Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Jack Lemmon

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Jack Lemmon, born February 8th, 1925!

Some stars are created. They spend years perfectly crafting their screen images, refining everything from their manner of speech to the way they dress to the minutia of a little thing called their past. Others stars just, well, are. They exist in the world of classic Hollywood just as they exist in “real life.” Jack Lemmon is one of those stars.

Unlike other studio-era stars, Jack Lemmon wasn’t pressed with the task of projecting an image to the audience. Because he didn’t have to maintain an illusion of glamour or sophistication, he was free to explore his craft in a myriad of varying characters. Whether playing a cross dressing bass player, a married alcoholic or a grumpy old man, Lemmon always seems completely genuine and lost in his role. He was actor before he was a star, and that’s why we love him. So, let us celebrate this great actor’s birthday by looking at some of his greatest classic movie roles.


 shirley maclaine, the apartment, classic movie actress, billy wilderJack Lemmon with Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment (1960, Billy Wilder director)


Lee remick, days of wine and roses, classic  movie actress, blake edwardsJack Lemmon with Lee Remick in Days of Wine and Roses (1962, Blake Edwards director)


Ving Rhames, movie actorVing Rhames giving Jack Lemmon his award at the 1998 Golden Globes because, really, what better role can you play than an influence and inspiration.


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