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2001 - Veteran actor Jack Lemmon, whose roles ranged from brash or befuddled young men to grumpy old ones and who formed one of cinema’s great odd couples with late partner Walter Matthau, has died at age 76. Lemmon, a two-time Oscar winner and an Emmy winner for Tuesdays with Morrie, died at the University of Southern California’s Norris Cancer Centre with his wife, former actress Felicia Farr, and his son and daughter at his side, his longtime spokesman Warren Cowan said. He said that Lemmon, whose ability to play both comic and serious roles as a sort of American Everyman, died of complications from cancer. The Harvard-educated son of a baker, Lemmon dreamed of becoming an actor during a sickly boyhood.

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