"tin drum", "Sam’s", "crime scene": Actor Ernst Jacobi died

“Tin Drum”, “Sams”, “Crime Scene”
Actor Ernst Jacobi died

Ernst Jacobi began his acting career on stage, including at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Later he can also be seen and heard in film and television. The native of Berlin has now died at the age of 88.

The actor Ernst Jacobi is dead. He died at the age of 88, according to his management. He fell asleep peacefully. Jacobi, who was born in Berlin and lived in Munich, played, among other things, the role of Gauleiter Löbsack in Volker Schlöndorff’s Grass adaptation “The Tin Drum”. He was also heard as the German voice of the crazy inventor Doc Brown in “Back to the Future” and as the voice of Disney’s Peter Pan.

Jacobi began his career in theater in the 1950s. After graduating from high school, he completed his acting training in Berlin, and later also took classes in Paris. From Berlin he was drawn to the Burgtheater in Vienna and the Schauspielhaus in Zurich.

Jacobi also appeared in films. In “Sams in Danger” in 2003 he played the school director Herr Waatermann alongside Ulrich Noethen and Christine Ursprechen. In 2009, Jacobi was heard as the narrator in “The White Ribbon – A German Children’s Story” by Michael Haneke.

He was also seen on television for decades: he embodied well over 200 TV roles, including in “Tatort”. A few years ago he appeared in smaller roles, for example in “Rote Rosen”. He played his last role in 2017 in “Polizeiruf 110”, since then he has lived in seclusion.

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