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Jack Lemmon

Biography

American actor and musician most widely known for starring reverse Walter Matthau within the 1968 comedy The Odd Few. He gained Academy Awards for his functions in Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger. He also added music towards the soundtracks of many of his movies, notably Some ENJOY IT Sizzling, which also starred Marilyn Monroe. He was the chief executive from the Hasty Pudding Golf club, a drama golf club at Harvard University or college. His gravestone was made to read just like the name screen inside a film: “Jack port Lemmon Starring In:” accompanied by his delivery and death times. He wedded Cynthia Stone, as well as the few had a child in 1954 called Chris. He later on wedded Felicia Farr as well as the few had a child. Past due in his profession, he performed Shelley Levene within the 1992 theatre Glengarry Glen Ross alongside an all-star solid that included Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jack Lemmon
Date Of Birth February 8, 1925
Died June 27, 2001, Los Angeles, California, United States, November 4, 1995, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Place Of Birth Newton, NC
Height 1.75 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Harvard University, Phillips Academy, University of Chicago
Nationality American, American
Spouse Felicia Farr, Cynthia Stone
Children Chris Lemmon, Courtney Lemmon, Jon Schwartz, Rob Schwartz
Parents John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., Mildred Burgess LaRue, Charlie Schwartz
Siblings David Schwartz
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, AFI Life Achievement Award, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Kennedy Center Honors, Cannes Best Actor Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Volpi Cup for Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast, Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program, Drama or Comedy
Movies The Odd Couple, Some Like It Hot, The Odd Couple II, The Apartment, Grumpy Old Men, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Great Race, The Fortune Cookie, The Out-of-Towners, Grumpier Old Men, Irma la Douce, Days of Wine and Roses, The Front Page, The China Syndrome, Out to Sea, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Avanti!, Mister Roberts, Missing, Save the Tiger, How to Murder Your Wife, JFK, Buddy Buddy, It Should Happen to You, Dad, 12 Angry Men, Bell, Book and Candle, My Fellow Americans, Airport '77, Tuesdays with Morrie, The April Fools, Hamlet, Phffft, The Notorious Landlady, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Good Neighbor Sam, Short Cuts, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, My Sister Eileen, Cowboy, It Happened to Jane, Fire Down Below, Inherit the Wind, Macaroni, Kotch, The Grass Harp, That's Life!, Operation Mad Ball, Mass Appeal, The War Between Men and Women, Tribute
TV Shows The Murder of Mary Phagan, Alcoa Theatre, The Dick Powell Show, Heaven for Betsy, The Living Century, Poetry Hall of Fame Collection
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1He died on the same day as Chet Atkins, and John Lee Hooker.
2Jack's son, Chris Lemmon, wrote a play about his father and their relationship. Performed in the voice of Jack Lemmon and featuring many of his father's Hollywood friends, the play opens at St James Theatre, London on 1st June 2016 - 18th June 2016.
3Was just 17 years younger than Burgess Meredith, who played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Grumpier Old Men (1995).
4Named the British classic, The Magic Box (1951), as his favorite film in an AFI poll.
5In 1958 he turned down the lead in the Broadway production of William Inge's "Two for the Seesaw in 1958. He said, "It's great, but the crux of it is the girl's story." Henry Fonda ultimately played the role.
6One of four people to have achieved the rare feat of winning an acting prize in the three major film festivals: Venice Film Festivel, Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The others to do so are Julianne Moore, Sean Penn and Juliette Binoche. Lemmon was the first one to achieve this feat. Additionally, all four actors have won acting Oscars.
7Kevin Spacey has frequently said that working with hero Jack Lemmon on stage in a production of "Long Day's Journey into Night" was a transformative experience for him. Spacey described himself as basically a bitter, stand-offish type at that time but was amazed that Lemmon was friendly and generous to everyone he interacted with both backstage and with the audience at the stage door and Spacey said it convinced him that being a great actor and a good person weren't mutually exclusive. The two would later share the screen in Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987), Dad (1989) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
8Is one of just 5 actors to win both a leading and supporting actor Oscar. The other 4 are Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Robert De Niro, and Jack Nicholson.
9Has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Mister Roberts (1955), The Apartment (1960), Missing (1982), and JFK (1991). The Apartment won in the category.
10He had English, Irish, and more distant French, Dutch, and Welsh, ancestry.
