Thursday, June 28, 2001

Recently, someone asked me who my favourite actor was. Without any hesitation, I said Jack Lemmon. So it is with great sadness that I've just heard that he has died, aged 76. But what a career, particularly the peerless Billy Wilder films, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment and Irma La Douce. Although he was best known for comedies, I loved him in serious roles: Missing, Glengarry Glen Ross and, best of all, the alcoholic in Days Of Wine And Roses.

Some Like It Hot ends on the killer line "Nobody's perfect." Maybe not, but Lemmon came damn close.

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