1. John Uhler “Jack” Lemmon III was an American actor and musician.
2. Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins.
3. Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.
4. He was the only child of Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. Lemmon attended John Ward Elementary School in Newton and The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts.
5. He stated that he knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of eight. – as well as a member of the Delphic Club for Gentleman, a final club at Harvard.
6. He could also play the harmonica, guitar, organ, and the double bass.
7. He was close friends with actors, Tony Curtis, Ernie Kovacs, Walter Matthau and Kevin Spacey.
8. Lemmon and Kovacs became close friends and appeared together in two subsequent films, Bell, Book and Candle and It Happened to Jane.
9. He was a favorite of director Billy Wilder, starring in the films Some Like It Hot , The Apartment, Irma la Douce, The Fortune Cookie, Avanti!, The Front Page, and Buddy Buddy.
10. The biography quotes Lemmon as saying, “I am particularly susceptible to the parts I play…
11. If my character was having a nervous breakdown, I started to have one”.
12. He enjoyed a longtime working relationships with both Blake Edwards, starring in Days of Wine and Roses .
13. Lemmon recorded an album in 1958 while filming Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe.
14. Twelve jazz tracks were created for Lemmon and another twelve were added.
15. In 1988, the American Film Institute gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
16. In that film, Lemmon delivered the line, “My name is Joe Clay …