Sunday, October 25, 2009

A World Without Lou Jacobi?!? (1913 - 2009)

Another obit.

Actor Lou Jacobi has left this world, at age 95.

That's a good long run.

- Follow link to his obituary from The New York Times.

Five decades spent in showbiz.
Numerous appearances on stage, screen, TV - - and I'll wager that there is not one production among them that was not greatly improved by his presence.

Even just the sound of his distinctive voice - - I have fond memories of hearing him in the ensemble cast of some of Booker & Foster's silly comedy albums, like 'When You're In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish', or in the role of band leader Al Tijuana. ▶

- Click over to the 'Tijuana Brass Sound' box set post at WFMU's Beware of The Blog and you'll find numerous Al Tijuana cuts sprinkled throughout the available mp3s.

(At the very least, take a listen to the adaptation of
'Peter Gunn'.)

So:
A World Without Lou Jacobi In It?

Impossible to contemplate.

No thank you, I reject the notion.

His listing at IMDb tells me that it has been fifteen years since Lou Jacobi's last film credit, but I've enjoyed watching him on several occasions during that time.

I also see in that long list at IMDb that there are still many of his performances waiting for me in films I've not yet seen.

Thank you for everything Mr. Jacobi, I look forward to seeing you again soon.

- A YouTube clip embedded below: ▼

From 1971, a juicy Jacobi scene from Jules Feiffer's 'Little Murders', directed by Alan Arkin.

Jacobi plays the judge, reacting to news from engaged couple Marcia Rodd & Elliott Gould that they plan to omit God from their wedding vows...

9 comments:

normadesmond said...

on some blog, i remember not, i posted a comment about lou just a few weeks ago. someone wrote about "My Favorite Year" & i just had to mention one of my favorite lines. when alan swann, the movie star is brought to his apt. bldg. lou misunderstands what he hears & asks, "is jolson coming?" i'm not getting it quite right, but you know what i mean.

fabulous line, delivered to perfection.

Anonymous said...

Another classic timeless comedy record, "You dont have to be Jewish"
Well worth seeking out. Lou Jacobi. RIP.

Anonymous said...

I have very fond memories, in particular, of Lou Jacobi's bits in two films: as Uncle Morty in MY FAVORITE YEAR ("Did you go ALL THE WAY!?") and Gabriel Krichinsky in Barry Levinson's AVALON ("Why didja cut the TURKEY?"). As you say, he will be missed.

--
Bruce T.

Tom said...

Let's not forget "Amazon Women on the Moon"!!!!

bobb said...

I met Lou Jacobi many years ago. My parents ran into him at the train station in Baltimore when he was in town for the filming of "Avalon". Lou and his wife had Rosh Hashana dinner with my family, and we all had a great time.

Will Finn said...

One of the most awesome comic talents of all time. This clip is sublime, from just about my all time favorite movie.

He used to appear on a regular skit from the Dean Martin Show, where he played a romantic interest for Kaye Medford, who played Martin's bandleader's mother.

Very sad to see him go. Thanks for this tribute.

Preston said...

Great clip. He was some kinda actor, wasn't he?

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

So glad that I discovered your blog thanks to Rich Bachelor in Portland.

Lou Jacobi! Oh, yes. I also loved his surreal 1976 situation comedy "Ivan the Terrible", set in a public housing project in Moscow and featuring Despo Diamantidou in the cast. Is was sort of a Soviet "Good Times".

retroroyale said...

I had the pleasure of working with Lou Jacobi on Amazon Women On The Moon. I was part of the effects crew that put him "into the TV".
He was a professional in every sense of the word, and a warm and marvelous person.