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Great performances: Jack Lemmon

Great performances: Jack Lemmon -- We think he deserves an Oscar nod for his role in ''Glengarry Glenn Ross''

Jack Lemmon copped an Oscar upstaging Henry Fonda in 1955’s Mister Roberts and has been strutting his rubbery, jittery stuff to great acclaim ever since. But his dead-ended salesman in Glengarry Glen Ross, Shelley ”the Machine” Levene, is a capstone role — a universe of humiliation packed into a cheap, shrunken suit, a rattling Gatling gun for David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning sleazebag dialogue. ”The er’s, ah’s, um’s — every single one is written, and by God, there’s a reason,” Lemmon says. His hopeless profile lit blue against a red wall is an American icon tougher and truer than any Arthur Miller ever made. Attention must be paid to this man! Or at least a career-crowning Oscar.