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Scott Jacoby
Born (1956-11-26) November 26, 1956 (age 67)
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1968–1991
Lyn Jacoby
(m. 1985)

Scott Bennett "Scotty" Jacoby (born November 26, 1956) is an American former actor. He appeared in the 1972 television film That Certain Summer,[1] for which he won an Emmy Award.[2] He is also known for playing the lead role in the made-for-TV film Bad Ronald (1974).[3] He is also known for his recurring role as Dorothy's son, Michael Zbornak, in a few episodes of the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls.

Early life

Jacoby was born in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois, and his family moved to Queens in New York City when he was ten years old. At the age of eleven, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Ally in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow, which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, for the category Best Featured Actor in a Musical at the 22nd Tony Awards, held on April 21, 1968.


By the early 1970s, an editorial questioned whether Jacoby was "a new Mickey Rooney".[4] He began his television career playing the role of "Hubcap", who was a friend of Josh Hall (Laurence Fishburne) on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. He also had a recurring role on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls as Michael Zbornak, the musician son of Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur). In 2001, Jacoby co-directed Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style.[5]

Personal life

Jacoby is the eldest of five acting siblings, including half-brothers Billy Jacoby (now Billy Jayne, born in 1969), Bobby Jacoby (now Robert Jayne, born in 1973), and sisters Laura Jacoby and Susan Jacoby.

Jacoby is of Jewish descent.[6] He is married to Lyn Jacoby and they have two children.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 Children's Games The Son
1971 The Anderson Tapes Jerry Bingham
1972 Rivals Jamie
1973 Baxter! Roger Baxter
1976 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Mario Podesta
1977 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Justin
1978 Our Winning Season David Wakefield
1986 The Supernaturals Pvt. Chris Mendez
1987 Return to Horror High Josh Forbes
1988 To Die For Martin Planting
1991 Son of Darkness: To Die For II Martin


Year Title Role Notes
1972 No Place to Run Doug Television film
1972 That Certain Summer Nick Salter
1972 Medical Center Tony Episode: "No Way Out"
1973 The Man Who Could Talk to Kids Kenny Lassiter Television film
1973 Toma Jesse Wheelright Episode: "Crime Without Victim"
1973, 1975 The Rookies Frankie 2 episodes
1973–1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Various roles 3 episodes
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Terry Episode: "A Killer With a Badge"
1974 Bad Ronald Ronald Wilby Television film
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Lee Bassett
1977 79 Park Avenue Paulie Fludjicki 2 episodes
1979 No Other Love Bruce Michaels Television film
1980 The Diary of Anne Frank Peter van Daan
1983 Trapper John, M.D. Matthew Murdock Episode: "The Final Cut"
1986–1989 The Golden Girls Michael Zbornak 3 episodes
1987 Murder, She Wrote Danny Young Episode: "Murder in a Minor Key"


  1. ^ "Ask TV Scout", The Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana; June 2, 1973), TV Section, p. 8.
  2. ^ Primetime Emmy Award database
  3. ^ Bianco, Robert (October 19, 2008). "Robert Bianco's favorite TV movies — and yours". USA Today. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  4. ^ "Scott Jacoby–Is He A New Mickey Rooney?", Lancaster Sunday News (August 20, 1972), p. 20.
  5. ^ "Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style (2001)". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2022-12-04.
  6. ^ Friedman, Jack (November 19, 1984). "Dolores Jacoby May Look Like a Stage Mother, but She Has Her Kids in Movies and TV Commercials Too". People. Retrieved April 7, 2017.