John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 June 27, 2001) was an American actor, with a career spanning six decades and garnering eight Academy Award nominations (including two wins).
Actor Chris Lemmon is his son.
- It Should Happen to You (1954) as Pete Sheppard
- Phffft (1954) as Robert Tracy
- Mister Roberts (1955) as Ensign Frank Pulvernote
- My Sister Eileen (1955) as Robert "Bob" Baker
- Bell, Book and Candle (1958) as Nicky Holroyd
- Some Like It Hot (1959) as Jerry/"Daphne"
- The Apartment (1960) as C. C. Baxter
- The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960) as Lt. Rip Crandall
- Days of Wine and Roses (1962) as Joe Clay
- The Great Race (1965) as Professor Fate/Prince Hapnick
- The Fortune Cookie (1966) as Harry Hinkle
- Luv (1967) as Harry Berlin
- The Odd Couple (1968) as Felix Ungar
- Kotch (1971) — the only film he ever directed; he has a very brief Creator Cameo
- Save The Tiger (1973) as Harry Stonernote
- The Front Page (1974) as Hildy Johnson
- Airport '77 (1977) as Capt. Don Gallagher
- The China Syndrome (1979) as Jack Godell
- missing. (1982) as Ed Horman
- JFK (1991) as Jack Martin
- The Player (1992) As Himself
- Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) as Shelley Levene
- Short Cuts (1993) as Paul Finnigan
- Grumpy Old Men (1993) as John Gustafson
- Grumpier Old Men (1995) as John Gustafson
- My Fellow Americans (1996) as President Russell P. Kramer
- Hamlet (1996) as Marcellus
- 12 Angry Men (1997) as Juror #8
- The Odd Couple II (1998) as Felix Ungar
- The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) as the Narrator
Tropes associated with Jack Lemmon's characters include:
- Large Ham: When he wants to ham it up, he'll ham it up, particularly in comedies.
- Star-Making Role: His Oscar-winning turn as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts.
- Those Two Actors: Appeared in ten movies with his good friend Walter Matthau, although in one of them (JFK) they have no shared scenes. Matthau also starred in Lemmon's sole directorial effort, 1971's Kotch.
- Tom Hanks Syndrome: Was considered to be mainly a comedic actor prior to his Oscar-nominated role in Days of Wine and Roses which resulted in more dramatic parts (although he also continued doing comedies).