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Oscar-winning actor Jack Lemmon has died at the age of seventy-six

WOW! Really sad news from Father Geek here this morning folks, my all time favorite comedian and a damn fine dramatic actor to boot, Jack Lemmon has died. The two-time Oscar winner (nominated for 6 more) died early Thursday, June 28, the versatile performer had suffered medical complications related to cancer and died at the USC/Norris Cancer Clinic, with his wife and two of his children at his bedside.

Probably best known for dressing up in drag alongside Tony Curtis in the Marilyn Monroe classic 'Some Like It Hot', he was considered by many one of the last remaining old-school Hollywood actors. However, Father Geek will always remember him for his outstanding dramatic performances in CHINA SYNDROME, MISSING, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, FRONT PAGE, and JFK, performances that mirrored his personal political beliefs as well. I admired his outspoken courage as much as his ability as an actor. Of course who can ever forget those great comic roles in THE ODD COUPLE, THE APARTMENT, GRUMPY OLD MEN, IRMA LA DOUCE, GONE FISHING, MR. ROBERTS and THE OUT OF TOWNERS.

Several years ago Lemmon admitted to having had a very serious drinking problem, which is why he looked back to his Oscar winning role as Harry Stoner in SAVE THE TIGER as perhaps his most gratifying, and fulfilling screen performance during his career.

Born in an elevator he was predestined to rise to the top of what ever he chose to do with his life. This Harvard grad ("War Service Sciences") was the winner of 3 BAFTAs and was nominated for another 4. He struck gold at CANNES, Venice, and Berlin twice each. He was awarded an amazing 5 Golden Globes and was nominated an astonishing 15 additional times. He collected at least a half dozen LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS including one from the Screen Actors Guild.

Father Geek is marking this one up as a great personal loss, a loss not only of an outstanding entertainer, but of a fantastic, moral individual, a leader, and an example to be looked up to with pride. The world is a far poorer place with his passing.

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  • June 28, 2001, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Never expected this

    by MBear

    God bless you Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:15 a.m. CST

    A great actor

    by PhillyLilley

    He was a great actor and a funny man, he'll be missed by all. Philly

  • June 28, 2001, 2:20 a.m. CST


    by cozmicmonkeychow

    First Archie Bunker, and now the other half of the Odd Couple... what a terrible week of goodbyes this has been. I'm gonna go to bed and mope now... :(

  • June 28, 2001, 2:24 a.m. CST

    It's a pity. Matthau, Lee and now Lemmon.

    by Buscemi 01

    I really hope that Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood will hit the hundred. How come one never expects that? It comes really out of the blue. Well, maybe because they are legends.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:29 a.m. CST

    The final curtain for a comedy geius.

    by Scojoe

    I can't believe this. Jack Lemmon has been a hero of mine for years now. His performances made me laugh and cry at the same time. Anybody who hasn't seen his work only have to check out Some Like It Hot, Irma La Douce, The Apartment, The Odd Couple, How to Murder Your Wife and The Great Race to see that he was a comedic genuis. His acting was always spot on. The perfect clown, villian, hero or put upon soul. He will be sadly missed.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:32 a.m. CST

    This is by far the shittiest news of the year for me

    by Isidore

    What sucks is that I was just wondering today or yesterday about how long he would be with us. I thought another 10 years at least. Damn! Well there goes my week. I guess he makes the big #3 in the death rule. I hope he gets a huge dedication on AMC. he deserves a couple days non-stop like TV land did for the late Mr. Bunker.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Indeed a sad day

    by All-ighty Ollar

    Jack Lemmon was one of the greats. His movies were cool. He will be missed by many.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:37 a.m. CST

    The best to ever hit the screen

    by tommyfivetone

    He never gave a bad performance. Ever. Even when the material was woefully beneath him, he carried himself with grace and dignity. When he was good, he was the best there was. Even in his later years, he turned out astonishing work. Watch him in "Short Cuts" or "Glengarry Glen Ross"; he can break your heart with just a look. You'll be missed, Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Jack, we'll miss you

    by StanTheMan

    The shock of Jack Lemmon's death has meanwhile spread over to Europe. I will miss him dearly! Let us hope that the other living legends of cinema will be around for the years to come. Mainly, I think about Billy Wilder. By the way: Alles Gute nachtraeglich zum 95sten, Herr Wilder! Ich, einer Ihrer groessten Bewunderer, verbeuge mich vor Ihrem Genie und Ihrem Werk! JR.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Passing of an all-time great

    by Shad0wfax

    He made us laugh, one of the greatest gifts any one person can bestow upon mankind. He will be sorely missed, I toast to you.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:46 a.m. CST


    by jon-e-blaze

    but i remember the first time i watched him in a film irma la douce and watched it about 1,000 times after that but when he teamed with mathau it was magic

  • June 28, 2001, 2:47 a.m. CST

    The scenery is slowly changing

    by reni

    I'm really really gutted about this. Jack seemed to me to be this beautiful soul on screen. Loads of love in his eyes, all the conviction and wit, characteristics that no one else had. You know what, I watched Glengarry Glen Ross for the first time last night. He acted them all off screen. Absolutely amazing, and I started believing he was gonna be around forever. Good night Jack. Say hello to Walt. It's good to meet up with old friends...

