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Lou Jacobi


B: December 28, 1913 in Toronto, Ontario
D: October 23, 2009 in New York, New York

Lou Jacobi grew up on Brunswick Avenue in Toronto and started his acting career in local Jewish theatre when he was only 12-years-old playing a violin prodigy in The Rabbi and the Priest. Jacobi did, in fact, play the violin, then and for most of his life. He also worked as a stand-up comic in Muskoka in the late 1940s before being cast to appear in the musical-comedy revue, Spring Thaw. In the early 1950s he tried his luck in England appearing in the stage productions of American musicals like Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey. He was part of a Royal command performance at the London Palladium in 1952. It was in England that he made his film debut with Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary? (1953), a British comedy that starred England’s blond sex symbol, Diana Dors. Jacobi eventually found his way to New York and Broadway. He made his debut in 1955 in The Diary of Anne Frank, playing a less-than-noble occupant of the Amsterdam attic where the Franks were hiding. It ran for two-and-a-half years and Jacobi went on to be one of only three cast members to also appear in the 1959 film version. He won parts in Come Blow Your Horn from the then up-and-coming playwright Neil Simon, and in Woody Allen`s Don’t Drink the Water. He was in a total of only 10 Broadway productions including The Sunshine Boys (1974) and Cheaters in 1978. From his career on film he was usually remembered for playing the philosophical bartender in Irma la Douce (1963), or the young hero’s unsophisticated uncle in My Favorite Year (1982).

Features & TV Movies:
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Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary (1952)
A Kid For Two Farthings (1955)
Charley Moon (1956)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Song Without End (1960)
Irma La Douce (1962)

Little Murders (1971)
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask (1972)
The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV-1972)
Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV-1973)
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
Roseland (1977)
The Magician of Lublin (1979)
Better Late Than Never (TV-1979)

Off Your Rocker (TV-1980)
The Lucky Star (1981)
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981)
Arthur (1981)
My Favorite Year (1982)
Issac Littlefeathers (1984)
The Boss’ Wife (1986)
Amazon Women of the Moon (1987)
If it’s Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium (TV-1987)

Avalon (1990)
I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore (1992)
I.Q. (1994)

TV Series – Cast:
Somerset (1970)
The Dean Martin Show (1971-1973)
Ivan the Terrible (1976)

Melba (1986)