Date: 28th June 2001
Hollywood veteran JACK LEMMON has died at the age of 76. The star of some like It Hot (1959) and Odd Couple, The (1968) recently had surgery to remove his gall bladder and was recovering from pneumonia.
He died on Wednesday evening (26JUN01) from complications related to cancer, reports longtime spokesman WARREN COWAN.
His second wife, FELICIA, and two children, CHRIS and COURTNEY, were at his bedside at USC/NORRIS CANCER CLINIC in Los Angeles, America, when he died.
The HARVARD UNIVERSITY-educated actor began his career with roles in stylish comedies and a musical with BETTY GRABLE.
During his long career, he received a staggering seven Oscar nominations, two of which were for comedies and five for dramas.
In 1955, Lemmon won his first Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor,
for his role as the hapless ENSIGN PULVER in the comedy MISTER ROBERTS (1955). He picked up his second Oscar, for Best Actor, in 1973 with SAVE THE TIGER (1973).
Today (27JUN01) Cowan paid tribute to his client and friend
saying, "He is one of the greatest actors in the history of the
business. It's an opinion that is shared by everybody who knew