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Jack Lemmon

Lemmon taken at the 40th Emmy Awards, August 1988
Born John Uhler Lemmon III
(1925-02-08)February 8, 1925
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died June 27, 2001(2001-06-27) (aged 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Bladder cancer
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1949–2000
Spouse(s) Cynthia Stone (1950–56)
Felicia Farr (1962–2001) (his death)
Children Chris Lemmon
Courtney Lemmon
Denise “Farr/Lemmon” Gordon (stepdaughter)

Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure.
I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we'll ever see.
Jack Lemmon
I'd rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. You must reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.
Jack Lemmon
Death ends a life, not a relationship.
Stay humble. Always answer your phone - no matter who else is in the car.
When I'm reading material, if I'm a little bit afraid of a part and I'm willing to admit that to myself, then I'll do it, definitely. If I'm worried about being able to do it, to get it – I absolutely just love it.
Jack Lemmon
I would rather play Hamlet with no rehearsal than TV golf.
It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
Jack Lemmon
I won't quit until I get run over by a truck, a producer or a critic.
If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.
Jack Lemmon
Nobody deserves this much money - certainly not an actor.