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Jack Lemmon (III) (1925–2001)

Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School, then located in nearby ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Apartment
The Apartment C.C. Baxter
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot Jerry / Daphne
Glengarry Glen Ross
Glengarry Glen Ross Shelley Levene
Grumpy Old Men
Grumpy Old Men John Gustafson


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 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance
Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves (uncredited)
 1999 Tuesdays with Morrie (TV Movie)
Morrie Schwartz
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
 1999 Inherit the Wind (TV Movie)
Henry Drummond
 1998 The Odd Couple II
Felix Ungar
 1998 Puppies for Sale (Short)
Pet Shop Owner
 1998 The Long Way Home (TV Movie)
Thomas Gerrin
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #8
 1997 Out to Sea
Herb Sullivan
 1997 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Frank Ormand
- The Twisted World of Marge Simpson (1997) ... Frank Ormand (voice)
 1996 Hamlet
 1996 My Fellow Americans
President Russell P. Kramer
 1996 A Weekend in the Country (TV Movie)
Bud Bailey
 1996 Getting Away with Murder
Max Mueller / Karl Luger
 1995 Grumpier Old Men
John Gustafson
 1995 The Grass Harp
Dr. Morris Ritz
 1993 Grumpy Old Men
John Gustafson
 1993 A Life in the Theater (TV Movie)
 1993 Short Cuts
Paul Finnigan
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross
Shelley Levene
 1992 The Player
Jack Lemmon
 1992 For Richer, for Poorer (TV Movie)
Aram Katourian
 1991 JFK
Jack Martin
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Coach Stewart
 1989 Dad
Jake Tremont
 1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Mini-Series)
Gov. John Slaton
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Gov. John Slaton
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Gov. John Slaton
 1987 Long Day's Journey Into Night (TV Movie)
James Tyrone Sr.
 1986 That's Life!
Harvey Fairchild
 1985 Maccheroni
Robert Traven
 1984 Mass Appeal
Father Tim Farley
 1982 Missing
Ed Horman
 1981 Buddy Buddy
Victor Clooney
 1980 Tribute
Scottie Templeton
 1979 The China Syndrome
Jack Godell
 1977 Airport '77
Capt. Don Gallagher
 1976 Alex & the Gypsy
Alexander Main
 1976 The Entertainer (TV Movie)
Archie Rice
 1975 La polizia ha le mani legate
Narrator (voice)
 1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Mel Edison
 1974 The Front Page
Hildy Johnson
 1974 Wednesday (Short)
Jerry Murphy
 1973 Save the Tiger
Harry Stoner
 1972 Avanti!
Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
 1972 The War Between Men and Women
Peter Edward Wilson
 1971 Kotch
Sleeping Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1970 The Out of Towners
George Kellerman
 1969 The April Fools
Howard Brubaker
 1968 There Comes a Day (Short)
 1968 The Odd Couple
Felix Ungar
 1967 Luv
Harry Berlin
 1966 The Fortune Cookie
Harry Hinkle
 1965 The Great Race
Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
 1965 How to Murder Your Wife
Stanley Ford
 1964 Good Neighbor Sam
Sam Bissell
 1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree
 1963 Irma la Douce
Nestor Patou / Lord X
 1962 Days of Wine and Roses
Joe Clay
 1962 The Notorious Landlady
William 'Bill' Gridley
 1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army
Lt. Rip Crandall
 1960 Pepe
Jack Lemmon
 1960 Stowaway in the Sky
Narrator (english version) (voice)
 1960 The Apartment
C.C. Baxter
 1959 It Happened to Jane
George Denham
 1959 Some Like It Hot
Jerry / Daphne
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
David Poole / Dr. Billy Palmer
- Face of a Hero (1959) ... David Poole
- The Mystery of Thirteen (1957) ... Dr. Billy Palmer
 1958 Bell Book and Candle
Nicky Holroyd
 1957-1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Coyle / Steve Tyler / Wally Mall / ...
- Disappearance (1958) ... Henry Coyle
- Most Likely to Succeed (1958) ... Steve Tyler
- Loudmouth (1958) ... Wally Mall
- The Days of November (1958) ... Lieutenant Tony Crawford
- Souvenir (1957) ... Edward King
 1957-1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Coyle / Ashley / Dr. Cameron / ...
- Disappearance (1958) ... Henry Coyle
- The Victim (1958) ... Ashley
- Voices in the Fog (1957) ... Dr. Cameron
- Lost and Found (1957) ... Charles Dickens
 1958 Cowboy
Frank Harris
 1957 Operation Mad Ball
Pvt. Hogan
 1957 Fire Down Below
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Cass Kendall
- Three Graves (1957) ... Cass Kendall
 1956 You Can't Run Away from It
Peter Warne
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
John Wilkes Booth
- The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) ... John Wilkes Booth
 1955 My Sister Eileen
Robert 'Bob' Baker
 1955 Mister Roberts
Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
 1955 Three for the Show
Martin 'Marty' Stewart
 1954 The Road of Life (TV Series)
 1954 Phffft
Robert Tracey
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Barney Evans
- Marriageable Male (1954) ... Barney Evans
 1954 It Should Happen to You
Pete Sheppard
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
- One Swell Guy (1953)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Alfred Fishkettle
- The Ascent of Alfred Fishkettle (1953) ... Alfred Fishkettle
 1951-1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Last Chance (1951)
 1949-1953 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Snooksie (1953)
- Duet (1953)
- The Easy Mark (1951)
 1952 Heaven for Betsy (TV Series)
Peter Bell
- Episode #1.2 (1952) ... Peter Bell
- Episode #1.1 (1952) ... Peter Bell
 1951 The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show (TV Series)
Newlywed (1951-1952) (in 'The Couple Next Door' sketches)
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
- Sparrow Cop (1951)
 1951 The Web (TV Series)
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Alice in Wonderland (1950) ... Tweedledum
- Another Darling (1950)
 1949-1950 That Wonderful Guy (TV Series)
- Episode dated 7 April 1950 (1950) ... Harold
- Episode dated 25 January 1950 (1950) ... Harold
- Episode dated 28 December 1949 (1949) ... Harold
 1949-1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Fred Stevens
- The Wisdom Tooth (1950)
- June Moon (1949) ... Fred Stevens
 1950 Once Too Often (Short)
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Gray Helmet (1949)
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Show Show Self (203 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (60 credits)

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I won't quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic. See more »


Lemmon's dad, a bakery executive, didn't approve of his son taking up acting, but told him he should continue with it only as long as he felt passion for it, adding: "The day I don't find romance in a loaf of bread..." His dying words to Jack were: "Spread a little sunshine." See more »


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