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Actor: Jack Lemmon

 

Jack Lemmon starred in more than 60 films, and earned both a Best Supporting Actor and a Best Actor Oscar. Uploaded by wallpaperpimper.com.

There are some actors who are just fun to watch on the screen. That’s how I always felt about Jack Lemmon. He had his own way of expressing himself, and he did it in a career that spanned 50 years and included more than 60 films.

Lemmon had some reliable partnerships during his lifetime. One was eleven movies with actor Walter Matthau, most notably as Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple. Another was with director Billy Wilder, for whom he starred in seven pictures. Here’s a summary of some of Lemmon’s more notable films:

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  • It Should Happen to You (1954)
  • Mister Roberts (1955 – Oscar, Supporting Actor)
  • Some Like it Hot (1959 – Oscar Nomination)
  • The Apartment (1960 – Oscar Nomination)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1962 – Oscar Nomination)
  • Irma la Douce (1963)
  • The Odd Couple (1968)
  • The Out-of-Towners (1970)
  • Save the Tiger (1973 – Oscar, Best Actor)
  • The Front Page (1974)
  • The China Syndrome (1977 – Oscar Nomination)
  • Tribute (1980 – Oscar Nomination)
  • Missing (1982 – Oscar Nomination)
  • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  • Grumpy Old Men (1993)

Lemmon’s intelligence always seemed to come through in his roles, which is no surprise considering he graduated from Harvard. His career ranked him the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of All Time by Entertainment Weekly, and 45th by Premiere Magazine. He once said, “It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy, and it’s hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.”

Here’s a wonderful look at the man, accepting the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award:

And here he is in one of his earliest, best roles:

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