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'Twist of Lemmon' the story of a father and son

Cesare Bonazza
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 13, 2017 8:30 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- There is no hesitation from Chris Lemmon when talking about his famous father.

"He was funny as hell and so much fun just to be around," he told The Herald-Whig in a phone interview. "I hope to bring that to the show."

Chris Lemmon will present his one-man tribute to his dad, the late Jack Lemmon, aptly titled "A Twist of Lemmon," which will christen the 2017-18 Hannibal Concert Association season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Roland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Jack Lemmon was a two-time Academy Award winner. He died in 2011 at age 76.

Chris Lemmon, 63, whose list of acting credits range from "Knots Landing" to the "Thunder in Paradise" series films, said he enjoyed a wonderful relationship with his dad.

"We were close," Lemmon said. "Oh, we had some bumps along the way, but we were close, and it's because of him I have my own love for (acting)."

Lemmon's one-man performance has evolved over the past four years.

"Doing this show means a great deal to me," he said.

Jack Lemmon won the Academy Award for best actor in 1973's "Save the Tiger" and for best supporting actor in 1955's "Mister Roberts." He also won the best actor award at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival for his role in "Missing."

He starred in more than 60 films, including other major hits such as "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Tuesdays With Morrie," "Grumpy Old Men," "The Odd Couple," "Days of Wine and Roses," "The Apartment" and "The China Syndrome."

Chris Lemmon said his favorite movies involving his dad are "The Great Race" with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood, and "The Apartment" with Shirley MacLaine.

"Dad was a brilliant comedic actor, but he was also a brilliant dramatic actor," Lemmon said.

Lemmon said his show also allows him to explore his love of the stage, which he considers the truest and strongest of an actor.

He feels there are similarities between his career and that of his dad. Along with apassion for stage, screen and television, they shared a similar outlook on life, accented by that wink-of-the-eye kind of wry humor. "We've had a lot of fun along the way," he said. "... and made some money."

Tickets for "A Twist of Lemmon" are $20 at the door. For more information, call Mike Marx at 217-242-2505 or Sara North at 573-221-0822.

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