Hefty, balding character actor, sometimes mustachioed, whose explosive manner has been instantly recognizable on many years of TV comedy. Typically cast in ethnic roles as Jews, Italians, or Russians,...
The Canadian star - real name Louis Harold Jacobovitch - passed away in his home in Manhattan, New York on Friday (23Oct09), reports the Associated Press.
Jacobi made his debut on Broadway in 1955 with a role in The Diary of Anne Frank before starring in nine other Broadway plays, including 1959's Tenth Man and Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn in 1961.
He also starred in a number of movies, including Arthur with Dudley Moore, Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex * (*But Were Afraid To Ask), and I.Q. alongside Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins.
Jacobi is survived by his brother, Rabbi Avrom Jacobovitch, as well as sister Rae Gold.
Played the leading role of the Mayor on the ABC Afterschool Special, "The Day the Kids Took Over"
British film debut, "A Kid For Two Farthings"
Worked as drama director of the Toronto YMHA
Discovery by Garson Kanin led to first Broadway role in "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Played the role of Jack on the short-lived TV sitcom, "Melba", starring Melba Moore
Was a regular on "The Dean Martin Show" for two seasons
Performed in clubs and on stage in England
Appeared on the Showtime comedy spoof, "Deep Dish TV"
Appeared on American TV in such early dramatic anthology series as "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents the Rheingold Theater" in the mid-1950s
Made US film debut when he recreated the role of Mr. Van Daan for George Stevens' film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Early theatrical appearance, in "The Rabbi and the Priest"
Played the title role of Ivan the headwaiter at the Hotel Metropole in Moscow on the summer sitcom, "Ivan the Terrible"
Hefty, balding character actor, sometimes mustachioed, whose explosive manner has been instantly recognizable on many years of TV comedy. Typically cast in ethnic roles as Jews, Italians, or Russians, Jacobi has also kept busy in TV commercials, most notably his Clio Award-winning work in a series of Hertz advertisements. He has also had a very active theater career, with roles in such plays as "Spring Thaw" (1949), "Come Blow Your Horn" (1961), "Don't Drink the Water" (1966), "The Sunshine Boys" (1974) and "Cheaters" (1978). Although his most memorable early film role was as Mr. Van Daan, opposite Shelley Winters as one of the attic-confined Dutch Jews in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959), Jacobi has most often played alternately overbearing or put-upon men in such comedies as "Arthur" (1981) and "My Favorite Year" (1982), and such family sagas as "Avalon" (1990).