He played Laertes in the opening performance of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in the inaugural National Theatre Production at Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Peter O'Toole, Michael Redgrave, Diana Wynyard, Rosemary Harris, Robert Stephens, Max Adrian, Anthony Nicholls, Robert Lang, John Stride, Colin Blakely, Frank ...
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Sir Derek Jacobi
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Alfred George Jacobi
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I've now been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. We just went to the registry office, signed a bit of paper and it was all over. We didn't have a bit party, but we had twenty-five friends to lunch. It was very quiet though, all over in a morning. - On his civil partnership ceremony
In 1963, when Jacobi auditioned for Britain's just-forming National Theatre, Olivier hired him as an understudy and spear-carrier. Luckily for Jacobi, the actor he was understudying. Jeremy Brett
got the call to Hollywood, and Jacobi inherited all his parts.