  • June 28, 2001, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Biege

    I don't know if it's possible to be a Hollywood legend and still be underrated, but I believe that is accurate with Lemmon. Far too many people see him as simply a brilliant comedian and don't get the fact that he was as talented and versatile an actor as films have seen. He will be missed. I'll be cueing up Mister Roberts tonight...

  • June 28, 2001, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Oh man.

    by Dave_F

    I just watched "The China Syndrome" a few days ago and was reminded of what a phenomenal actor Lemmon is. It's also strange to have seen his sad fate in that movie mere days before his death. Damn. I actually haven't seen much of Lemmon's early work (never seen "Some Like it Hot"), but he kicked ass in "JFK", stole the show in "Glengarry Glen Ross", and generally was one of the most mesmerizing actors I've ever seen in front of the camera. I'll definitely be paying tribute to his greatness as the movie channels no doubt salute him in the weeks to come. Seeya, Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:11 a.m. CST


    by Stainles Steel

    I hate to see all our truely great actors shuffling off this mortal coil.Jack we loved you!

  • I really liked watching him with similar talent (especially Glengary and The Odd Couple). He really seemed to relish the chance to spitshine the material and give it a go. A thoughtful, understated style that suited him well in his later years (which I'd really hoped wouldn't have come to an end quite this soon). To that end, I hope that Mr. Newman sticks around with us for at least 10 more years....the best old school cat still ready to dance as well as he ever has.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:15 a.m. CST

    One of the All Time Greats

    by Stu Wars

    With Matthau gone as well you can bet your bottom dollar that both of them are up there now putting on a hell of a show for the big guy upstairs! He'll be greatly missed. I'm now gonna have a Lemmon movie marathon as a sign of respect.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:17 a.m. CST

    This is a sad day

    by Duckie79

    Words cannot describe how saddened I am , to hear of the passing of this genius actor. He will definitely be missed in my heart. Rest In Peace Mr. Lemmon, thank you for all you have done for film and television.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:36 a.m. CST

    He'll be missed

    by Bannlust

    Huh ... that ruins my day. Gotta go and watch "Some like it hot" again. Not a nice year for comedy, first Doug Adams now Jack. It's a sad world.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Farewell Jack.

    by Psyclops

    This is really sad news. I loved him as an actor and I will always remember his brilliant performances in films like 'Dad' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross'. Farewell good friend... you will always be remembered.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Thank you for your lifes work Jack

    by Dash101

    You shall be missed... by all. dash101.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:51 a.m. CST

    was not his time

    by littleBILL

    met him at a golf tourny 2 years ago, let me take a picture with him. i will cherish it forever. sleep well jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Jack we'll miss you. I love you.

    by Freya

    I can't believe Jack Lemmon has passed on. Just yesterday I was watching Tuesdays With Morrie and I was thinking what a great actor he was... There was no finer comedian, if you ask me. He has been in some of the most memorable movies ever. I know that many of today's Hollywood actors looked up to him and considered him an example of brilliant acting (e.g. Kevin Spacey). Thanks for the memories.

  • June 28, 2001, 3:56 a.m. CST

    God bless ya, Mr. Lemmon...

    by Otter

    Jack, you were one of my first Hollywood guys that I ever saw on my TV, in "Some Like It Hot". I was impressed with your comic timing, and your great double takes. You only continued to impress me after that, including your performance in Glengary Glen Ross. Rest in peace, Jack.... you've earned it.

  • June 28, 2001, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I came into this guy late in life...

    by Ridge

    I only started watching Jack Lemmon when I was roughly 18. For years I never knew of his talent, I haven't seen many of his older works. I came into his career by seeing the movie 'Grumpier old men' which in itself is a perfect sequel to the movie it inspired me to rent 'Grumpy old men'. Two absolutely fantastic movies with heart and character, topped by more than perfect performances by Matthau and Lemmon. Then I saw 'My Fellow Americans' and what can I say but this man carried that whole movie on his shoulders, never once delivering a bad line, never once being unbelievable, he WAS his roles. I have to say, 'Inherit the wind' to me was a bit of a trivial play, but his performance in the movie version, was absolutely fantastic, his mockery of the opposition and his sternness not to be defeated were stunning. I feel so sad knowing we have lost not only a damned fine comedian but one hell of an actor, and apparently according to his friends and relatives, one of the nicest men to grace this planet. My condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones. We'll miss you Jack. Like it's already been said, the acting world won't be the same without you...

  • June 28, 2001, 4:19 a.m. CST

    oh gosh

    by jamie sonil

    what a shock, especially coming from the fact that me and my friend was just raving about him for hours the other day. For hours we were talking about Tony Curtis and for some reason just ate the whole night chatting about Jack Lemmon. I personally love Missing, have the sountrack and seen it a zillion times (due to certain parallels of the movie to my life). You're leaving one big fan here Jack; you will be missed.

  • June 28, 2001, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Prisoner of 2nd Avenue

    by Doppler

    Surprised that few obits for Lemmon (including this site's) mention LINE]his great performance in PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE, my favorite Lemmon movie. He played his typical put-upon Everyman character to the hilt in this one. He will be greatly missed.