11Release of the book, "A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father" by Chris Lemmon. [2006]
12Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Walter Matthau in Kotch (1971).
13"Gil", on The Simpsons (1989), is based on Lemmon's character, "Shelley Levine", from Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).
14Was considered for the role of Carl Fox in Wall Street (1987).
15Jack Lemmon was the top male Box Office Star of 1964, as ranked by Quigley Publications' survey of movie exhibitors. He ranked #2 that year, topped only by Doris Day. In the 11 years from 1960 to 1970, Lemmon was ranked a Top 10 Box Office Star eight times (1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1970).
16Producer Howard Koch originally wanted Art Carney to replicate his role of Felix in The Odd Couple (1968), but Paramount production chief Robert Evans wanted Jack Lemmon, who was a superstar. Carney would later win the Academy Award as Best Actor for Harry and Tonto (1974) (1974) one year after Lemmon picked up his Best Actor Oscar for Save the Tiger (1973).
17His father, John Uhler Lemmon II has an uncredited role in The Notorious Landlady (1962).
18Openly admitted on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that he was an alcoholic.
19Kevin Spacey dedicated his Oscar for American Beauty (1999) to Lemmon.
20During his early days as a contract player with Columbia Pictures, studio head Harry Cohn wanted Lemmon to change his screen name to "Jack Lennon." Cohn feared that critics would make use of Lemmon's last name (i.e., "Jack Lemmon's performance in the film is a lemon."). Lemmon convinced Conn if he changed his name to "Lennon," everyone would think that he was related to V.I. Lenin, the founder of Soviet Communism (this was the 1950s, the time of the McCarthy "Red Scare", and years before the appearance of John Lennon and The Beatles). Referring to Vladimir Lenin, Cohn told Lemmon, "No, that's wrong. They pronounce his name 'Len-IN." "No," Lemmon replied, firmly. "It's pronounced 'LEN-in." After making a phone call to a Russian associate, who confirmed that Lenin's name was pronounced "LEN-in",' Cohn agreed to let Lemmon keep his own name.
21Best remembered by the public for his roles playing the "average Joe" and for his many roles opposite good friend Walter Matthau.
22Holds the record for most Golden Globe nominations for acting, including both actors and actresses (22 total).
23The only actor to be offered the role of George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) before Richard Burton was cast. He accepted the role but quickly changed his mind the next day without offering any explanation.
24Owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films as well as Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman.
25Father-in-law of Gina Raymond and Peter McCrea.
26His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #29 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
27Starred opposite Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts (1955) in 1955 and opposite Henry's daughter, Jane Fonda, in The China Syndrome (1979) in 1979.
28A passionate but unskilled golfer who tried for 33 years to make the cut at Pebble Beach but didn't.
29His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
30Appears in Mister Roberts (1955) with Henry Fonda, in which he takes over Fonda's position of Cargo Officer when Fonda is transferred off the USS Reluctant. In 12 Angry Men (1997), Lemmon plays the same juror that Fonda played in the original.
31His headstone reads "Jack Lemmon in".
32He and The China Syndrome (1979) co-stars Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda have all won Oscars for Leading Roles. Lemmon won for Save the Tiger (1973), Fonda won for Klute (1971), and Douglas won for Wall Street (1987).
33Billy Wilder directed him in 7 movies: The Apartment (1960), Avanti! (1972), Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), Irma la Douce (1963) and Some Like It Hot (1959).
34He and Walter Matthau acted together in 10 movies: Buddy Buddy (1981), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Front Page (1974), The Grass Harp (1995), Grumpier Old Men (1995), Grumpy Old Men (1993), JFK (1991), The Odd Couple II (1998), The Odd Couple (1968) and Out to Sea (1997). Lemmon also directed Matthau in Kotch (1971).
35First actor to win two "Best Actor" Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Dean Stockwell won twice at the festival before, but he had to share both of his awards with his co-stars)
36Did all of his own stunts for My Fellow Americans (1996).
37He was voted the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
38Appeared on an episode of The Simpsons (1989), in which he convinced Marge to get into the pretzel business. Shelley Levene, his character from Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), was the inspiration for another Simpsons character, the usually jobless Gil, who Marge first met while working at a real estate firm.
