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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
1 He died on the same day as Chet Atkins, and John Lee Hooker.
2 Jack'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.
3 Was just 17 years younger than Burgess Meredith, who played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Grumpier Old Men (1995).
4 Named the British classic, The Magic Box (1951), as his favorite film in an AFI poll.
5 In 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.
6 One 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.
7 Kevin 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).
8 Is 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.
9 Has 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.
10 He had English, Irish, and more distant French, Dutch, and Welsh, ancestry.
11 Release of the book, "A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father" by Chris Lemmon. [2006]
12 Directed 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).
14 Was considered for the role of Carl Fox in Wall Street (1987).
15 Jack 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).
16 Producer 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).
17 His father, John Uhler Lemmon II has an uncredited role in The Notorious Landlady (1962).
18 Openly admitted on Inside the Actors Studio (1994) that he was an alcoholic.
19 Kevin Spacey dedicated his Oscar for American Beauty (1999) to Lemmon.
20 During 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.
21 Best remembered by the public for his roles playing the "average Joe" and for his many roles opposite good friend Walter Matthau.
22 Holds the record for most Golden Globe nominations for acting, including both actors and actresses (22 total).
23 The 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.
24 Owner of Jalem Productions, which co-produced many of his films as well as Cool Hand Luke (1967) starring Paul Newman.
25 Father-in-law of Gina Raymond and Peter McCrea.
26 His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #29 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
27 Starred opposite Henry Fonda in Mister Roberts (1955) in 1955 and opposite Henry's daughter, Jane Fonda, in The China Syndrome (1979) in 1979.
28 A passionate but unskilled golfer who tried for 33 years to make the cut at Pebble Beach but didn't.
29 His performance as Jerry/Daphne in Some Like It Hot (1959) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
30 Appears 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.
31 His headstone reads "Jack Lemmon in".
32 He 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).
33 Billy 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).
34 He 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).
35 First 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)
36 Did all of his own stunts for My Fellow Americans (1996).
37 He was voted the 45th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
38 Appeared 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.
39 He 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.
40 He was voted the 33rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
41 Was good friends with Walter Matthau and Biff Elliot.
42 Is 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.
43 Before any take he would say, "It's magic time."
44 During WW II, he served in the Naval Reserve and was the communications officer on the USS Lake Champlain.
45 Graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, in 1943.
46 Was president of the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.
47 Lemmon passed away four days shy of one year after his frequent co-star, Walter Matthau.
48 1947 graduate of Harvard University.
49 Was born February 8, 1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.
50 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."
51 He studied with Uta Hagen, and considers her his prime early mentor.
52 In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in "War Service Sciences."
53 Since his middle initial was U., he had to deal with ribbing from kids who taunted him with, "Jack, u lemon".
54 Described 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).
55 He 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.
56 Lemmon 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.
57 Born at 2:00pm-EST.
58 Became 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.
59 Became 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.
60 His son, Chris Lemmon, appeared with him in Airport '77 (1977).
61 Ranked #47 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
62 An 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 Vance 2000 Narrator / Old Hardy Greaves (uncredited)
Tuesdays with Morrie 1999 TV Movie Morrie Schwartz
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 TV Series
Inherit the Wind 1999 TV Movie Henry Drummond
The Odd Couple II 1998 Felix Ungar
Puppies for Sale 1998 Short Pet Shop Owner
The Long Way Home 1998 TV Movie Thomas Gerrin
12 Angry Men 1997 TV Movie Juror #8
Out to Sea 1997 Herb Sullivan
The Simpsons 1997 TV Series Frank Ormand
Hamlet 1996 Marcellus
My Fellow Americans 1996 President Russell P. Kramer
A Weekend in the Country 1996 TV Movie Bud Bailey
Getting Away with Murder 1996 Max Mueller / Karl Luger
Grumpier Old Men 1995 John Gustafson
The Grass Harp 1995 Dr. Morris Ritz
Grumpy Old Men 1993 John Gustafson
A Life in the Theater 1993 TV Movie Robert
Short Cuts 1993 Paul Finnigan
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 Shelley Levene
The Player 1992 Jack Lemmon
For Richer, for Poorer 1992 TV Movie Aram Katourian
JFK 1991 Jack Martin
Dad 1989 Jake Tremont
The Murder of Mary Phagan 1988 TV Mini-Series Gov. John Slaton
Long Day's Journey Into Night 1987 TV Movie James Tyrone Sr.