  • June 28, 2001, 4:55 a.m. CST

    First Archie now Felix, The Lord must need a laugh.

    by Alonzo Hawk

    So long Jack, you were one of my favorites. Tell Oscar Madison we said Hello.

  • June 28, 2001, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Farewell, sweet prince, and flights of angels attend thee...

    by Moonwatcher

    When I was growing up in suburban Chicago, I can remember our family making several trips into the city to see The Great Race. Jack Lemmon's performance as Professor Fate was wonderfully over the top, and still remains one of my favorite early movie experiences. What a great actor he was - just watch the scene in The Apartment when he fixes his tv dinner; I mean, he dances thru that scene almost as well as Astaire or Kelly in their prime. Our loss is Heaven's gain, now that the Odd Couple is back together. Hope you're leaving 'em laughing up there, too, Jack. Farewell and God rest you - you've earned it.

  • June 28, 2001, 5 a.m. CST

    They go in threes!!!

    by yo_llama

    My wife says celebrities die in clumps of three. A couple of times she's been right, but I can't remember the sets of actors right now. Look, last week Carroll O'Connor passed on. This week Lemmon. Stay tuned for who buys it next week!

  • June 28, 2001, 5:02 a.m. CST

    oh lived as a legend and shall remain one.

    by Brian 2000

    rest in peace.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:09 a.m. CST


    by Skip403

    One of my favorites, Lemmon's character (and performance) was probably the most compelling in this film taken from the stage. One of my all-time faves, it is one of his best pieces of work, even at a much older age than past performances.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Lemmon WAS the Third

    by Morbo

    Last week we lost Carroll O'Connor & bluesman John Lee Hooker. I've been waiting for the other shoew to drop and now it has. R.I.P., Mr. Lemmon. BTW, to the poster above, "The Apartment" is indeed on DVD, released only last week by MGM. I know what I'll be spinning tonight.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:21 a.m. CST

    A Sad Loss

    by Film Fever

    Is'nt it amazing how a man, I'm sure none of us as ever met, can sadden so many by his death. jack had a certain everyman quality about him. Someone we could look up to. We never heard any dirt on Jack and he just enjoyed his life and his career, which in turn aided in our love for him. Jack you'll be missed greatly, you were one of those folks I thought would live forever. Rest In Peace.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:34 a.m. CST

    "Magic Time"

    by mrbeaks

    Thanks for all of it, Jack, and thanks for doing it right up until the very end.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:39 a.m. CST

    I hope I'll meet you someone, you ignorant scum.

    by Buscemi 01

    Nuff said. I want this Thread kept clean. Someone mentioned Paul Newman. Aye, he is another one I want to live forever just as Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:51 a.m. CST

    A sad day for the entertainment industry

    by retroguy

    When I heard that Jack Lemmon had died, I became very sad. While he had not done much as of late because of his illness, I still think he was one of hte best actors of all time. Most of his movies were good with some exception to the comedies he did when getting older. Glen Gary Glen Ross comes to mind as my favorite with him in it, and I think I will need to watch it tonight just to remember Jack. He will be missed by everyone in the industry. One of the greatest moments was when Ving Rhames gave him that trophy. That was very great, and really had an affect on me. I will miss him and I think most others will too...

  • June 28, 2001, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Jack Lemmon was in Inherit the Wind??????

    by straxboy

    I wasn't watching it close enough I guess. What is it with comedians and the piano. Like Dudley Moore (ooops invoked that name - he'll go next. Damn) Lemmon was also a great pianist and a consumate musician - see The Player for a too brief glimpse of Jack doing Silent Night at the party scene with Jeff Goldblum. He actually made a couple of albums too. Chintzy in the extreme but iwht same twinkle he bought to his acting. Why do I feel like my dad just passed on.....

  • June 28, 2001, 6:09 a.m. CST

    He was still doing great work

    by Lester

    Right up until his death. Maybe we missed out on a few great performances, he obviously could still deliver them. But still a life well lived, full of avchievment. Goodbye Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by ewem

    Wow, both Grumpy Old Men, the Odd Couple are dead now. This is a huge loss and tragedy. Wow, we lost him and Carol OConnor in the same week. Very sad...we'll miss you all!

  • June 28, 2001, 6:17 a.m. CST

    a member of the family has left the building

    by Krueger

    Jack Lemmon, was more than merely an actor. To many he felt like a member of our own family. Now almost a year to the day that his friend Walter Matthau died, Jack Lemmon has passed on. He will forever remain in our minds and in our hearts. Raise a glass today to the immortal Mr. Lemmon, goodnight sweet prince, I hope you went with a smile.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Short Cuts

    by JohnnyBarrett

    Jack Lemmon was one of the greats. I think we can all agree on that. Isn't weird how Billy Wilder is outliving all the "promising young actors" he worked with back in the day? I just wanted to put in a good word for Jack Lemmon's small part in Short Cuts. He does that egg trick, has a mammoth monologue, and then wanders off after the death of his estranged grandson. That was really sad and, in a film full of great performances, I thought Jack Lemmon stole the show. If you're a jack Lemmon fan and you haven't seen Short Cuts, check it out. RIP Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Bye Jack

    by Captain Fantasy

    Another good and gentle heart passes to a greater place, we'll miss you Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by diverdan

