Jack Lemmon – American Movie Great

by Guy Belleranti
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Jack Lemmon was without a doubt one of America's most talented actors, and many of his greatest movies were released in the 1950's and 1960's.

Lemmon first became known from his appearances in a number of television anthology drama episodes of the 1950's. Then, he took his talent to the big screen.

Lemmon's first big movie splash had to be as Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955). And what a splash it was, for his performance won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Over his career Lemmon appeared in many comedies and dramas, and he was equally adept at both. Among some of the comedies were the films Some Like It Hot (1959), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Odd Couple (1968) and The Out-of-Towners (1970).

Some of his noteworthy dramas included Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Save the Tiger (1973) for which he won a Best Actor Oscar, The China Syndrome (1979) and Missing (1982).

Lemmon was often a favorite leading actor choice by the great movie director Billy Wilder appearing in such Wilder movies as Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), The Fortune Cookie (1966), Avanti (1972), The Front Page (1974) and Buddy Buddy (1981). And Lemmon and another acting great, Walter Matthau, made a great team in many movies among them the 1960 movies The Fortune Cookie and The Odd Couple.

In addition to his Oscar wins for Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger Lemmon was also nominated for the Best Actor award on a number of other occasions. They were:

Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
The Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Tribute (1980)
Missing (1982)

Lemmon also received many Golden Globe awards and nominations for his performances, and in 1988 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Years after making his start with television anthologies Jack Lemmon returned to the small screen medium. In 1988 he starred in the TV mini-series The Murder of Mary Phagan. He followed this up with starring roles in television movie remakes of the motion pictures Twelve Angry Men (1997) and Inherit the Wind (1999). He also appeared in the moving TV drama Tuesdays with Morrie in 1999.

Two years later on June 27, 2001 Lemmon died at the age of 76.

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