That's Life! 1986 Harvey Fairchild
Maccheroni 1985 Robert Traven
Mass Appeal 1984 Father Tim Farley
Missing 1982 Ed Horman
Buddy Buddy 1981 Victor Clooney
Tribute 1980 Scottie Templeton
The China Syndrome 1979 Jack Godell
Airport '77 1977 Capt. Don Gallagher
Alex & the Gypsy 1976 Alexander Main
The Entertainer 1976 TV Movie Archie Rice
La polizia ha le mani legate 1975 Narrator (voice)
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Mel Edison
The Front Page 1974 Hildy Johnson
Wednesday 1974 Short Jerry Murphy
Save the Tiger 1973 Harry Stoner
Avanti! 1972 Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
The War Between Men and Women 1972 Peter Edward Wilson
Kotch 1971 Sleeping Bus Passenger (uncredited)
The Out of Towners 1970 George Kellerman
The April Fools 1969 Howard Brubaker
There Comes a Day 1968 Short
The Odd Couple 1968 Felix Ungar
Luv 1967 Harry Berlin
The Fortune Cookie 1966 Harry Hinkle
The Great Race 1965 Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
How to Murder Your Wife 1965 Stanley Ford
Good Neighbor Sam 1964 Sam Bissell
Under the Yum Yum Tree 1963 Hogan
Irma la Douce 1963 Nestor Patou / Lord X
Days of Wine and Roses 1962 Joe Clay
The Notorious Landlady 1962 William 'Bill' Gridley
The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 Lt. Rip Crandall
Pepe 1960 Jack Lemmon
Stowaway in the Sky 1960 Narrator (english version) (voice)
The Apartment 1960 C.C. Baxter
It Happened to Jane 1959 George Denham
Some Like It Hot 1959 Jerry Daphne
Playhouse 90 1957-1959 TV Series David Poole / Dr. Billy Palmer
Bell Book and Candle 1958 Nicky Holroyd
Alcoa Theatre 1957-1958 TV Series Henry Coyle / Steve Tyler / Wally Mall / ...
Goodyear Theatre 1957-1958 TV Series Henry Coyle / Dr. Cameron / Charles Dickens
Cowboy 1958 Frank Harris
Operation Mad Ball 1957 Pvt. Hogan
Fire Down Below 1957 Tony
Zane Grey Theater 1957 TV Series Cass Kendall
You Can't Run Away from It 1956 Peter Warne
Ford Star Jubilee 1956 TV Series John Wilkes Booth
My Sister Eileen 1955 Robert 'Bob' Baker
Mister Roberts 1955 Ens. Frank Thurlowe Pulver
Three for the Show 1955 Martin 'Marty' Stewart
The Road of Life 1954 TV Series Surgeon
Phffft 1954 Robert Tracey
The Ford Television Theatre 1954 TV Series Barney Evans
It Should Happen to You 1954 Pete Sheppard
Campbell Summer Soundstage 1953 TV Series
Medallion Theatre 1953 TV Series
Lux Video Theatre 1953 TV Series Alfred Fishkettle
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1951-1953 TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents 1952-1953 TV Series
Kraft Theatre 1949-1953 TV Series
Heaven for Betsy 1952 TV Series Peter Bell
The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show 1951 TV Series Newlywed (1951-1952) (in 'The Couple Next Door' sketches)
Danger 1951 TV Series
The Web 1951 TV Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1951 TV Series
The Ford Theatre Hour 1950 TV Series Tweedledum
That Wonderful Guy 1949-1950 TV Series Harold
Studio One in Hollywood 1949-1950 TV Series Fred Stevens
Suspense 1949 TV Series
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1949 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show 2003 TV Movie documentary performer: "They Can't Take That Away from Me", "Cheek to Cheek"
The Grass Harp 1995 performer: "WHEN YOU SAY YOUR EVER-LOVIN'S DOUBLE-CROSSIN' YOU" / writer: "WHEN YOU SAY YOUR EVER-LOVIN'S DOUBLE-CROSSIN' YOU"
Grumpy Old Men 1993 performer: "Ode to Sydney" / writer: "Ode to Sydney"
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds 1984 TV Movie music: "It's Him"
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV 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"
Tribute 1980 writer: "It's All For the Best"
The Front Page 1974 performer: "Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine"
The Notorious Landlady 1962 "A Foggy Day in London Town", uncredited
Bell Book and Candle 1958 performer: "Stormy Weather" 1933 - uncredited
You Can't Run Away from It 1956 performer: "Howdy Friends and Neighbors", "Thumbin' A Ride", "Temporarily"
My Sister Eileen 1955 performer: "It's Bigger Than You And Me"
Mister Roberts 1955 performer: "IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT"
Three for the Show 1955 performer: "I've Got A Crush On You", "Down Boy"
It Should Happen to You 1954 performer: "Let's Fall in Love" 1933 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Weekend in the Country 1996 TV Movie executive producer
Save the Tiger 1973 executive producer - uncredited
Avanti! 1972 executive producer - uncredited
The War Between Men and Women 1972 executive producer - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kotch 1971

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fire Down Below 1957 composer: harmonica theme "Fire Down Below"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2013 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Chaplin 1992 thanks
James Cagney: Top of the World 1992 TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Living Century 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
American Masters 1989-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Larry King Live 2000 TV Series Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
Biography 1993-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Forever Hollywood 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 1999 Annual Los Angeles Ovation Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Presenter
E! Mysteries & Scandals 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1999 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 1998 TV Series Himself
Scene by Scene 1998 TV Series Himself
Private Screenings 1998 TV Series Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Himself
In Search of Hamlet 1997 TV Movie documentary
Bloopers 1997 Video short Himself
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese 1997 TV Special documentary Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-1997 TV Series Himself
To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet 1997 Video documentary short Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1996 TV Special documentary Himself - Honoree
Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door 1996 TV Movie Himself
HBO First Look 1996 TV Series documentary short Himself
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jack Lemmon 1996 TV Movie Himself
Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels 1996 Video documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
Intimate Portrait 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees 1995 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Inside the Dream Factory 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Performances 1995 TV Series Himself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - 'Cabin Boy' Audition Reel (pre-recorded) (uncredited)
The 20th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Awards 1995 TV Special Himself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country 1993 Documentary Himself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special Himself
The Wild West 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
This Joint Is Jumpin' 1993 TV Movie Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 1992 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Is Your Life 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1992 TV Series Himself
Earth and the American Dream 1992 Documentary Reader (voice)
Larry King TNT Extra 3 1992 TV Movie Himself
James Cagney: Top of the World 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Reflections on the Silver Screen 1992 TV Series Himself
The One, the Only... Groucho 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Movie Memories with Debbie Reynolds 1991 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter: 'Ghost' Film Clip
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean 1990 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1990 TV Special Himself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
The Kodak Century Presentes a Salute to Milos Forman 1990 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1988-1990 TV Series Himself
The American Film Institute Presents: TV or Not TV? 1990 TV Movie Himself - Host
The 14th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special Coach Stewart
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Cinema 3 1990 TV Series Himself
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream 1990 TV Movie documentary
A Conversation with Dinah 1989 TV Series Himself (1990)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 1988 TV Special documentary Himself - Guest of Honor
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Cinéma cinémas 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1988 TV Series Himself
Gregory Peck: His Own Man 1988 Documentary Himself
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary Jerry
Parkinson One to One 1987 TV Series
The Annual National Board of Review Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Career Achievement Award
Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years 1986 Documentary Himself
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Nominee, Presenter & Performer
The Eleventh Hour 1986 TV Series Himself
Treffpunkt Kino 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder 1986 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special 1986 TV Special Himself - Cameo
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds 1984 TV Movie Himself
Hour Magazine 1984 TV Series Himself
Hollywood '84 1984 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Olympic Gala 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Guest
Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration 1984 TV Special Himself
The South Bank Show 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Co-Host & Performer
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominee
The 19th Annual Publicists Guild of America Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 1982 Annual Vision Awards 1982 TV Special Himself - Speaker
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself - Co-Host
Live from Lincoln Center 1982 TV Series Himself
Stars Over Texas 1982 TV Movie Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra 1982 TV Special documentary Himself
Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder 1982 Documentary Himself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Director
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1981 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role and Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 33th Annual Directors Guild Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Musical Comedy Tonight II 1981 TV Movie Himself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Signature 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Nominee & Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Himself / Speaker (uncredited)
The American Movie Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Milton Berle 1980 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1973-1980 TV Series Himself - Actor
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 TV Special Himself
The Best Joke I Ever Heard 1980 TV Mini-Series Himself
Dinah! 1976-1979 TV Series Himself
Ken Murray Shooting Stars 1979 Documentary Himself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Nominee & Performer
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1979 TV Series Himself
Today 1970-1979 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'The China Syndrome' 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Tribute to Neil Simon 1978 TV Movie Himself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1971-1978 TV Series Himself
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Himself
Film '72 1977 TV Series Himself
The Gentleman Tramp 1976 Documentary Narrator
The 1976 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Celebration: The American Spirit 1976 TV Movie Himself
Jack Lemmon: A Twist of Lemmon 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Presenter
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1975 TV Series documentary Himself
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
The Sunshine Boys 1975/II Documentary short Himself
Urban Living: Funny and Formidable 1975 Short Himself
The 1974 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Honorary Award to Groucho Marx
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 45th Annual Academy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Get Happy 1973 TV Movie Himself - Host
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 1972 TV Series Himself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin 1972 TV Movie Himself - Host
