With his sparkling eyes, portly stomach, and the innocent face of a friendly fella, Lou Jacobi says he has the look of everyone's genial Uncle Max. Lou's resume reads as the consummate character actor, usually excelling and enjoying the role of an ethnic, urban American.
Toronto-born Jacobi made his debut in theatre at the age of 12 in a play called The Rabbi. He worked as a stand-up comic in Muskoka in the late 1940's before being cast by long-time friend Don Harron in the musical-comedy revue Spring Thaw.
Jacobi left Toronto for England in the early 1950's and eventually found his way to Broadway, where he won parts in up-and-coming playwright Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn, and Woody Allen's Don't Drink the Water.