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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.

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He also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, which ran for two-and-a-half years, and was one of only three members of the original cast invited to appear in the film version.

His versatility was evident in some of the films he starred in as he played bistro owner, Le Moustache, opposite Shirley MacLaine's "Irma La Douce," and had hilarious fun as a cross-dresser in Woody Allen's "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask."

Jacobi, who now lives in New York City, received the first John Labatt Entertainment Group Canadian Classic Award for his contributions in the film arts.


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