Saturday, October 31, 2009

Featured Pipe Smoker: Jack Lemmon

John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (1925-2001)

Born in an elevator in Newton, Massachusetts. Jack Lemmon was a Harvard grad, where he was also the president of the Hasty Pudding Club, and he served in the Navy.

His big breakthrough in acting came in the movie It Should Happen To You of 1954. Perhaps his most famous role was as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, 1968. Younger fans may be more familiar with his role in Grumpy Old Men of 1998.

Lemmon was the first actor to win Academy Awards for Best Actor (Save the Tiger, 1973) and Best Supporting Actor (Mister Roberts, 1975). In 1988, the American Film Institute gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jack Lemmon died of bladder and colon cancer in 2001.

1 comment:

  1. Great Pic, great Bio, a great life. I didn't know he was a pipe smoker. Fantastic!