Matthew Jacobs

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Matthew Jacobs
Born (1956-07-01) 1 July 1956 (age 58)
Occupation writer, director, producer, actor

Matthew Jacobs (born July 1, 1956) is a British writer, director, producer and actor. He is known best for his extensive career writing for television shows like Doctor Who and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. He also directed two prize-winning TV movies for BBC films Hallelujah Anyhow (1992) and Mothertime (1998). As an actor, he stars alongside Danny Huston in Boxing Day, Bernard Rose's forthcoming adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novella Master and Man.

Life and career[edit]

Jacobs worked as one of the many writers for George Lucas's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His episodes included "Passion for Life," "The Perils of Cupid," "Travels with Father," "Spring Break Adventure," "Attack of the Hawkmen" and "Hollywood Follies."

Jacobs is perhaps best remembered for writing and co-producing the 1996 Doctor Who television movie which featured Paul McGann as the Doctor and Eric Roberts as the Master. Jacobs was responsible for writing the first televised Doctor Who story to be broadcast as a show in its own right, rather than as part of a charity telethon, since Survival (1989).

Jacobs has also written several screen plays. His film credits include Lassie, The Emperor's New Groove and the cult classic Paperhouse. Aside from his work in television and film, Jacobs has worked on other projects in the entertainment industry. He has written for the video games Outlaws and Star Wars: Starfighter.

Jacobs' father, the actor Anthony Jacobs, had appeared in the Doctor Who serial The Gunfighters in 1966, and took his son to visit the set one day during production.

Jacobs's father was Jewish; Jacobs practices no religion.[1]

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