Jon Jacobs (actor)
|Occupation||Actor, entrepreneur, director, producer, writer|
|Known for||Lucinda's Spell, |
Rocktropia Virtual World,
|Spouse(s)||Cheri London (m. 3 August 2006)|
|Partner(s)||Tina Wiseman |
( - February 20, 2005)
Jon Jacobs (born 10 September 1966 in Derbyshire, England) is an English actor, entrepreneur, director, producer, writer, and creator of the avatar Neverdie from the virtual world Entropia Universe that Reuters described as "a legendary adventurer, celebrity, and fabulously wealthy entrepreneur in the online world of Entropia". The Associated Press described Neverdie as an "Internet icon".
Jon Jacobs grew up in London. His mother Jackie White was Miss United Kingdom in 1962, his father Adrian Jacobs was an infamous 60s financier. Jon was expelled from the Famous British stage school Sylvia Young's in 1981. In 1986 he made his screen debut in the short film Salette. Jon followed up by directing and acting in Metropolis Apocalypse and Moonlight Resurrection 1987, Metropolis Apocalypse was an official selection in the Semaine de' la critique at the Cannes film Festival 1988. Jon's first lead role in a feature was the critically acclaimed "Welcome Says the Angel" co-starring Rutger Hauer's daughter Ayesha, he also Played the lead in Hungarian Film Week Winner "Johnny Famous" and the audacious Festival hit "Lucinda's Spell".
1992 Jon wrote and Directed The Girl With the Hungry Eyes Exec Produced by Cassian Elwes and in 1995 Jon Jacobs Wrote Directed and Starred in the Micro-budget Feature "The Wooden Gun" a Period Black and White Western
In 2002 Jon created the Iconic "Neverdie" avatar inside the Entropia Universe. In 2005 Jon co-directed and starred as DJ Hound Dog in the Electronic Dance Movie "Hey DJ! Film featuring a line up of many of the worlds top international DJ's.
In 2005, Jacobs mortgaged his home to buy a virtual asteroid for US$100,000, being the most valuable virtual item ever sold at that time. The next day, he got an offer to sell the asteroid for US$200,000, but he refused. The asteroid space resort was named Club Neverdie after its owner's avatar name. In 2010 Jon Jacobs sold the Asteroid Space Resort to various other Entropia Universe participants for a total of US$635,000.
Jacobs' avatar subsequently appeared in The Discovery Channel documentaries Gamer Generation and I, Videogame, it also appeared in the Canal+ documentary La Vraie vie des mondes virtuels. ABC News did a video interview with Jacobs entitled A Portrait of the Avatar. The Los Angeles Times described Jacobs avatar as "the world's first cyber-superstar".
Neverdie was included in the 2008 Guinness Book of Records as well as the 2010 Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition for owning "the most expensive virtual item", namely the Asteroid Space Resort called Club Neverdie. The club is also host to the Massive Multiplayer Online World Championships (MMOWC). Neverdie has appeared on 60 Minutes and numerous other international and U.S. national media and publications.
Other than Club Neverdie, Jacobs also possesses other land areas at the Entropia Universe’s Calypso planet, the most notable being Bank, at starting location Port Atlantis, bought for US$90,000.
The estate of his late father Adrian Jacobs attempted to sue J. K. Rowling and Bloomsbury Inc. for plagiarism of Adrian Jacobs's book Willy the Wizard in the Harry Potter series. However, the case was dismissed after security of costs were not paid to the court.
In 2011, NEVERDIE Studios started working with Universal Pictures; the first title to launch was Hunt The Thing, a film length MMO inspired by both John Carpenter's 1982 version of The Thing and the 2011 prequel.
In 2015 NEVERDIE Studios announced the launch of a new virtual King Kong trilogy in collaboration with Universal Licensing and Partnerships, set in the ROCKtropia virtual world and based on the 2005 film King Kong, directed by Peter Jackson. The first title in the trilogy, Zombie King, features the tag line "King Kong is Back! ...From the Dead!"
On 27 March 2016 Jon Jacobs became the "First President of Virtual Reality". He proclaimed himself to be a democratic capitalist and pledged to create a billion jobs in virtual reality.
In April 2016 Jon Jacobs revealed his plan to create three million jobs in virtual reality by 2030 through the privatization of teleportation, the primary public transport system in the MMO Entropia Universe.
In 2019 Jacobs acted in the role of Walt Warshaw in the psychological thriller Lost Angelas. Jacobs won the Outstanding Performance Award at Method Fest Independent Film Festival in Beverly Hills alongside Ethan Hawke who tied for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor winner Edward James Olmos.
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- "'Lucinda's Spell': Wild Time in New Orleans, and It Sure Isn't Mardi Gras". The New York Times. 10 September 1999. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
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- "Jon 'NEVERDIE' Elected President of VR - Promises One Billion Jobs in Virtual Reality - SERIOUS WONDER". SERIOUS WONDER. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "President of Virtual Reality Unveils Plans to Create 3 Million Jobs with the Virtual Public Transport IPO". Vrlife.news. 3 May 2016.
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