"Truthfully, you can't be remembered as the best actor. Because you never are going to be the best, there is also no such thing as the best. What there is, is a lot of very good actors, which I hope to be one of, that at the right time in their life, with the right part, can give a performance that nobody else can give. There's a lot of them. And it happens."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Jack Lemmon (1925-2001) discusses his early television appearances on sitcoms and anthology teleplays, and his guest appearances in variety shows. He recalls becoming an established motion picture star in the 1950s, most notably in Billy Wilder's film Some Like It Hot. He talks about his return to television in 1972, in one of his favorite specials, Jack Lemmon in 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin. He outlines some of the television movies he appeared in, starting from the late 1980s, which included The Murder of Mary Phagan, A Long Day's Journey Into Night and 12 Angry Men. Morrie Gelman conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, California on November 4, 1998.