    Well it's pretty much all been said. He was great and he'll be missed. He left behind a huge body of work that we can sink ourselves into and watch as he makes magic.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:55 a.m. CST

    We'll miss you, Jack!

    by Toonimator

    I, too, came to know Jack's films late in my relatively young life, probably with Grumpy Old Men. I haven't seen nearly half of what I want to see of his, but everything was magic. After Matthau last year, I'm sure many of us figured it was only a matter of time. Kabouter Plop, I think you're right... Walter did it! Those two were brilliant together. Jack certainly set a high bar for actors, dramatic or comedic. Ving Rhames' gift of his Golden Globe to Jack is probably the greatest moment in that show; ever since, the Globes have been trying to live up to that year's excellent show, but nothing can beat that moment of surprise & respect. Jack Lemmon was like a favorite uncle, any time he showed up, you were thrilled to pieces. Take care up there, Uncle Jack. Rest well.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:59 a.m. CST

    this sucks

    by Jack Burton

    Jack ruled. He should have been immortal. Guess i'll have to watch Glengarry for the 400th time tonite. Good night Shelly.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Well, that's three...

    by Klam Bake

    Quinn, O'Connor and now Lemmon. I love not giving a shit.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:10 a.m. CST

    ah shit!

    by holidill

    THat was my first reaction when I saw this headline. I thought it was a joke of some kind. Damn! I loved Jack Lemmon. Rest in Peace.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by Poetamelie

    We lost a national treasure last night. I can't think of a single bad performance. This is as sad as losing Jimmy Stewart. God bless you, Jack, and peaceful passage.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:22 a.m. CST


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  • June 28, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Lemmon and Stewart

    by Sssnakepit

    The first time I really noticed Jack was in "Bell, Book & Candle" as the young warlock. His performance was a standout next to the great Jimmy Stewart. I find many similarities between the two. Both were "everyman" and made us believe in their characters. Even though we start watching the film thinking Jimmy or Jack, we end up seeing Mr. Smith or Shelly. What a terribly sad day. Yes, I hope Paul Newman sticks around a bit longer. But there are several actors from the 40's and 50's who still grace us with their performances. James Coburn finally won an Oscar a couple of years ago. I can't help but think that the powers that be in Hollywood are overlooking a goldmine by not including these greats in films today. They can still teach some of the newer breed a thing or two about REAL star power.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST


    by fishmael

    Its a shame, but its also sort of weird. All day this morning I'v been thinking about lines from the movie "The Great Race" that his character said. For instance, "You rise, you shine", "Push the button, max", and "he escaped with a small chicken?" Professor Fate will be missed.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:26 a.m. CST

    "Professor Fate" from "The Great Race."

    by Uncapie

    Mr. Lemmon stole that movie! Especially portraying the dual role as the idotic prince. "Oh, you Great Leslie; how can you be so great, you Great Leslie, you?" was a line we used to quote in college. His character was even the inspiration for the character in "The Wacky Racers" cartoon. "Irma La Duce", "The Apartment", "Operation: Mad Ball"(Great movie!), "The Fortune Cookie", "Under the Yum Yum Tree", "Some Like It Hot". He also could handle dramatic roles as in "Glen Garry Glen Ross", "Save the Tiger", "Days Of Wine And Roses" and "The China Syndrome". I had the great fortune to meet the man once and that smile he had when he shook my hand was genuine. A real, warm, honest human being. He was a great man and a great actor.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Lemmon was one of the best

    by JonnyQuick

    The earliest memory I have of Lemmon was watching him drain his spaghetti through that tennis racket in "The Apartment." I didn't come across "The Odd Couple" or "Some Like it Hot" until much later, and I didn't discover his straight drama work until much later, when I saw "The China Syndrome." He was an old man; he'd had a long life and lived it well. Fate knows, I wouldn't have wanted him to wind up some babbling Alzheimer's victim like Ronnie Reagan or tied to a bed and a bunch of machines for years on end. Still, it hurts to lose a good man and a fine actor. Rest in Peace, Jack.

  • I have enjoyed Jack Lemmon's work as much as the next guy, especially the stuff he has done in comedies. But Father Geek, do you actually believe it takes courage to be a liberal in Hollywood? I mean, "exposing" the nuclear power industry and the ever-present batch of generic evil white male capitalists in "China Syndrome" was not exactly a risky career move, y'know? Probably took about as much courage as wearing an AIDS ribbon at the Academy Awards.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Without question, a great loss for us all.

    by Sardonicus

    I must have watched The Prisoner of Second Avenue eight million times during the summer between 4th and 5th grades on HBO, which at that time ran one or two movies a day for its entire 20-hour day. As soon as it was over, the countdown until the next show began. Jack Lemmon is one of those actors---hell, one of those men---that you'll never hear some off-camera horror story about, and that's not just because he came from another era in Hollywood. It's because he was a class act all the way, humble and generous onscreen and off. He'd be the first to tell you he was just an actor, but to the rest of us, he'll remain a source of the best this world has to offer in laughter, tears and inspiration. To paraphrase Henry the VIIIth, we are to be pitied for his passing.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:44 a.m. CST

