In the history of film, there has never been another actor quite like Jack Lemmon. He was the comic cohort of Walter Matthau, Billy Wilder's muse, and easily one of the most talented actors of his time (or any other). His work was the definition of classic American manhood, and on this Black Friday, the most holy of capitalist days, we immediately think back to some of Lemmon's most lasting works -- the films that had the nerve to challenge the modern myth of The American Dream.

So when you're done with the malls and the crowds, for this installment of Actors We Miss we thought you might like to take a moment to remember Mr. Lemmon, not only for his comedic talent and heart-warming characters, but also for the films that challenged the demise of morality and the rise of capitalism -- if nothing else, it might make you feel better to rail against the system before you get that credit card bill next month.
Some Like It Hot Movie Poster
Some Like It Hot
1959
In Theaters on July 29, 1959

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy,... Read More

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Glengarry Glen Ross Movie Poster
Glengarry Glen Ross
R1992
Based on 14 critics

When an office full of New York City real estate salesmen is given the news that all but the top two... Read More

Save the Tiger Movie Poster
Save the Tiger
R1973
In Theaters on 1973

Clothing manufacturer Harry Stoner (Jack Lemmon) mourns the loss of his youthful idealism even as he... Read More

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