Jack Lemmon (February 8, 1925 - June 27, 2001) was one of the most award-winning American actors of his generation.
Lemmon’s film debut was a bit part in the 1949 film “The Lady Takes a Sailor”, but he was not noticed until his official debut opposite Judy Holliday in the 1954 “It Should Happen to You”. He became a favorite actor of director Billy Wilder, starring in his films “Some Like It Hot”, “The Apartment”, “Irma La Douce”, “Avanti”, and “The Front Page”.
Lemmon was awarded Best Supporting Actor for ?"Mister Roberts" (1955), and Best Actor for "Save the Tiger" (1973), being the first actor to achieve this double. He was also nominated for Best Actor award for his role in the controversial film "Missing" in 1982. In 1988, the American Film Institute gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Throughout his career, Lemmon often appeared in films alongside actor Walter Matthau. They would go on to be one of the most beloved duos in cinema history. Among their pairings was as Felix Unger (Lemmon) and Oscar Madison (Matthau) in the 1968 film, “The Odd Couple”. In 1993, the duo teamed up again to star in “Grumpy Old Men”. During the rest of the decade, they would go on to star together in “Out to Sea”, ?Grumpier Old Men” and the widely-panned “The Odd Couple II”.