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 63)
New York City, New York
United States
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1974–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 shows, including Claudine (1974), Cooley High (1975), Roots (1977), Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–79), Bangers and Mash (1983), and The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992).

Life and career[edit]

Hilton-Jacobs was born in New York City, New York, United States, the fifth of nine children of 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 role 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. Later in his career, he appeared in the 1989-1990 science fiction TV series Alien Nation as Sgt. Dobbs, an LAPD detective.[3] He will portray Panda Thomas in Rob Zombie's slasher film 31.[4]

Hilton-Jacobs sang on Rick James' 1981 album Street Songs.

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

He has two daughters.[5]


Film credits[edit]

  • Claudine (1974) – Charles
  • Death Wish (1974) – uncredited appearance as a mugger near the end of the film
  • Cooley High (1975) – Cochise
  • Youngblood (1978) – Rommel
  • The Annihilators (1985) – Floyd
  • Paramedics (1988) – Blade Runner
  • L.A. Heat (1989) – Det. Jon Chance
  • Angels of the City (1989, DTV) – Det. Jon Chance
  • L.A. Vice (1989) – Det. Jon Chance
  • Chance (1989) – Det. Jon Chance
  • Quietfire (1991, DTV) – Jesse Palmer
  • Indecent Behavior (1993) – Lou Parsons
  • Southlander (2001) – Motherchild
  • Sublime (2007) – Mandingo
  • 30 Miles (2004) – Anthony
  • Tamales and Gumbo (2008) – Mr. Walker
  • Otis (2008) – Orderly
  • Nocturnal Agony (2009) – Theodore
  • 31 (2016) — Panda Thomas/#1

Television credits[edit]

Stage credits[edit]

Screenwriting credits[edit]

Music credits[edit]

  • Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs S/T (1978)
  • All the Way...Love (1979)
  • Let Me Do It (1981) (producer); performed by Halo; sought-after record among collectors.


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