39He once had a Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor named after him: "Jack Lemmon". It was still being produced in the early 1980s but has since been discontinued and is not listed on the Baskin-Robbins website.
40He was voted the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
41Was good friends with Walter Matthau and Biff Elliot.
42Is a recipient of the Connor Award, an award given to someone who displays an excellence in the communicative arts, handed out by the brothers of the fraternity Phi Alpha Tau from Emerson College in Boston.
43Before any take he would say, "It's magic time."
44During WW II, he served in the Naval Reserve and was the communications officer on the USS Lake Champlain.
45Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, in 1943.
46Was president of the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.
47Lemmon passed away four days shy of one year after his frequent co-star, Walter Matthau.
481947 graduate of Harvard University.
49Was born February 8, 1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.
50Lemmon'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."
51He studied with Uta Hagen, and considers her his prime early mentor.
52In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in "War Service Sciences."
53Since his middle initial was U., he had to deal with ribbing from kids who taunted him with, "Jack, u lemon".
54Described his flamboyant, authoritarian mother as "Tallulah Bankhead on a road show." Laughed about how she used to hang out with her girlfriends at the Ritz Bar in Boston and how she tried to have her cremation ashes placed on the bar (the management refused).
55He was pleasantly shocked by Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames in 1998 when Rhames called him up to the stage and actually gave him the award for Best Actor in a TV Movie, which he had just won, to express his admiration to the veteran actor.
56Lemmon admitted to having had a serious drinking problem at one time, which is one reason he looked back on his Oscar-winning role as Harry Stoner in Save the Tiger (1973) as perhaps the most gratifying, emotionally fulfilling performance of his career.
57Born at 2:00pm-EST.
58Became a father for the 2nd time at age 40 when his 2nd wife Felicia Farr gave birth to their daughter Courtney Noelle Lemmon [aka Courtney Lemmon] on January 7, 1966.
59Became a father for the 1st time at age 29 when his 1st [now ex] wife Cynthia Stone gave birth to their son Christopher Boyd Lemmon [aka Chris Lemmon] on June 22, 1954.
60His son, Chris Lemmon, appeared with him in Airport '77 (1977).
61Ranked #47 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
62An accomplished, self-taught pianist, he wrote the theme for the movie Tribute (1980) and played jazz in a Bobby Short TV special.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Legend of Bagger Vance2000Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves (uncredited)
Tuesdays with Morrie1999TV MovieMorrie Schwartz
Chicken Soup for the Soul1999TV Series
Inherit the Wind1999TV MovieHenry Drummond
The Odd Couple II1998Felix Ungar
Puppies for Sale1998ShortPet Shop Owner
The Long Way Home1998TV MovieThomas Gerrin
12 Angry Men1997TV MovieJuror #8
Out to Sea1997Herb Sullivan
The Simpsons1997TV SeriesFrank Ormand
Hamlet1996Marcellus
My Fellow Americans1996President Russell P. Kramer
A Weekend in the Country1996TV MovieBud Bailey
Getting Away with Murder1996Max Mueller / Karl Luger
Grumpier Old Men1995John Gustafson
The Grass Harp1995Dr. Morris Ritz
Grumpy Old Men1993John Gustafson
A Life in the Theater1993TV MovieRobert
Short Cuts1993Paul Finnigan
Glengarry Glen Ross1992Shelley Levene
The Player1992Jack Lemmon
For Richer, for Poorer1992TV MovieAram Katourian
JFK1991Jack Martin
Dad1989Jake Tremont
The Murder of Mary Phagan1988TV Mini-SeriesGov. John Slaton
Long Day's Journey Into Night1987TV MovieJames Tyrone Sr.
