In a career spanning five decades, Lemmon carved himself a niche as cinema's neurotic everyman, and as one of the most versatile actors of his--or any--generation. Equally at home in comedy and drama, he had a unique combination of intensity and vulnerability that could break your heart one minute, and have you doubled up with laughter the next. Whether he was clearing his sinuses as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, or clearing his desk as the slumping salesman Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross, Lemmon commited himself totally to his roles.
Lemmon's father was a successful businessman in the Boston area. Lemmon attended Harvard.
Lemmon was a favorite of the director Billy Wilder, and did a series of films with Wilder, including "Some Like It Hot," "The Apartment," and "Irma La Douce."
Though divorced, he was a devoted father, and one of the best-liked actors in Hollywood, very generous with his time and attention.
In 2001, he died fairly suddenly, without writing his memoirs.
Jack Lemmon Films:
- Some Like It Hot, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis
- Glengarry Glen Ross, with Al Pacino
- The Apartment
- The Odd Couple, with Walter Matthau
- Days of Wine and Roses
- The Fortune Cookie
- Save the Tiger
- The China Syndrome, with Jane Fonda
- The Out-of-Towners
- Dad, with Ted Danson
- Grumpy Old Men (and sequel Grumpier Old Men), with Walter Matthau
- Missing, with Sissy Spacek
- My Fellow Americans, with James Garner