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Jack Lemmon Features

This is the section for all our "FUN" Jack Lemmon information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?

... that before every take for every scene Jack Lemmon acted in he would say, "It's magic time!"

... that Jack Lemmon received the American Film Institute Life Time Achievement Award in 1988. You can see the ceremony and tribute in The AFI Salutes Jack Lemmon.

... that when Jack Lemmon was just starting out as an entertainer he played piano accompaniment to silent movies. His love of music lasted throughout his life. In fact, he insisted as part of his movie contracts that there be a piano in his on-set trailer so he could play between scenes. Jack even wrote the theme music for his movie Tribute.

... that Jack Lemmon was from a wealthy family and attended the famous prep school Andover and the hallowed Ivy League college Harvard. He also served as an ensign in the Navy. This no doubt helped him obtain a certain level of believability in his Oscar winning portray of Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts.

... although mostly known early on in his career for his comedic roles, Jack Lemmon made his mark as a talented dramatic actor in Days of Wine and Roses, Save the Tiger and Glengarry Glen Ross.

... that Jack Lemmon had a very successful on-screen collaboration and off-screen friendship with director Billy Wilder. They made seven movies together including: The Apartment, Avanti!, Buddy Buddy, The Fortune Cookie, The Front Page, Irma la Douce and Some Like It Hot. Visit our Tribute to Some Like It Hot and our Tribute to The Apartment.

... that Jack Lemmon made three movies with director Blake Edwards. Edwards is mostly known for his comedies but interestingly two of the movies were dramas: The Days of Wine and Roses, That's Life and The Great Race (pictured here).

... that Jack Lemmon appeared in eleven movies with good friend Walter Mathau. He even directed Walter in one or those movies, Kotch. You can also see Jack and Walter together in Buddy Buddy, The Fortune Cookie, The Front Page, The Grass Harp, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, JFK, The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple II and Out to Sea. Jack Lemmon died one year after his good friend passed away but luckily their famous on-screen chemistry and comedic genius lives on in all of these movies.

... that Jack Lemmon was very close to actor Kevin Spacey who considered Jack a mentor of sorts. They met briefly when Kevin Spacey, an autograph seeking teenager at an acting seminar asked Jack to sign a picture for him. Many years later they would work together for the first time in the much-praised Broadway production of A Long Day's Journey Into Night. Over the years they would appear together in Glengarry Glen Ross (pictured here), Dad and the TV Movie of the Week, The Murder of Mary Phagan. Kevin also collaborated with Jack's son Chris Lemmon on a book called A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father To learn more visit our Tribute to Kevin Spacey. And here's a clip of Kevin Spacey talking about his friend:

... that once upon a time there was a very popular television game show called I've Got A Secret. Celebrities went on the show and whispered a secret into the host's ear. A panel tried to guess what the secret was. We love this clip of a very young Jack Lemmon on the very brink of his movie stardom sharing his secret! (It must have been very hot in that studio!)

... that at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards, Jack Lemmon was nominated for "Best Actor in a Made for TV Movie" for his role in Twelve Angry Men. He lost the award to Ving Rhames. After accepting the award, Rhames asked Lemmon to come onstage and in a move that stunned the audience, gave his award to him. (The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globes, decided to have a second award made for Rhames.)

On Location

Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Jack Lemmon is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Jack Lemmon's star:

Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6357 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

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Jerry ( Some Like It Hot ):

"Look at that! Look how she moves! That's just like Jell-O on springs."

How many movies did Jack Lemmon make with director Blake Edwards??