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Lou Jacobi

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Lou Jacobi born Louis Harold Jacobovitch, December 28, 1913 – October 23, 2009 was a Canadian character actor


  • 1 Life and early career
  • 2 Screen career
  • 3 Personal life/death
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links

Life and early career

Jacobi was born Louis Harold Jacobovitch in Toronto, Ontario, to Joseph and Fay Jacobivitch His family was Jewish

Jacobi began acting as a boy, making his stage debut in 1924 at a Toronto theater, playing a violin prodigy in The Rabbi and the Priest After working as the drama director of the Toronto YMHA, the social director at a summer resort, a stand-up comic in Canada’s equivalent of the Borscht Belt, and the entertainment at various weddings and bachelor parties, Jacobi moved to London to work on the stage, appearing in Guys and Dolls and Pal Joey Jacobi made his Broadway debut in 1955 in The Diary of Anne Frank playing Hans van Daan, the less-than-noble occupant of the Amsterdam attic where the Franks were hiding, and reprised the role in the 1959 film version Other Broadway performances included Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man 1959, Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water 1966, and Neil Simon’s debut play Come Blow Your Horn 1961, in which he portrayed the playboy protagonist’s disappointed father His reading of the film line "Aha!" stuck with the Times columnist William Safire so vividly that he cited it when writing about the meaning of the word 36 years later

Lou Jacobi's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Screen career

Jacobi also made two dozen feature films His film debut was in the 1953 British comedy, Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary with the country’s blond sex symbol of the day, Diana Dors Other notable films in which he appeared include, Irma La Douce, Penelope, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask 1972 as 'Sam Musgrave' a middle-aged married man, experimenting with women's clothes, Arthur 1981 as lucky florist in the comedy, My Favorite Year 1982 as the young hero’s unsophisticated uncle, and in Amazon Women on the Moon 1987, as a man named 'Murray', zapped into the television, wandering throughout sketches looking for his wife In Barry Levinson’s Avalon 1990, in a semi-dramatic role, as one of four Russian brothers elders trying to build a future in Baltimore in the early 20th century, with the memorable comic relief catchprase, 'You cut the 'toikey without me'! after he would notoriously arrive late to family Thanksgiving dinner, every year His final film role was IQ 1994, playing philosopher/mathematician Kurt Gödel

He guest-starred on such television shows as Playhouse 90, Tales From The Darkside, Love, American Style, That Girl and The Man From UNCLE, and was a regular on The Dean Martin Show In the summer of 1976, Jacobi was the star of a CBS comedy series Ivan the Terrible, in which he played a Russian headwaiter living with nine other people in a small Moscow apartment Comics Christopher Hewett, Phil Leeds, Alan Cauldwell and, in her TV series debut, Nana Visitor here billed under her birth name, Nana Tucker Harvey Korman appeared as a Soviet bureaucrat in an uncredited cameo at the close of each episode The executive producer of the short-lived series was noted comic Alan King The comedy series only lasted 5 episodes

Mr Jacobi made successful comedy LP recordings with titles like “Al Tijuana and His Jewish Brass” and “The Yiddish Are Coming! The Yiddish Are Coming!”

In 1999, Jacobi, who was 85 at the time, was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame On the occasion of the dedication, film critic Roger Ebert interviewed Jacobi, later writing, “I look at Lou, and I’m not afraid to be 85, if I can get there in Lou’s style”

Personal life/death

Jacobi was married to Ruth Ludwin from 1957 until her death in 2004 Lou Jacobi died Friday, October 23, 2009, of natural causes, at his home in Manhattan He was 95 He was survived by his brother, Avrom Jacobovitch, and sister, Rae Jacobovitch, both of Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  1. ^ Gates, Anita 2009-10-25, "Lou Jacobi, Critically Acclaimed Actor of Film and Stage, Dies at 95", New York Times, retrieved 2009-10-26 
  2. ^ a b Lou Jacobi on IMDb
  3. ^ "Toronto-born actor-comedian Lou Jacobi dead at 95", CTV, retrieved 2009-10-26 

Further reading

  • Oderman, Stuart, Talking to the Piano Player 2 BearManor Media, 2009; ISBN 1-59393-320-7

External links

  • Biography portal
  • Lou Jacobi on IMDb
  • Lou Jacobi at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Gates, Anita "Lou Jacobi, Critically Acclaimed Actor of Film and Stage, Dies at 95", The New York Times, October 25, 2009

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