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Thursday, 28 June, 2001, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Jack Lemmon tributes
Jack Lemmon
Lemmon in London in 1961
As film-lovers worldwide mourn the death of US screen actor Jack Lemmon BBC News Online brings you some of the tributes:

"He is one of the greatest actors in the history of the business. To say one word about him would be to say he's a beautiful person. It's an opinion that is shared by everybody who knew him."

Lemmon's long-time spokesman Warren Cowen


"Lemmon on screen came to embody a bewildered American who doesn't understand why the world is the way it is. He was also a skillful, solid, generous actor who allowed others who weren't nearly as talented as he was to shine. But he was also an actor willing to take risks, like appearing in Robert Altman's Short Cuts or Oliver Stone's JFK towards the end of his life."

Film historian Ian Christie


"What is great about Lemmon is the way he aged on screen from the young neurotic ingénue to the man who has clearly lived. He is an actor who seems to have walked off the street to deliver a dose of reality, or profound ordinariness. Lemmon was clearly one of those actors whose screen persona came from the strength of his own personality."

Independent on Sunday film critic Jonathan Romney


"The most important thing with Lemmon was that he was so prolific and so adaptable. When you look at the range of his work from Bell, Book and Candle to The Apartment to Some Like It Hot, it's tremendous."

Film historian John Huntley


"Lemmon was a star that existed very much in the urban sweat and grim. He was a very harried and hassled actor - good at transmitting everyday grit to an audience. He was not a great comedian but he was a great actor, so he didn't come out with the jokes himself, but he set the jokes up and took the knocks very well."

Daily Mail Film Critic Jason Solomons


"It wasn't just that Lemmon was Hollywood's best comedian, he was also an actor of real stature in other parts. He was one of the most admired and best-loved of all those in Hollywood who consistently tried to do quality work."

The Guardian Film Critic Derek Malcolm

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