    The Lemmon Effect

    by reedog

    One the things Jack Lemmon showed Hollywood was that a very successful comedic actor could crossover to dramatic roles. Would Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey have the same doors open for them if not for Jack Lemmon? Probably not. This was a guy who could do it all as an actor. And while it's sad to see him go, we should be be glad that there is such a body of work for us to keep watching.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Hanks-Luckiest Actor of All Time

    by mateo_ace

    Can someone explain to me why America loves this guy to the point they feel he is a great actor? I credit him for Gump but Philadelphia? He was not even the 2nd best performance in the film! Yeah, it was red ribbon time but come on. I finally saw Castaway and I asked myself why he was nominated, any established actor could have done it. Now, to direct a sci-fi epic? That Thing You Do Was a ABC After School Movie Special. Just because he is friends with Spielberg does not me ability rubs off.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:56 a.m. CST

    A Lemmon that was Never Sour

    by twitaman

    Jack Lemmon had so many wonderful roles that it's nearly impossible to single out a favorite. I will give it a shot though anyway (I'm foolish like that)... I'll have to say that watching he and Shirley Maclaine in The Apartment always brings a smile to my face.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:07 a.m. CST

    This is unfortunate...

    by Leatherapron

    ... but I am, in a way, happy for him. The man was probably suffering greatly from his illness. Also, as long as his memory is kept alive through his great body of work, he will never truly die. Jack and Walter are reunited now, and are probably raising hell in heaven. Cheers.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:11 a.m. CST

    A true lifetime achiever

    by Kikstad

    Jack Lemmon worked in a profession in which one or two hits made and defined a "career," in which fame was fleeting and success was often short-lived. But decade after decade he kept acting and performing in one great role after another. He was never typecast -- he played dramatic roles and comedic roles. And as some of his more recent acting gigs showed (especially his remake of 12 ANGRY MEN) he still had more talent in his little pinky than a truckload full of other younger thespians. His greatest gift to us fans was the fact that he kept performing until the very end. He will be sadly missed.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:11 a.m. CST

    A tip o' the hat

    by Hardyboy

    "Wonderful" isn't a word I often use, but Jack Lemmon was indeed a wonderful actor. Throughout his career he came across as the Ideal Everything: as a young man, he was the Ideal Friend; in middle age he was the Ideal Boss or just the Ideal Everyman; and more recently he's been the Ideal Grandpa. And somehow it seems fitting that he should pass on within a year of Walter Matthau. We'll miss ya, Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Well, there's number three...

    by DearGodMySpleen

    So creepy that famous people always seem to die in threes. Carroll O'Connor, John Lee Hooker, and now Jack Lemmon. Sad to see Jack go, he was one of those rare actors that was good in just about anything.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I'll miss him-

    by SenatorNado

    This man never lost his youthful sense of playfulness in every single performance and public appearance. His smile, sense of humor and positive attitude always brought a smile on my face, and I've learned a lot from his acting work. I'll miss you, Jack, and I hope you have an internet connection wherever you are so you can keep up with us geeks. Time to watch Some Like it Hot to honor your memory.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Felix and Oscar will be sharing a room in heaven?

    by Sgt. Bilko

    This is sad news, but the best thing we can do right now is enjoy his work and be glad he was once a part of our lives.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:44 a.m. CST

    "It's not a big spoon it's a ladle! A ladle!"

    by Regis Travolta

    Felix to Oscar in the Odd Couple.

  • June 28, 2001, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Well Goodbye, So long, The road calls you dear...

    by Neosamurai85

    Wow... My all time favorite Lemmon role would have to be The Apartment. Some might be looking at me funny but it is. It was something about this very sleazy guy who tries to do good but just get beat down as a reward. I don

  • June 28, 2001, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by The_Black_Hair

    ...sad news. The weird thing is, I was listening to this Bay Area sports talk show host after Carrol O'Conner and John Lee Hooker died, and celebs always die in threes.... and he predicted Jack Lemmon would be next, just like that. I better place some cash on his sports picks from now on.

  • June 28, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST

    A true legend has passed.......

    by SilentBob X

    I'll never forget his first pairing with Walter Matthau in The Fortune Cookie(A vastly underrated film, IMO) And he made me laugh out loud in The Odd Couple and Grumpy Old Men. He reminded me so much of my father in Grumpy Old Men it was scary. A sad day, indeed. Snoogans.

  • June 28, 2001, 9:23 a.m. CST

    So sad...

    by PrincessFlavia

    I was just talking with a friend the other day about "Glengarry Glen Ross". Jack Lemmon was the soul of that movie; among that great ensemble, it is his performance that stands out in my memory. It's amazing to think that the same man who was so heartbreaking as Shelly "The Machine" made me laugh so hard as "Daphne" in "Some Like it Hot". This really isn't the place to get into political arguments, but since someone else brought it up, I'll just say that it takes courage to stand up for your beliefs at any time. This is a place to share our memories of Mr. Lemmon, not a place for another tiresome right-wing bitch-and-moan session about "Liberal Hollywood". Now that's out of my system...It is a great man that can make so many strangers feel like his personal friends. That is the quality that Jack Lemmon had and that is why I and so many others will miss him so much. Bless you in Heaven, Mr. Lemmon--keep 'em entertained up there!

