Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon
Date of birth: 08/02/1925 Year
Age: 76 years
Place of Birth: Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Date of death: 27.06.2001 Year
Place of death: Los Angeles, California, USA

Citizenship: US
Height: 175 cm

Original name: John Uhler III

American actor, noted for exceptionally wide range of roles performed – from Distinguishing before the tragic.
Lemmon seven times nominated for “Oscar” for Best Actor and won for the first time in the history of this award in both actors’ nominations – for the title role (1973) and supporting actress (1955). The jury of the Cannes Film Festival was twice voted him the best actor – in 1979 and 1982.
Early years
Lemmon – one of the few Hollywood actors who could boast of a Harvard diploma. He drew the attention of even the University, after which he served in the Navy during the last months of World War II. As a young man worked in radio and television. The first role in the film – in the comedy “It’s going to happen to you” (1954). The following year he was awarded the “Oscar” for Best Supporting Actor – in the military drama “Mister Roberts” (1955).
Cooperation with Wilder
After such a promising start at the Lemmon was no shortage of suggestions, but basically it was the role – by his own definition – Aquatic clowns. The real depth of talent lemmonovskogo saw the eminent film director Billy Wilder, who offered him the lead role in his new comedy “Some Like It Hot” (1959). Performance as Jerry (Daphne) turned into a triumph for Lemmon, earning him a new nomination for “Oscar” and made his name known throughout the world.
Then Lemmon starred in many films Wilder, until recently, in 1981, he was again nominated for the “Oscar” for uaylderovskuyu social comedy “The Apartment” (1960), which was recognized as the best film of the year kinoakademikami. Inspired by the films of the director of his sardonic vision of a modern society in which everything can be bought and sold, and Lemmon refused the offers of other directors. One of the most important in his life he believed the role of the alcoholic in the drama ostrosotsialnoy Blake Edwards’ Days of Wine and Roses “(1962), which added to its piggy bank yet another Oscar nomination.
Duet with Matthau
In 1964, Lemmon starred in the play “The Odd Couple” with actor Walter Matthau, who became his close friend. In tandem with Matthau starred Lemmon ten motion pictures, starting with “lucky ticket” (1966) and the film version of “The Odd Couple” (1968) and ending with “Grumpy Old Men” (1993) and its sequel “Grumpier Old Men” (1995). For thirty years, Lemmon and Matthau have become one of the most recognizable and beloved comic duo in the history of American cinema.
Later roles
In 1970-ies. Lemmon’s repertoire continued to prevail as a “man in the street”, accidentally fall into the most unimaginable situations and forced painfully to extricate himself from them. In this category falls the play adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” (1972). The following year, Lemmon finally won his second “Oscar” – for the main role in the drama “Save the Tiger”, in which he agreed to do at virtually no cost.
Since the second half of 1970 Lemmon appearance on the big screen were quite sporadic. One of his most tragic roles – Michael Douglas in the film “The China Syndrome” (1979) – was awarded the prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Similar awards won and the next major work in the Costa Gavras film “Missing.” In 1998 he was nominated for telepremiyu “Emmy”, but lost Ving Rhames, who immediately called Lemmon from the audience and presented him with the statuette – the more worthy candidates.
1959 – Some Like It Hot
1960 – The Apartment
1965 – The Great Race
1966 – The Fortune Cookie
1967 – Luv
1977 – Airport ’77
1980 – Tribute
1989 – Father
1993 – A Life In The Theatre
1997 – A jury №8

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