Jacobson in 2013
Shane Jacobson (born 1970) is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known as the "Dunny Man" for his performances as the eponymous character Kenny Smyth, a plumber working for a portable toilet rental company, in the 2006 film Kenny and the spin-off TV series, Kenny's World. In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance.
Shane Jacobson began his career on the stage at the age of 10 with amateur theatre and the Melbourne Gang Show. At 18, he began his comedy career with regular theatre restaurant, musical theatre, stand-up and MC gigs. He was also hired to play to corporate functions, impersonating business icons and luminaries.
In 1999, Jacobson received a regular segment on Melbourne's Gold FM radio station, called The 60 Minute Challenge. He also created the character voice of Sergio the Hairdresser, who featured regularly on Gold FM’s Breakfast Show. Jacobson’s focus eventually moved towards the camera and he began acting in music videos, short films and television commercials whilst continuing to perform audience warm-ups for major TV networks.
In 2006, Jacobson starred in the Australian mockumentary film Kenny as Kenny Smyth, a Melbourne plumber who works for plumbing company Splashdown. The film was a critical and financial success, and is considered to be Jacobson's break-out role. In 2008, he reprised the role for Channel Ten's short-lived TV series Kenny's World.
In 2009, Jacobson co-starred with Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots, an Australian film in which Boots (Jacobson) takes his father, Charlie (Hogan) on a road trip to fish on the northernmost tip of Australia because of something his father told him they would do one day, when he was a kid. It had the best opening weekend for any Australian film in 2009 when it was released on Father's day. The film was shot on location and features many small towns in country Australia.
In June 2011, the Herald Sun revealed that Jacobson would be starring in the TV mini series Beaconsfield, the story of the Beaconsfield Mine collapse, playing the role of Brant Webb. It aired on Sunday 22 April 2012.
Jacobson also starred as Luce Tivolli in the 2013 ABC drama The Time of Our Lives, which ran for two seasons (2013/2014).
During his youth, Jacobson was a Scout with 1st Keilor, 15th Essendon and Snowy Morcom Rover Crew. Jacobson credits Scouting shows, including Melbourne Gang Show and Bayside Showtime as first piquing his interest in the performing arts.
After two decades, Jacobson returned to Scouting in 2015, in a ceremonial position, as Scouts Australia's Chief Scout of Victoria. The position of Chief Scout of Victoria had been held previously by Governors of Victoria. The position was offered to Jacobson as a high-profile former Scout with the star power to promote Scouting to Victorian and wider audiences.
|2006||Kenny||Kenny Smyth||Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|2009||Charlie & Boots||Boots|
|2012||The Bourne Legacy||Factory manager|
|Beaconsfield||Brant Webb||TV film|
|Jack Irish: Bad Debts||Barry Tregear||TV film|
|Jack Irish: Black Tide||Barry Tregear||TV film|
|The Mystery of a Hansom Cab||Detective Samuel Gorby||TV film|
|2014||Jack Irish: Dead Point||Barry Tregear||TV film|
|The Dressmaker||Alvin Pratt|
|2008||Kenny's World||Kenny Smyth||Lead role|
|2010-2011||Top Gear Australia||Himself||Co-host|
|2013–2014||The Time of Our Lives||Luce Tivolli||Main cast (21 episodes)|
|2013||It's A Date||Hugo||Guest role (Episode: "Should You Date on the Rebound?")|
|2014||Fat Tony & Co.||Detective Inspector Jim "Big Kahuna" O'Brien||Main cast (9 episodes)|
|2015||Open Slather||Various roles||Main cast|
Jacobson has won several awards:
- 2006 Australian Film Institute award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kenny
- 2006 Film Critics Circle of Australia awards for Best Actor in a Lead Role and Best Screenplay for Kenny
- 2006 Inside Film Award for both Best Feature Film and Best Script (shared with Clayton Jacobson)
- 2007 Film Ink Magazine Awards for Best New Comer
- 2007 Australian Star of the Year Award at the Australian International Movie Convention.
- 2008 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, for his role as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the stage production Guys and Dolls.
- Hilton, Samuel (12 December 2006). "2006 Australian Film Institute Awards". Ion Cinema. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Devlyn, Darren (24 June 2011). "Stars prepare to be buried alive in the mini-series Beaconsfield". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- "Famous Scouts:Shane Jacobson". Scouts Australia.
- Doyle, Robert. "Tweet by Lord Mayor of Melbourne".