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10/26/2009

Lou Jacobi in 'Avalon,' celebrating Thanksgiving

October 26, 2009 |  1:04 pm



 

Lou Jacobi was a character actor who made his Broadway debut in 1955 in "The Diary of Anne Frank," reprised his role in the 1959 film version and appeared in many other movies, including Blake Edwards' "Arthur," Woody Allen's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" and Barry Levinson's "Avalon."

Though Jacobi, who died Oct. 23 at age 95, often drew notice for his comedic roles, his turn in "Avalon" was poignant. This scene, from the movie, based in Baltimore and seemingly filmed in sepia tone, is of a Thanksgiving feast before the immigrant family begins unraveling.

Fans of the 1990 film will recall a later scene when Jacobi's character, Gabriel Krichinsky, utters the crucial line, "You cut the turkey!"

-- Claire Noland

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