Actor Ernst Jacobi died

He was known for difficult character roles, mainly on television and in the theatre. Now the actor Ernst Jacobi is dead. He died at the age of 88, as his management announced to the German Press Agency on Thursday. 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 the narrator in Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon.

You never saw him in funny roles. “Yes, I’m just found difficult,” he said in an interview with “BR-alpha” around 2008. He doesn’t think he’s complicated at all. In the interview, he explained that he kept playing the difficult characters: «Either the people had a very good eye and thought that I should actually be able to do it, that I would do it; I don’t know how they saw it. Or it was simply an experiment that they said: ‘Well, let’s try that out now.’ And then it went well and so suddenly you had a specialist for such roles (…).»