Ernest Jacobi


July 5, 2022

Ernst Jacobi (July 11, 1933 in Berlin – June 23, 2022 in Munich) was a German theater and film actor as well as a radio play and dubbing actor.

Life and work

Jacobi discovered his passion for acting early on and began his artistic career in radio, where he received speaking roles at the RIAS in Berlin-Schoeneberg at the age of 14. After graduating from high school, he completed a three-year acting course at the Max Reinhardt School for Drama in Berlin from 1951 and then studied with Jacques Lecoq at the Stage d'éte sur le mime in Paris and London. During his acting training, Jacobi received his first stage engagement at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin and made his debut in Shakespeare's The Merry Weiber of Windsor, directed by Rudolf Noelte. Other theater stations included the Theater am Kurfürstendamm, the Tribüne and the Schiller Theater in Berlin, as well as Hamburg (Deutsches Schauspielhaus) and Munich (Kammerspiele). In 1977 he accepted a call to the Burgtheater in Vienna, where he remained until 1984. From 1987, the Zurich Schauspielhaus became his artistic home for five years. Jacobi started his television career in the early 1950s with the start of the first test programs and played leading and supporting roles in plays such as The Happy Days (1953). Ernst Jacobi came to film at the end of the 1950s and initially appeared in smaller roles in films such as Hans Quest's musical comedy The Great Chance (1957) and Gerd Oswald's crime novel On the day when the rain came (1959). In Volker Schlöndorff's Grass adaptation The Tin Drum (1979) he played the role of Gauleiter Löbsack alongside David Bennent, Mario Adorf and Berta Drews. In the 1960s, Jacobi concentrated more on his television work and took part in literary adaptations, including Rolf Hädrich's East-West story Obituary for Jürgen Trahnke (1962) and in films such as Farmers, Bigwigs and Bombs (1973) and Heinar Kipphardt's life of the schizophrenic poet Alexander March, in which he took on the title role in 1975. In the same year, Ernst Jacobi was honored with the “Prix Italia” for his achievements. In 1976 he received the Berlin Art Prize from the Berlin Academy of Arts for his interpretation of Alexander March. In 1983, Jacobi played Jakob Fugger in the TV series Vom Loom zur Weltmacht, which tells the story of the Augsburg trading dynasty. From March to November 2011 he embodied the role of Konstantin von Walden in the ARD telenovela Rote Rosen. Jacobi could be heard in various audio book and radio play productions, e.g. B. Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, Donna W. Cross' The Pope Joan and as Mr. Sellars in Otherland after Tad Williams. Jacobi was also active as a voice actor, so he gave z. B. Michael Moriarty as Sturmbannfuhrer Erik Dorf in the TV series Holocaust - The History of the Weiss Family his voice. He can also be heard in some German versions of Disney films, such as the title character in Peter Pan (1953). He also voiced Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in Back to the Future. Jacobi was heard in the film The White Band - A German Children's Story (2009) as a narrator. Jacobi died in Vienna in June 2022 at the age of 88.

Filmography (selection)

radio plays (selection)

1959: Thierry: Pension Spreewitz (A young poet and a lady with a hula hoop, episode 33, first broadcast March 7, 1959) – Director: Ivo Veit (RIAS Berlin) 1962: Richard Hughes: Danger – Director: Fritz Schröder-Jahn (Original radio play – NDR) 1969: Anne Dorn: Lauter Luder – Director: Hartmut Kirste (radio play – SWF) 1975: Walter Adler: Centropolis – Directed by: Walter Adler (Sci-Fi Radio Play – SWF) 1976: Jean Chatenet: Die Wolfin – directed by Raoul Wolfgang Schnell (Crime Radio Play – SDR) 1977: Rolf Schneider: