Today is the anniversary of actor Jack Lemmon's birth in 1925.
THE FUTURIST! will commemorate this day with his favorite Lemmon performances in motion pictures. This is a daunting task. Mr. Lemmon is one of THE FUTURIST!'s favorite actors. He was a man who could equally take on comedic and dramatic roles ... or blend those two halves of the thespian's mask into one character. If you take a good hard look at his Felix Ungar in THE ODD COUPLE, you see a very sad man that is presented to us by Neil Simon's words to represent a very funny comical character. THE FUTURIST! thinks that Lemmon transcends the playwright/screenwriter's intentions and gives us so much more depth by his acting.
Because of the many roles that THE FUTURIST! enjoys because of Lemmon's expert stepping of his actorly toe in the pool of smile and sadness, he has devised two Top 5 Lists. THE FUTURIST! is allowed to cheat ... it is his world created here in Utter Despair, NJ.
THE FUTURIST!'S TOP 5 FAVORITE COMEDIC JACK LEMMON ROLES
(in alphabetical order)
1. THE APARTMENT
3. THE GREAT RACE
4. THE ODD COUPLE
5. SOME LIKE IT HOT
THE FUTURIST!'s TOP 5 FAVORITE DRAMATIC JACK LEMMON ROLES
1. AIRPORT '77
2. THE CHINA SYNDROME
3. THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
5. SAVE THE TIGER