That's Life!1986Harvey Fairchild
Maccheroni1985Robert Traven
Mass Appeal1984Father Tim Farley
Missing1982Ed Horman
Buddy Buddy1981Victor Clooney
Tribute1980Scottie Templeton
The China Syndrome1979Jack Godell
Airport '771977Capt. Don Gallagher
Alex & the Gypsy1976Alexander Main
The Entertainer1976TV MovieArchie Rice
La polizia ha le mani legate1975Narrator (voice)
The Prisoner of Second Avenue1975Mel Edison
The Front Page1974Hildy Johnson
Wednesday1974ShortJerry Murphy
Save the Tiger1973Harry Stoner
Avanti!1972Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
The War Between Men and Women1972Peter Edward Wilson
Kotch1971Sleeping Bus Passenger (uncredited)
The Out of Towners1970George Kellerman
The April Fools1969Howard Brubaker
There Comes a Day1968Short
The Odd Couple1968Felix Ungar
Luv1967Harry Berlin
The Fortune Cookie1966Harry Hinkle
The Great Race1965Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
How to Murder Your Wife1965Stanley Ford
Good Neighbor Sam1964Sam Bissell
Under the Yum Yum Tree1963Hogan
Irma la Douce1963Nestor Patou / Lord X
Days of Wine and Roses1962Joe Clay
The Notorious Landlady1962William 'Bill' Gridley
The Wackiest Ship in the Army1960Lt. Rip Crandall
Pepe1960Jack Lemmon
Stowaway in the Sky1960Narrator (english version) (voice)
The Apartment1960C.C. Baxter
It Happened to Jane1959George Denham
Some Like It Hot1959Jerry Daphne
Playhouse 901957-1959TV SeriesDavid Poole / Dr. Billy Palmer
Bell Book and Candle1958Nicky Holroyd
Alcoa Theatre1957-1958TV SeriesHenry Coyle / Steve Tyler / Wally Mall / ...
Goodyear Theatre1957-1958TV SeriesHenry Coyle / Dr. Cameron / Charles Dickens
Cowboy1958Frank Harris
Operation Mad Ball1957Pvt. Hogan
Fire Down Below1957Tony
Zane Grey Theater1957TV SeriesCass Kendall
You Can't Run Away from It1956Peter Warne
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV SeriesJohn Wilkes Booth
My Sister Eileen1955Robert 'Bob' Baker
Mister Roberts1955Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Three for the Show1955Martin 'Marty' Stewart
The Road of Life1954TV SeriesSurgeon
Phffft1954Robert Tracey
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV SeriesBarney Evans
It Should Happen to You1954Pete Sheppard
Campbell Summer Soundstage1953TV Series
Medallion Theatre1953TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1953TV SeriesAlfred Fishkettle
Armstrong Circle Theatre1951-1953TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1952-1953TV Series
Kraft Theatre1949-1953TV Series
Heaven for Betsy1952TV SeriesPeter Bell
The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show1951TV SeriesNewlywed (1951-1952) (in 'The Couple Next Door' sketches)
Danger1951TV Series
The Web1951TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse1951TV Series
The Ford Theatre Hour1950TV SeriesTweedledum
That Wonderful Guy1949-1950TV SeriesHarold
Studio One in Hollywood1949-1950TV SeriesFred Stevens
Suspense1949TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1949TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show2003TV Movie documentary performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Cheek to Cheek"
The Grass Harp1995performer: "WHEN YOU SAY YOUR EVER-LOVIN'S DOUBLE-CROSSIN' YOU" / writer: "WHEN YOU SAY YOUR EVER-LOVIN'S DOUBLE-CROSSIN' YOU"
Grumpy Old Men1993performer: "Ode to Sydney" / writer: "Ode to Sydney"
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds1984TV Movie music: "It's Him"
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV Special performer: "Somebody Loves Me", "Oh, Lady Be Good!", "Off Thee I Sing", "Mine", "I Got Plenty of Nothing", "I've Got a Crush on You"
Tribute1980writer: "It's All For the Best"
The Front Page1974performer: "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine"
The Notorious Landlady1962"A Foggy Day in London Town", uncredited
Bell Book and Candle1958performer: "Stormy Weather" 1933 - uncredited
You Can't Run Away from It1956performer: "Howdy Friends and Neighbors", "Thumbin' A Ride", "Temporarily"
My Sister Eileen1955performer: "It's Bigger Than You And Me"
Mister Roberts1955performer: "IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT"
Three for the Show1955performer: "I've Got A Crush On You", "Down Boy"
It Should Happen to You1954performer: "Let's Fall in Love" 1933 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Weekend in the Country1996TV Movie executive producer
Save the Tiger1973executive producer - uncredited
Avanti!1972executive producer - uncredited
The War Between Men and Women1972executive producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kotch1971

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fire Down Below1957composer: harmonica theme "Fire Down Below"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Chaplin1992thanks
James Cagney: Top of the World1992TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Living Century2001TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1989-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Larry King Live2000TV SeriesHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography1993-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Forever Hollywood1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 1999 Annual Los Angeles Ovation Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
E! Mysteries & Scandals1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1999TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio1998TV SeriesHimself
Scene by Scene1998TV SeriesHimself
Private Screenings1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself
In Search of Hamlet1997TV Movie documentary
Bloopers1997Video shortHimself
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese1997TV Special documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1997TV SeriesHimself
To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet1997Video documentary shortHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1996TV Special documentaryHimself - Honoree
Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door1996TV MovieHimself
HBO First Look1996TV Series documentary shortHimself
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jack Lemmon1996TV MovieHimself
Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels1996Video documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees1995TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Inside the Dream Factory1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Performances1995TV SeriesHimself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - 'Cabin Boy' Audition Reel (pre-recorded) (uncredited)
The 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country1993DocumentaryHimself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV SpecialHimself
The Wild West1993TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
This Joint Is Jumpin'1993TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1992TV SeriesHimself
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
Larry King TNT Extra 31992TV MovieHimself
James Cagney: Top of the World1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Reflections on the Silver Screen1992TV SeriesHimself
The One, the Only... Groucho1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
Movie Memories with Debbie Reynolds1991TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 'Ghost' Film Clip
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1990TV SpecialHimself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come1990TV Special documentaryHimself
The Kodak Century Presentes a Salute to Milos Forman1990TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1988-1990TV SeriesHimself
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV?1990TV MovieHimself - Host
The 14th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialCoach Stewart
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Cinema 31990TV SeriesHimself
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream1990TV Movie documentary
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1990)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Guest of Honor
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Cinéma cinémas1988TV Series documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1988TV SeriesHimself
Gregory Peck: His Own Man1988DocumentaryHimself
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryJerry
Parkinson One to One1987TV Series
The Annual National Board of Review Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Career Achievement Award
Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years1986DocumentaryHimself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Nominee, Presenter & Performer
The Eleventh Hour1986TV SeriesHimself
Treffpunkt Kino1986TV Series documentaryHimself
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special1986TV SpecialHimself - Cameo
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds1984TV MovieHimself
Hour Magazine1984TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood '841984TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Guest
Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration1984TV SpecialHimself
The South Bank Show1983TV Series documentaryHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host & Performer
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The 19th Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 1982 Annual Vision Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Speaker
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-Host
Live from Lincoln Center1982TV SeriesHimself
Stars Over Texas1982TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself
Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder1982DocumentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Director
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1981TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire1981TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role and Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 33th Annual Directors Guild Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Musical Comedy Tonight II1981TV MovieHimself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Signature1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Nominee & Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself / Speaker (uncredited)
The American Movie Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle1980TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1973-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
The Best Joke I Ever Heard1980TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976-1979TV SeriesHimself
Ken Murray Shooting Stars1979DocumentaryHimself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee & Performer
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1979TV SeriesHimself
Today1970-1979TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The China Syndrome'1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Tribute to Neil Simon1978TV MovieHimself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1971-1978TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Film '721977TV SeriesHimself
The Gentleman Tramp1976DocumentaryNarrator
The 1976 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Celebration: The American Spirit1976TV MovieHimself
Jack Lemmon: A Twist of Lemmon1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975TV Series documentaryHimself
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1975TV SpecialHimself
The Sunshine Boys1975/IIDocumentary shortHimself
Urban Living: Funny and Formidable1975ShortHimself
The 1974 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Honorary Award to Groucho Marx
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Get Happy1973TV MovieHimself - Host
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1972TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin1972TV MovieHimself - Host
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV SpecialHimself
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Picture and Recalling His Award
What's My Line?1957-1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Mystery Guest #2
Behind the Scenes with Blake Edwards' 'The Great Race'1965Documentary shortHimself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Howard K. Smith1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Delta Kappa Alpha Silver Anniversary Banquet1963TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-Host
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Actor
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers1962TV SpecialHimself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1960TV SeriesHimself / Actor
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Lead Actor
It Happened in Hollywood1960TV Series documentaryHimself
I've Got a Secret1955-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Pianist
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The 29th Annual Academy Awards1957TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Bronc Busters1955ShortHimself
The Red Skelton Hour1955TV SeriesHimself / Award for Most Promising Newcomer
The Ad-Libbers1951TV SeriesCelebrity Panelist
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue1950TV SeriesHimself
Toni Twin Time1950TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Amen. Il pittore che fece sognare Hollywood2012DocumentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
The Directors1999-2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017DocumentaryHimself
National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts2017TV Series documentary shortHimself
Ridendo e scherzando - Ritratto di un regista all'italiana2015Documentary
Welcome to the Basement2012-2015TV SeriesShelley Levene / Shelley Levine
King Craig Aka King Louis IX of France &Sons2015Video shortHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2014TV SeriesFelix Ungar
Stossel2014TV SeriesJack Godell (from 'The China Syndrome')
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Invasion2011DocumentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
30 Rock2009TV SeriesJerry in Some Like it Hot
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
60/902008TV SeriesFelix Ungar
Il était une fois...2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills2007DocumentaryHimself
Carta blanca2006TV SeriesC.C. 'Bud' Baxter
The Making of 'Some Like It Hot'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Billy Wilder Speaks2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
¿De qué te ríes?2006TV MovieFelix Ungar / Jerry - 'Daphne'
Hollywood Greats2006TV Series documentary
