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Shane Jacobson

Shane Jacobson
Jacobson in 2013
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Shane Jacobson is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known for his performance as the eponymous character Kenny Smyth in the 2006 film Kenny. In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance.[1]


Jacobson began his career on the stage at the age of 10 with amateur theatre, and also performed in the Melbourne Gang Show. At age 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 2007, Jacobson filmed two Australian feature films Cactus, Directed by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan which was released in cinemas May and Newcastle, directed by Dan Castle which was released later in 2008.

In April 2008, he began his role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the major stage production Guys and Dolls. For this role, he won a 2008 Helpmann Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Musical".

On 24 April 2009, Jacobson guest co-hosted Australian television program The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies, while the program's regular male co-host Larry Emdur was on holidays.

In 2009, Jacobson co-starred with Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots, an Australian film in which Jacobson plays Boots who takes his father, Charlie (played by Paul 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.

Jacobson was co-host of the short lived car show Top Gear Australia with Steve Pizzati and Ewen Page. Running for only two seasons with the aforementioned hosts airing from 28 September 2010 on Nine Network to 13 September 2011.[2]

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.[3] It aired on Sunday 22 April 2012.

In 2013, Jacobson co-hosted the The Great Australian Bake Off an Australian reality television baking competition.[4]

Jacobson also starred in the 2013 ABC drama The Time of Our Lives.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kenny Kenny Smyth Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2008 Cactus Thommo
Newcastle Reggie
2009 Charlie & Boots Boots
2012 The Bourne Legacy Factory owner
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
2014 Jack Irish: Dead Point Barry Tregear TV film
Year Film Role Notes
2008 Kenny's World Kenny Smyth Lead role 2008 Guys And Dolls Nicely Nicely Johnson Supporting role
2010-2011 Top Gear Australia Himself Co-host
2013–present 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)
2014 ManSpace Himself Co-host


Jacobson has won several awards:


  1. ^ Hilton, Samuel (12 December 2006). "2006 Australian Film Institute Awards". Ion Cinema. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
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  3. ^ Devlyn, Darren (24 June 2011). "Stars prepare to be buried alive in the mini-series Beaconsfield".  
  4. ^

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