Saturday, October 24, 2009

Lou Jacobi, 1913-2009. R.I.P.

Actor Lou Jacobi has died. He was 95.

He was one of those character actors whose face one instantly recognized even if you didn't know his name.

Born in Toronto, Jacobi began as a stage actor making his debut on Broadway playing Mr. Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank. He would reprise this role in the movie with Shelley Winters playing Mrs. Van Daan. Jacobi would make appearances on various TV shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show, Barney Miller, The Courtship of Eddie's Father and Sanford & Son. Speaking of Red Foxx, Jacobi and Foxx had a scene together in Ossie Davis' Cotton Comes to Harlem (which I happened to watch on TV tonight.)

Jacobi also appeared in movies such as Avalon, I.Q. and Amazon Women on the Moon. But the role he might be best remembered for was in Woody Allen's Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) in which he played a cross dressing middle aged husband. It might not be to everyone's taste but at least he didn't have any scenes with a sheep.

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