Lou Jacobi

Actor, Comedian, Theater director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1913 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (39)

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Kurt Godel (Actor)

I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore 1992 (Movie)

Gramps (Actor)

Deep Dish TV 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

Gabriel Krichinsky (Actor)

The Old Reliable 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Isaac Littlefeathers 1987 (Movie)

Abe Kapp (Actor)

The Day the Kids Took Over 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arena 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boss' Wife 1986 (Movie)

Harry Taphorn (Actor)

Joanna 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lucky Star 1984 (Movie)

Elia Goldberg (Actor)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

Uncle Morty (Actor)

Arthur 1981 (Movie)

Plant Store Owner (Actor)

Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 (Movie)

Landlord (Actor)

Saint Peter 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Better Late Than Never 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician of Lublin 1978 (Movie)

Wolsky (Actor)

Roseland 1977 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

Ivan the Terrible 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

Rear Guard 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Show 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed Sullivan's Broadway 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Allan 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Murders 1971 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Goodman (Actor)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

Ducky (Actor)

The Last of the Secret Agents 1965 (Movie)

Papa Leo (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Moustache (Actor)

Song Without End 1960 (Movie)

Patin (Actor)

The Diary of Anne Frank 1958 (Movie)

Mr Van Daan (Actor)

A Kid For Two Farthings 1955 (Movie)

Blackie Isaacs (Actor)

Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Show)

Actor

Melba (TV Show)

Actor

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

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).

Relationships

Joseph Jacobi

Father

Fay Jacobi

Mother

Ruth Jacobi

Wife
married on July 15, 1957

EDUCATION

Jarvis Collegiate School

Toronto , Ontario

Milestones

1990

Appeared on the Showtime comedy spoof, "Deep Dish TV"

1986

Played the leading role of the Mayor on the ABC Afterschool Special, "The Day the Kids Took Over"

1986

Played the role of Jack on the short-lived TV sitcom, "Melba", starring Melba Moore

1976

Played the title role of Ivan the headwaiter at the Hotel Metropole in Moscow on the summer sitcom, "Ivan the Terrible"

1959

Made US film debut when he recreated the role of Mr. Van Daan for George Stevens' film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1956

British film debut, "A Kid For Two Farthings"

1955

Discovery by Garson Kanin led to first Broadway role in "The Diary of Anne Frank"

1951

Performed in clubs and on stage in England

1940

Worked as drama director of the Toronto YMHA

1924

Early theatrical appearance, in "The Rabbi and the Priest"

Appeared on American TV in such early dramatic anthology series as "Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Presents the Rheingold Theater" in the mid-1950s

Was a regular on "The Dean Martin Show" for two seasons

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