Lou Jacobi, the veteran character actor who first appeared on TV in 1953 and last appeared on a television show in 1992, has died at 95 at his home in Manhattan, the Associated Press reports.
Among dozens of TV roles over five decades, Jacobi was a regular on Dean Martin’s show for a few seasons. Jacobi, a Canadian, was also seen in scores of movies and a number of Broadway shows.
Before his acting success, Jacobi was a comic playing the Canadian Borscht Belt, Roger Ebert once wrote in a profile of Jacobi. And there was nothing Jacobi liked better than a corny joke, Ebert said, recounting a joke Jacobi told him:
" ‘These two newlyweds are driving down to Fort Lauderdale on their honeymoon,’ Lou Jacobi is telling me. ‘The guy puts his hand on his wife’s leg. `Why don’t you go farther?’ she asks him. So he goes to Miami.’ "