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Jack Benny's Bag 1968 TV Special Himself
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself
Off to See the Wizard 1967 TV Series Himself - Host
The 38th Annual Academy Awards 1966 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Picture and Recalling His Award
What's My Line? 1957-1965 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Mystery Guest #2
Behind the Scenes with Blake Edwards' 'The Great Race' 1965 Documentary short Himself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Host
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Howard K. Smith 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest
Delta Kappa Alpha Silver Anniversary Banquet 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself - Co-Host
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1962 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1960-1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Actor
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The New March of Dimes Presents: The Scene Stealers 1962 TV Special Himself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955-1960 TV Series Himself / Actor
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Lead Actor
It Happened in Hollywood 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
I've Got a Secret 1955-1959 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Pianist
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Fanfare 1956 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards 1956 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Bronc Busters 1955 Short Himself
The Red Skelton Hour 1955 TV Series Himself / Award for Most Promising Newcomer
The Ad-Libbers 1951 TV Series Celebrity Panelist
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1950 TV Series Himself
Toni Twin Time 1950 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Amen. Il pittore che fece sognare Hollywood 2012 Documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
The Directors 1999-2001 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary Himself
National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts 2017 TV Series documentary short Himself
Ridendo e scherzando - Ritratto di un regista all'italiana 2015 Documentary
Welcome to the Basement 2012-2015 TV Series Shelley Levene / Shelley Levine
King Craig Aka King Louis IX of France &Sons 2015 Video short Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2014 TV Series Felix Ungar
Stossel 2014 TV Series Jack Godell (from 'The China Syndrome')
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Invasion 2011 Documentary Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
30 Rock 2009 TV Series Jerry in Some Like it Hot
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Il falso bugiardo 2008 Himself
60/90 2008 TV Series Felix Ungar
Il était une fois... 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills 2007 Documentary Himself
Carta blanca 2006 TV Series C.C. 'Bud' Baxter
The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Billy Wilder Speaks 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
¿De qué te ríes? 2006 TV Movie Felix Ungar / Jerry - 'Daphne'
Hollywood Greats 2006 TV Series documentary
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
La Marató 2005 2005 TV Special Jake Tremont
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary Jack Godell
The China Syndrome: A Fusion of Talent 2004 Video documentary short Jack Godell
The China Syndrome: Creating a Controversy 2004 Video documentary short Jack Godell
Marilyn's Man 2004 Documentary
Mwah! The Best of the Dinah Shore Show 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Memories from the Sweet Sue's 2001 Video short Daphne
Klaus Kinski - Ich bin kein Schauspieler 2000 Documentary Himself
The Best of Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Interview
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Best of the Don Lane Show 1994 TV Movie Himself
Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time 1993 Video documentary Himself
The Poetry Hall of Fame 1993 TV Movie Himself
Chaplin 1992 Himself - Oscar Sequence (uncredited)
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special Himself
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook 1981 Video documentary Himself
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
Clapper Board 1979 TV Series
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary George Kellerman
Costa del Sol malagueña 1972 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1963 TV Series Himself / Ensign Pulver - scene from 'Mr. Roberts'
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Actor 'Irma La Douce' (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Himself
Frontier Justice 1959 TV Series Cass Kendall

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
2000 Hollywood Legend Award Golden Apple Awards
2000 Lifetime Achievement Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
2000 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Inherit the Wind (1999)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
1999 Lifetime Achievement Award Hollywood Film Awards
1996 Honorary Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival
1994 Special Award Golden Globes, USA Short 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
1993 Gala Tribute Film Society of Lincoln Center
1993 Lifetime Achievement Award ShoWest Convention, USA
1993 Special Volpi Cup Venice Film Festival Short 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
1992 Lifetime Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival
1992 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Actor Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1992 Best Actor Valladolid International Film Festival Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) · Al Pacino
· Ed Harris
· Alan Arkin
· Kevin Spacey
· Alec Baldwin
· Jonathan Pryce
1992 Volpi Cup Venice Film Festival Best Actor Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1992 Golden Ciak Venice Film Festival Best Actor Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
1991 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1991 Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy American Comedy Awards, USA
1990 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
1988 Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
1986 Career Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA
