November 19, 2009

Character Actor Lou Jacobi Dies

Veteran performer was 95.

Lou Jacobi, an actor known for numerous supporting roles in plays, films and television series, died on October 23, 2009, at his home in New York City. He was 95.

Jacobi was known for both comic roles and dramatic roles in theater, films and television.

He was born Louis Harold Jacobovitch in 1913 in Toronto and began acting as a boy.

He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in The Diary of Anne Frank, as Hans Van Daan, one of the occupants of the Amsterdam attic where Annd Frank and her family were hiding. He reprised the role in the 1959 film version.

His other Broadway plays include Paddy Chayefsky’s Tenth Man in 1959 and Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn in 1961.

Jacobi’s film resume included Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972), Blake Edwards’ Arthur and Barry Levinson’s Avalon (1980).

His many television appearances included episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and That Girl, Cagney & Lacey, St. Elsewhere and L.A. Law. In the early 1970s, he was a regular on The Dean Martin Show.

Jacobi married Ruth Ludwin in 1957. She died in 2004.

He is survived by a brother and a sister.

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