American actorDied when: 76 years 139 days (916 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius
John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was an American actor.Equally proficient in both dramatic and comic roles, Lemmon was known for his anxious, middle-class everyman screen persona in dramedy pictures, leading The Guardian to coin him "the most successful tragi-comedian of his age." He was nominated for an Academy Award eight times, winning twice, and among many other accolades, including six Golden Globe Awards (counting the honorary Cecil B.
DeMille Award), three BAFTA Awards, and two Emmy Awards.In 1988, he was awarded the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the American cinema.
He starred in over sixty films, such as Mister Roberts (1955, for which he won the year's Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Irma la Douce (1963), The Great Race (1965), The Odd Couple (1968) and its sequel The Odd Couple II (1998, both with frequent co-star Walter Matthau), Save the Tiger (1973, for which he won Best Actor), The China Syndrome (1979), Missing (1982), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and Grumpy Old Men (1993).
He also acted in several Broadway plays, earning Tony Award nominations for Tribute and the 1986 revival of Long Day's Journey into Night.