  • June 28, 2001, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Just saw The Apartment yesterday...

    by Dagan

    What a wonderful movie. I'd seen it once before in High School on AMC and watched the whole thing in place of studying for a test that I should have been more concerned about. I remember it being a great movie(so much so I couldn't get responsible and turn it off), but watching it again just deepened my apprecation for that film and Mr. Lemmon's performance even more. He is an absolute dynamo in that movie, just as in so many other films he did. I'm just glad that such a talented man, who comes across so warm and relaxed onscreen - a guy who made everything look easy, even when what he was doing had to be anything but... I'm glad that not only is he somewhere where he'll no doubt live for eternity free of pain and suffering, but he'll also live forever here on earth through his amazing body of work. As has been said many times before on this Talkback... Mr. Lemmon, nobody can possibly replace you. Thank you for always leaving us with either smiles on our faces or emotion in our hearts - and in many cases both at the same time.

  • June 28, 2001, 9:44 a.m. CST

    "Leslie will LOSE! Your automobile will LOSE! I will WIN!"

    by Eugene O

    The guy was great at comedy. I'll miss him...

  • June 28, 2001, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Damn it.

    by Billy Talent

    This is about the last thing I needed to hear this morning. I guess it had to happen sometime. Why couldn't it have been Ronald Reagan? This is just the worst.

  • June 28, 2001, 9:50 a.m. CST

    "Now, what's all this crud about no movie?!"

    by FredMan

    'Nuff said.

  • June 28, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by Andy Dufresne

    God rest your soul Jack, we will miss you.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST

    So very sad

    by JonQuixote

    It always seems to be this time of year too. Matthau went July 1st, Jimmy Stewart on July 2nd. It seems that it's either the beginning of summer, or Christmas that the legends move on. This is too bad, Lemmon was a great and even his recent work seemed full of energy and passion.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Ah, Dammit.

    by bltpdx

    When Matthau died I consoled myself-barely-by remembering that we still had Jack. I think others are right: God needed them both-He just didn't want to make it obvious so He waited a year in between. Rest in Peace, Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by SuperG

    I remember seeing Mr Lemmon for the first time in the film "The Great Race", I love that film as well as all of his other works. Now, about the three thing. I don't think we're done yet. First was Quinn, then O'Conner, now Lemmon. After the first two died, I started getting worried, and then I wake up and hear the news. :( Anyways...we also lost Adams and Hooker as well. If this three theory holds, then we will lose a famous non actor soon, unless I'm forgetting someone. I'm predicting Aruthur C Clarke....we'll see I guess.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by Dingo

    I was watching one of my old Simpsons tapes before I read this news this morning, and the episode with Jack Lemmon was on that tape. It's amazing how he was only on it for a few minutes, and he still managed to steal the whole episode. It just goes to prove that he could make you feel great from word one. His voice just had this amazing warm quality that made you feel good. This is definitly sad news, as I've always been a fan. He and Stewart, probably the only two actors I've liked equally in comedy and drama (take that, Hanks and Carrey!).

  • June 28, 2001, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Sad News Indeed...

    by RevSam

    But, uhm... I can't find anything else about this anywhere... Even that USA Today link you gave us doesn't say anyting... You would think that the media would be all over this like stink on shit, but nope, nothing... What's going on?

  • June 28, 2001, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Sad sad sad

    by LCD

    So sad... One of my all time favorites is "Some Like It Hot"... I

  • June 28, 2001, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Now I'm sad.

    by superninja

    Another legend is gone, and one of my favorite comedic actors. Just another reminder of the days gone by when Hollywood was a glamourous place.

  • June 28, 2001, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Farewell to one of the best

    by TallScott

    Very sad news indeed. Jack Lemmon was one the most talented best loved actors in the history of motion pictures. There will never be another like him and he will always be rememered for his wonderful talent and just being a great human being. Rest in Peace Jack.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:17 p.m. CST

    first carrol o'conner, now this . . .this is truly a sad year in

    by spoutykrout

    truly, truly shocked . . . Rest in Peace Jack, you won't be forgotten. . . . Favorite role? Shelly levine from GLENGARRY GLENROSS

  • June 28, 2001, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Alright.....who did it!!!! ............. who did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ScorpionSpawn

    I never liked the odd couple, I never liked grumpy old men. I have never seen any jack lemmon films.......except one.... Mr Roberts. It was always Cagney for me in that film, then Fonda, then even Ward Bond..... Jack Lemmon came last for me. Now I have not changed my mind about my choices, however..... Frank Pulver was a character only Lemmon could play. Well no, Tony Curtis could have played it.... and did in operation petticote. But to this end I will humbly raise my glass to him in the oscar Memoriam. To others Lemmon is dearly cherished and I can relate to their support of this actor/ comedian. Jack Lemmon... Bless his memory.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:32 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr. Lemmon

    by Bad Guy

    I enjoyed many of your films. And "Brandon Lives", you are truly an ass.

