Chris Lemmon


Christopher Boyd "Chris" Lemmon is an American actor and author.  He was born in Los Angeles, California, to actress Cynthia Stone and actor Jack Lemmon.  With a talent for music, he was encouraged by his father to study piano.  Lemmon considered playing piano professionally after graduating from the California Institute of the Arts with degrees in classical piano and composition, and in theater. 

Lemmon has appeared in numerous stage productions, including the West-coast tour of Barefoot in the Park, directed by Jerry Paris, the original West coast production of Shay by Anne Commire, and A. R. Gurney's Love Letters with Stephanie Zimbalist.  He is perhaps best known for his roles as Richard Phillips in the two situation comedies, Duet (1987) and Open House (1989), and as Martin "Bru" Brubaker in the TV series Thunder in Paradise, also featuring Hulk Hogan.  Lemmon has also starred in over twenty-five feature films, including “Just The Ticket”, “Lena 's Holiday” and “That's Life”.  He appeared in, and “Dad” (1989).  Lemmon is also a screenwriter and producer.

In 2006, Algonquin Books published Lemmon's tribute to his father, entitled A Twist of Lemmon, which was re-released in 2008 as a paperback by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.  A Twist of Lemmon is a heartfelt tribute to his iconic father Jack Lemmon.  When Jack Lemmon died in 2001, the world lost a two-time Oscar winner and perhaps the most beloved actor of his generation; but Chris Lemmon lost a father and a best friend.  After Lemmon's parents divorced in 1956, he knew his famous father mainly through "play visits" and, later, yearly Alaskan fishing trips.  But as he became an adult, his relationship with his father deepened, connecting them in unforeseen ways.  In A Twist of Lemmon, Lemmon shares family tales, intimate father-son conversations, and anecdotes from and about his dad. 

Lemmon currently resides in New England where he writes and produces feature films and television.  He is presently in pre-production for his film “Publicity Stunt”, which he wrote and produced, and in which he will star—“Publicity Stunt” will be helmed by Big Fat Greek Wedding director, Joel Zwick.

 

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