the Sky 1961 (Movie)

Narration(American version "Stowaway in the Sky") (Narrator)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment 1960 (Movie)

C C Baxter (Actor)

The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 (Movie)

Lt Rip Crandall (Actor)

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

George Denham (Actor)

Some Like It Hot 1959 (Movie)

Jerry/Daphne (Actor)

Bell, Book and Candle 1958 (Movie)

Nicky Holroyd (Actor)

Cowboy 1958 (Movie)

Frank Harris (Actor)

Turn of Fate 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

I Remember Mama 1948 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Mad Ball 1957 (Movie)

Private Hogan (Actor)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

Peter Warne (Actor)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

Ensign Pulver (Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

Bob Baker (Actor)

Road of Life 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Three For the Show 1955 (Movie)

Marty Stewart (Actor)

Phffft! 1954 (Movie)

Robert Tracy (Actor)

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

Pete Sheppard (Actor)

Old Knickerbocker Music Hall 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

The Times Square Story 1948 - 1949 (TV Show)

Actor

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Weekend in the Country (TV Show)

Actor

For Richer, For Poorer (TV Show)

Actor

Inherit the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Actor

On Cukor (TV Show)

Actor

Remember Pearl Harbor (Movie)

(Voice)

The Long Way Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Narrator

Tuesdays With Morrie (TV Show)

Actor

War of the Stars (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("When You Say Your Ever-Lovin's Double-Crossing You") (Song Performer)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

("Ode to Sydney") (Song Performer)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

("It's All For the Best") (Song)

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

(harmonica theme) (Performer)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

("If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

Track Two 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Track Two 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Kotch 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Track Two 1980 (Movie)

(Research)

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 an envious résumé of credits that included a wide range of 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.

Relationships

John Uhler Lemmon Jr

Father
president of Doughnut Corporation of America

Felicia Farr

Wife
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

Mildred 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

Courtney Lemmon

Daughter
born c. 1966 mother, Felicia Farr runs a charitable foundation endowed by her father married to Joel McCrea's son Peter

Chris Lemmon

Son
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)

Christopher Lemmon

Grandson
born on April 3, 1994 father, Chris Lemmon

Cynthia Stone

Wife
married on May 7, 1950 divorced in 1956 mother of Lemmon's son Chris later married Cliff Robertson

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1947
president of the University Dramatic Society and the Hasty Pudding Club, as well as a drummer in the college band; as a member of Navy ROTC, graduated with a degree in War Service Sciences

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1947
president of the University Dramatic Society and the Hasty Pudding Club, as well as a drummer in the college band; as a member of Navy ROTC, graduated with a degree in War Service Sciences

Rivers County School

Chestnut Hill , Massachusetts

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover , Massachusetts 1943

studied acting with Uta Hagen

Milestones

2000

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

1999

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

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

1998

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

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"

1996

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

1995

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

1993

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

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

1991

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

1989

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

1988

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

1987

Inducted into Television Academy Hall of Fame

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

1982

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

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

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

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 Re

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

1973

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

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!"

1970

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

1969

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

1968

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

1967

Executive produced "Cool Hand Luke", starring Paul Newman

1966

First film opposite Walter Matthau, "The Fortune Cookie"

1965

Reteamed with Edwards for "The Great Race"

1964

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

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

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

1959

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

1957

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

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

1955

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

1954

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

1953

Broadway debut as Leo Davis in "Room Service"

1952

Founded Jalem Production Company

1947

Played piano at Old Nick Saloon in New York City

1944

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

1929

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

A sickly child, he underwent three painful ear surgeries before age 10; took up cross-country running with such determination that he eventually broke the New England record for the two-mile

Performed with New England stock company on radio and in Off-Broadway productions; produced and acted in three short-lived TV series with first wife Cynthia Stone ("That Wonderful Guy" ABC, 1950; "Ad Libbers" CBS, 1951; "Heaven for Betsy" CBS, 1952)

Bonus Trivia

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

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Lemmon received the Spencer Tracy Award from UCLA in 2000.

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"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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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