1988 Jack Lemmon Tribute

Jack Lemmon was awarded the 16th AFI Life Achievement Award on March 10, 1988.

Jack Lemmon hunkering down to a fine, enjoyable meal in THE APARTMENT (1960). Director Billy Wilder won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Direction, and Screenplay of 1960. Lemmon: "I always felt that Billy grew a rose in a garbage pail with this one."

It was during Walter Matthau's Broadway run as Oscar Madison in THE ODD COUPLE that Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder appeared at the stage door with the story of THE FORTUNE COOKIE (Lemmon and Matthau's first movie together). Gene Saks' 1968 film version of Neil Simon's comedy reunited the actors and cemented their image as one of the movies' all-time great comic teams. Above, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as THE ODD COUPLE.

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were again teamed with Billy Wilder for the black comedy BUDDY, BUDDY (1981), the seventh film Lemmon made for the director over a 22 year collaboration.

Jack Lemmon with Julie Andrews at the 1988 AFI Life Achievement Award.

A young Jack Lemmon relaxing.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) was the beginning of a collaboration between Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder that produced some of the finest works either artist has ever done. Above, Billy Wilder with Lemmon and co-star, Tony Curtis.