  • June 28, 2001, 2:33 p.m. CST

    More salt in that soup, Cookie.

    by Mr Sparkle

  • June 28, 2001, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Just getting over the death of Jack Lemmon when...

    by bibmcfeck

    I then saw on the news here in Britain that "Carry on..." legend Joan Sims has also died...Bugger days like this:(

  • June 28, 2001, 4:05 p.m. CST

    for those of us who don't look like newman or redford, lemmon wa

    by tommy5tone

    i'm not denying we could have done without 'the odd couple 2' but 'the apartment', 'some like it hot', 'days of wine and roses', and the way underrated 'save the tiger' through to 'the china syndrome', 'JFK', 'missing' and 'glengarry glen ross' (jesus, did you ever see someone portray weakness, pettiness and desperation with so little vanity?) is a career anyone would be proud to have their name on. god bless ya, jack, you were one of a kind. and let us hope brandon lives, that bleeding anal fissure with a a dried-up rat turd for a soul, is also one of a kind - any more like him in the world and i might have to start firebombing. i'm tommy five-tone and it's a billy wilder/jack lemmon double feature at my place tonight, i tells ya.

  • June 28, 2001, 4:50 p.m. CST

    And that's about it ... Lemmon-wise

    by hktelemacher

    His passing marks the further disappearane of old great Hollywood. Just yesterday I watched a bit of "Grumpier Old Men" on cable and was angry that he was essentially sleep-walking through the role, angry that he probably wouldn't be used to his fullest again and also angry that Walter Matthau had been type-cast as that same kind of slobbish character for the last ten years and not really allowed to breathe in different parts. These two guys, together or separate, had the most spark out of all of their peers. Thankfully Lemmon has such a great and distinguished body of work that we can all enjoy for a long, long time. When I heard this I wondered again what 96 year old director Billy Wilder thinks as he continues to outlive all of his younger actors and crewmen. No one can recreate what Lemmon did his entire career, and it's sad that there are very few contemporary actors working today who will be as integral to great film was Lemmon. He will be missed by all, and hopefully he will be perpetually discovered by new generations of film lovers.

  • June 28, 2001, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Hey, Brandon, lighten up.

    by Hardyboy

    I don't believe in the cartoonish version of heaven myself--the one where everyone gets a pair of wings, a halo, a harp, and a nice fluffy white cloud where they get to spend eternity doing everything they liked doing on earth--but so what if someone else does? What people are really doing here is expressing their appreciation and affection for a great actor, and probably putting their feelings in terms that make THEM feel better. (Who's to say Jack Lemmon's family isn't reading this site and feeling very appreciative of all these tributes?) There are also probably a few people who, like me, start thinking about their own mortality or the mortality of someone close to them when a famous person dies. It's been on my mind that my own father is just a few years younger than both Carroll O'Connor and Jack Lemmon were, and if you think that hasn't gotten me to examine my relationship with him, think again. Sheesh, AICN is a cynical site, which is one of the things I like about it, but from time to time people should be allowed to express what's in their hearts without being sniped at.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:07 p.m. CST

    With all of the Hollywood legends passing on...

    by KingKrypton

    ...does anyone else get the sense that much more is lost than just fine actors? Think about it. Guys like Quinn, Lemmon, Matthau, O'Connor, and such achieved to position of Hollywood icons. They defined entertainment for their generations and beyond. Look around at the "stars" of today. Do you see any such potential icons? I don't. Aside from guys who already are there (Ford, Travolta, Connery, Michael Douglas, maybe even Tom Hanks) and guys who have yet to reach that status (Jim Carrey, Nic Cage, Kevin Spacey), what do we have? We have a Hollywood almost completely dependent on untalented TIGER BEAT pretty boys. Guys like Quinn and Lemmon (both of whom I hope Jesus is taking care of) left a gigantic mark on entertainment. Can we say the same for the stars of this generation? Probably not. Today's big stars aren't leaving behind anything remotely approaching a memorable contribution to entertainment. Stuff like that makes the death of an icon like Jack Lemmon all the more sorrowful; it's a sign of how Hollywood has degenerated compared to what it was at its apex.

  • June 28, 2001, 6:31 p.m. CST

    We will miss you

    by Hook

    To a geat actor we will miss you , may you rest in peace and my heart goes out to the friends and relatives of Mr. Jack Lemon. Thank you for all those years.

  • June 28, 2001, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by Lazarus Long

    As the above poster mentioned, it is rather ironic that Billy Wilder is outliving all these people; the happy-go-lucky Lemmon dies but the bitterly cynical Wilder continues on, watching the world get worse and worse. *** To the guy who wished that Reagan had died instead, I say "no rest for the wicked". The longer that scumbag suffers the better. Let him drool another 20 years and watch his legacy get weaker and weaker with every pass around the sun. My guess is that God is in no hurry to see his treasonous ass, and if there is a hell he probably never will, anyway.

