Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Welcome Back Kotter Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs 1976.jpg
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, c. 1976
Born(1953-09-04) September 4, 1953 (age 60)
New York City, New York
United States
OccupationActor, Singer
Years active1974–present
 
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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Welcome Back Kotter Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs 1976.jpg
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, c. 1976
Born(1953-09-04) September 4, 1953 (age 60)
New York City, New York
United States
OccupationActor, Singer
Years active1974–present

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (born September 4, 1953)[1] is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in a number of films and television programs, including Claudine (1974), Cooley High (1975), Roots (1977), Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), Bangers and Mash (1983), and The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992). He is sometimes credited as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs.[citation needed]

Hilton-Jacobs was born in New York City, New York, United States, the fifth child of nine children to parents Hilton Jacobs (deceased 2000) and Clothilda Jacobs (deceased 2008).[2] He attended Wilkes University for a short time before his acting career took off. He began his acting career in the summer of 1969 and graduated from the High School of Art and Design in 1971. Afterward, he studied acting with the world famous Negro Ensemble Company and the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble. In 1975, he won the part of Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on the ABC hit comedy series, Welcome Back, Kotter. Hilton-Jacobs starred in a few commercials over the years, including an early 1970s commercial for The United Negro College Fund. He also sang on Rick James' 1981 album Street Songs. Later in his career, he appeared in the 1989-1990 science fiction TV series Alien Nation as Sgt. Dobbs, an LAPD detective.

As an homage to him, "the projects" in Eddie Murphy's television program The PJs is the Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs Projects.

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