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialJake Tremont
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryJack Godell
The China Syndrome: A Fusion of Talent2004Video documentary shortJack Godell
The China Syndrome: Creating a Controversy2004Video documentary shortJack Godell
Marilyn's Man2004Documentary
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon2002Video documentary shortHimself
Memories from the Sweet Sue's2001Video shortDaphne
Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler2000DocumentaryHimself
The Best of Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryInterview
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best of the Don Lane Show1994TV MovieHimself
Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time1993Video documentaryHimself
The Poetry Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHimself
Chaplin1992Himself - Oscar Sequence (uncredited)
It's Garry Shandling's Show.1989TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook1981Video documentaryHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1980TV Series documentaryHimself
Clapper Board1979TV Series
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryGeorge Kellerman
Costa del Sol malagueña1972Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1963TV SeriesHimself / Ensign Pulver - scene from 'Mr. Roberts'
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActor 'Irma La Douce' (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHimself
Frontier Justice1959TV SeriesCass Kendall

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
2000Hollywood Legend AwardGolden Apple Awards
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesTuesdays with Morrie (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesTuesdays with Morrie (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionInherit the Wind (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieTuesdays with Morrie (1999)
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardHollywood Film Awards
1996Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
1994Special AwardGolden Globes, USAShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Matthew Modine
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· L
1993Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
1993Lifetime Achievement AwardShoWest Convention, USA
1993Special Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Matthew Modine
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· L
1992Lifetime Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
1992NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorGlengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1992Best ActorValladolid International Film FestivalGlengarry Glen Ross (1992)· Al Pacino
· Ed Harris
· Alan Arkin
· Kevin Spacey
· Alec Baldwin
· Jonathan Pryce
1992Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalBest ActorGlengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1992Golden CiakVenice Film FestivalBest ActorGlengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1991Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1991Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1990Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1988Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1986Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1982Best ActorCannes Film FestivalMissing (1982)
1981GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActorTribute (1980)
1981Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorTribute (1980)
1980DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The China Syndrome (1979)
1980BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorThe China Syndrome (1979)
1979Best ActorCannes Film FestivalThe China Syndrome (1979)
1975DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)The Front Page (1974)· Walter Matthau
1974OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleSave the Tiger (1973)
1973Man of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalAvanti! (1972)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin (1972)· Joseph Cates (executive producer)
· Martin Charnin (producer)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Comedy PerformanceThe April Fools (1969)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsComedy Performance, MaleHow to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1964Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceIrma la Douce (1963)
1964Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Performance in a Foreign Film (Mejor Interpretación en Película Extranjera)Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceDays of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorDays of Wine and Roses (1962)
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceThe Apartment (1960)
1961Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Apartment (1960)
1961BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorThe Apartment (1960)
1960Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6357 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalSome Like It Hot (1959)
1960BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorSome Like It Hot (1959)
1956OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleMister Roberts (1955)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionTuesdays with Morrie (1999)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieInherit the Wind (1999)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries12 Angry Men (1997)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries12 Angry Men (1997)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television12 Angry Men (1997)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie12 Angry Men (1997)
1996American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Grumpier Old Men (1995)
1995CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesA Life in the Theater (1993)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionA Life in the Theater (1993)
1993CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesFor Richer, for Poorer (1992)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaDad (1989)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLong Day's Journey Into Night (1987)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThat's Life! (1986)
1983DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Missing (1982)
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleMissing (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaMissing (1982)
1983BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorMissing (1982)
1981OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleTribute (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaTribute (1980)
1980NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe China Syndrome (1979)
1980OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe China Syndrome (1979)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe China Syndrome (1979)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy SpecialThe Entertainer (1976)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Front Page (1974)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaSave the Tiger (1973)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Out of Towners (1970)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star6th place.