  • June 28, 2001, 10:32 p.m. CST

    RIP, Jack.

    by Jonny Quest

    I was really bummed to hear the news of his passing this morning. This guy was one of favorite actors out there. Great, naturalistic line readings, a fine charisma & I never saw him give a bad performance. He was one of a rare breed, terrifc at both comedy and drama, and he stole pretty much every scene I ever saw him do. Some of my favorite performances from him are Mister Roberts (Ensign Pulver!), The Odd Couple (Felix Ungar!), Short Cuts, Glengary Glen Ross (Shelly "The Machine" Levine!), JFK, Grumpy Old Men, The China Syndrome and the remake of 12 Angry Men (in the Henry Fonda role). I've never actually seen all of Some Like It Hot or The Apartment. I need to remedy that VERY soon. Remember when Ving Rhames handed over the Golden Globe he had just won to Jack Lemmon? Mr. Lemmon handled it with such grace, and you could tell he was truly flattered. A class act all the way. I just hope that he & Walter Matthau are somewhere entertaining the hell out of a whole lot folks right now. Rest in Peace, Jack. You'll be missed.

  • June 29, 2001, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I appreciated Ving Rhames' Golden Globe gesture too...

    by roctiv retrospect. At the time it happened I thought it was tacky, because you just don't give awards away, blah blah blah...what a twerp I was. Now I only wish more people had honored the greatly talented, empathic, courageous Jack Lemmon like that. Boy, are we going to miss him. And I agree with the poster who said they should be writing more roles in Hollywood for older actors. P.S. To those wishing ill on Ronald Reagan--come on, you guys. Alzheimers is something you wouldn't wish on anyone.

  • June 29, 2001, 5:19 a.m. CST

    one of the greats

    by Superpaddy

    And thats it really. A sad loss

  • June 29, 2001, 7:33 a.m. CST

    "Felix, for once YOUR the one who is late!"

    by JMYoda

    Ah I think God figured he had Walter so he needed Jack. They where both great alone and brilliant together... Plus the movie that won Jack Lemmon the Oscar, "Mr. Roberts" (With Henry Fonda, William Powell and James Cagney) is one of my all-time fav movies. I've must have seen it at least 100 times. What the hell where they thinking when they made the sequel "Ensign Pulver" and recasted his role with Robert Walker Jr??? (Not to mention Burl " I told ya I'd shoot but ya didn't believe me" Ives in Cagney's role) Man first Tony Quinn, then Carol OConner and now Jack Lemmon. It sucks that the greats are dropping like flies and there's hardly anyone worthy to replace them nowadays. :(

  • June 29, 2001, 8:28 a.m. CST

    First Carroll, now Jack

    by Darth Gravy

    First Carroll, now Jack. You guys helped shaped my understanding of acting and what's truly funny about drama...and what's truly dramatic about comedy. Save a seat for me up in heaven. I owe you fellas a drink. I'll miss you guys.

  • June 29, 2001, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Other posters have mentioned a lot of great movies....

    by Skyway Moaters

    ...and an extensive list of fine Jack Lemmon performances that they enjoyed or admire, but I don't think that anyone has brought up: "Bell Book & Candle", (have they? I haven't read the whole TB so I guess I'm making an assumption here; so sue me). Anyway, a relatively early supporting character, movie role, (1958, well after Mr. Roberts in 55, so he had been a pretty hot property for about three years when Bell Book Candle was shot): Nicky, a verry coool young warlock, musician type dude. Very entertaining and showing major flashes, more than in Mr Roberts, IMO, of the great comic ability he would later become renowned for. (He slays me in "The Great Race", to site an extreme example) But Nicky may be his 'coolest' character role. I know that sounds kind of lame; you just need to see the picture for yourself. Good flick: Kim Novak, Jimmy Stewart, ...Ernie Kovacs! If this film doesn't have you in stiches there is something seriously wrong with the way you process information. So long Jack Lemmon, Happy Trails.

  • June 29, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Dagnabbit ! Knew I shoulda read the TB first! ...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... Sssnakepit beat me to the punch. Right-on. Another recomendation for "BBC" ...where was I? RIP Mr. Lemmon.

  • June 29, 2001, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I was too sad yesterday to even come here and talk about it.

    by Fatal Discharge

    What added insult to injury was that when I turned to Entertainment Tonight to catch some reaction to his death and was astounded to find that their top story was that Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt had split up. Geeez, no wonder I don't watch that show anymore. They used to do full-show memoriams when a Hollywood legend died. Now, 'who slept with whom' and 'who got arrested' is more important. This man had one on the most astounding careers spanning almost 50 years of great roles and was a decent and likeable person also. He gave great performances in both comedy and drama (he was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Glengarry Glen Ross by the way). To think that he won't be around anymore leaves me truly depressed. It's also sad that of the young generations of Hollywood, there's no-one that shows any signs of having the class and long-and-varied career of Lemmon (I guess Tom Hanks comes closest).

  • June 29, 2001, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Save The Tiger isn't about alcoholics!!

    by BigEarlPartridge

    Days Of Wine And Roses is about alcoholics, so Lemmon wouldn't have cited his alcohol abuse as a factor in Save The Tiger. That was about a man who was going to burn down his business and get the insurance. Whatever... You didn't even mention Glengarry Glen Ross, which is his best performance ever.

  • June 29, 2001, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but Ving Rhames did NOT act like a little bitch.

    by roctiv

    By the way, I just rented BAGGER VANCE recently, and (SPOILER WARNING) I'm glad I saw it before this news was announced; otherwise one particular scene in it would have made me bawl.

  • June 30, 2001, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Jack's not dead

    by Neosamurai85

    He just went home.