1982 Best Actor Cannes Film Festival Missing (1982)
1981 Genie Genie Awards Best Performance by a Foreign Actor Tribute (1980)
1981 Silver Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Best Actor Tribute (1980)
1980 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) The China Syndrome (1979)
1980 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor The China Syndrome (1979)
1979 Best Actor Cannes Film Festival The China Syndrome (1979)
1975 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) The Front Page (1974) · Walter Matthau
1974 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Save the Tiger (1973)
1973 Man of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Avanti! (1972)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Program - Variety or Musical - Variety and Popular Music 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin (1972) · Joseph Cates (executive producer)
· Martin Charnin (producer)
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Comedy Performance The April Fools (1969)
1967 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Comedy Performance, Male How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1964 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero) Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Comedy Performance Irma la Douce (1963)
1964 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Performance in a Foreign Film (Mejor Interpretación en Película Extranjera) Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Dramatic Performance Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963 Prize San Sebastián San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Comedy Performance The Apartment (1960)
1961 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical The Apartment (1960)
1961 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor The Apartment (1960)
1960 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actor
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6357 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Some Like It Hot (1959)
1960 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Some Like It Hot (1959)
1956 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Mister Roberts (1955)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Inherit the Wind (1999)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 12 Angry Men (1997)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 12 Angry Men (1997)
1996 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Grumpier Old Men (1995)
1995 CableACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Movie or Miniseries A Life in the Theater (1993)
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television A Life in the Theater (1993)
1993 CableACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Movie or Miniseries For Richer, for Poorer (1992)
1990 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Dad (1989)
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988)
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical That's Life! (1986)
1983 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Missing (1982)
1983 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Missing (1982)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Missing (1982)
1983 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Missing (1982)
1981 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Tribute (1980)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Tribute (1980)
1980 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor The China Syndrome (1979)
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The China Syndrome (1979)
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The China Syndrome (1979)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special The Entertainer (1976)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Front Page (1974)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Save the Tiger (1973)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Out of Towners (1970)
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 6th place.
1969 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical The Odd Couple (1968)
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star 7th place.
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical The Great Race (1965)
1966 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
1966 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Irma la Douce (1963)
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
1964 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 5th place.
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor - Drama Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 10th place.
1961 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Apartment (1960)
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star 10th place.
1960 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Some Like It Hot (1959)
1956 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actor Mister Roberts (1955)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Comedy Performance The Odd Couple (1968)
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Star
1966 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Comedy Performance, Male The Great Race (1965)
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Comedy Performance Some Like It Hot (1959)
1958 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Comedy Performance Operation Mad Ball (1957)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Star
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top 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
1 Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
2 Wilder 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.
3 It'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.
13 Nobody deserves this much money - certainly not an actor.
14 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.
15 I won't quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.
16 The worst part about being me is when people want me to make them laugh.
17 If 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
1 Speedy delivery
2 Often played average working class men trying to get ahead in life
3 Known for playing likeable but down on their luck characters
4 Often cast in films with Walter Matthau.
5 Frequently worked with Billy Wilder.

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