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Odd Couple (1968)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star7th place.
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Great Race (1965)
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorGood Neighbor Sam (1964)
1966BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorHow to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalIrma la Douce (1963)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalUnder the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorDays of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star5th place.
1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleDays of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaDays of Wine and Roses (1962)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star10th place.
1961OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Apartment (1960)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star10th place.
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleSome Like It Hot (1959)
1956BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorMister Roberts (1955)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Comedy PerformanceThe Odd Couple (1968)
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsComedy Performance, MaleThe Great Race (1965)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceSome Like It Hot (1959)
1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceOperation Mad Ball (1957)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1961Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star

TitleSalary
Save the Tiger (1973)Scale and % of profits.
The Odd Couple (1968)$1,000,000 against 10% of the gross
The Great Race (1965)$125,000
Irma la Douce (1963)$350,000 + 7.5% of the gross.
The Apartment (1960)$175,000
Some Like It Hot (1959)$100,000

#Quote
1Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
2Wilder goes for the home run every time, and sometimes he strikes out. So did Babe Ruth, but Ruth was the greatest of them all, and, in my opinion, so is Billy.
3It's better to work with a Billy Wilder once or with a John Ford once than to work with four other directors who do not have that touch of genius.
4{On Marilyn Monroe) ... a good light comedienne, unique. She wasn't that enormously talented, but her gift was knowing how to use the special kind of talent she had to great advantage... I really couldn't get to know what was inside her. She would put up a glass window and never let anyone in.
5[on Judy Holliday} She was one of the greats, and her early death was one of the great tragedies. She was also one of the nicest people I ever hope to meet. She was hardly the dizzy blonde. If she were alive today, she would've zipped right through the Mensa puzzles. God, I was sweating gumdrops, on the plane coming here trying to do those those suckers.
6(In a 1984 interview) "I've worked with great actors, great directors, and had some marvelous parts. Oh, my God, I don't know any actor who has had more tremendous parts! I really don't. I don't know of one, and I think it's why we're sitting here. I think it's why I'm still around.
7(On comedic roles in 1970) I really can't be funny unless it's part of the character. It really bugs me when someone thinks of me as a comic. If I read 'comedian Jack Lemmon,' I gag. That means I'm not an actor - which I am.
8[on Shirley MacLaine] She hated rehearsals and had a bad habit of ad-libbing, which didn't set well with Billy Wilder. But we got used to each other, because mainly she's a helluva girl.
9[on Walter Matthau] Walter is a helluva actor. The best I've ever worked with.
10[on Billy Wilder] I've had directors who were marvelous at breaking scenes down and handling people. But when you would string all the pearls together, they wouldn't make a beautiful necklace. But Billy is the kind of picture-maker who can make a beautiful string of pearls. He makes the kind of movies that are classics and last forever.
11[on Judy Holliday] She was intelligent and not at all like the dumb blonds she so often depicted. She didn't give a damn where the camera was placed, how she was made to look, or about being a star. She just played the scene -- acted with, not at. She was also one of the nicest people I ever met.
12[on Marilyn Monroe] Difficult? Yes. But she was a wonderful comedienne and she had a charisma like no one before or since.
13Nobody deserves this much money - certainly not an actor.
14It'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.
15I won't quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.
16The worst part about being me is when people want me to make them laugh.
17If you think it's difficult to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
18[accepting his award at the 2000 Golden Globes] In the spirit of Ving Rhames, I'm going to give this award to Jack Lemmon.

#Trademark
1Speedy delivery
2Often played average working class men trying to get ahead in life
3Known for playing likeable but down on their luck characters
4Often cast in films with Walter Matthau.
5Frequently worked with Billy Wilder.

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