Saul Rubinek

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Saul Rubinek
Saul Rubinek by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Saul Rubinek at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1948-07-02) July 2, 1948 (age 66)
Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Upper Bavaria, Allied-occupied Germany
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer and Playwright
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Kate (1977–?)
Elinor Reid (1990–present; 2 children)

Saul Rubinek (born July 2, 1948) is a Canadian actor, director, producer and playwright, known for his work in TV, film, and stage. His first roles were in the TV films The Suicide Murders (1985) and Murder Sees the Light (1986). His first film role was in Obsessed (1987). He had roles in notable films including Against All Odds (1984), Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987),The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), and the Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven (1992). Rubinek's first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011.

Early life[edit]

Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Germany, the son of Polish Jews Frania and Israel Rubinek, who was a factory worker, theatre company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, and Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by Polish farmers for over two years during World War II and moved to Canada in 1948.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV films, The Suicide Murders (1985) and Murder Sees the Light (1986), which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada. Rubinek starred as Owen Hughes, the antagonist, in Obsessed (1987). In another TV film, Liberace: Behind the Music (1988), he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace.

In 1982, he played Allan in the sexually-themed romantic comedy Soup For One, that was directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. Rubinek also appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds (1984), Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987) as a lawyer, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988) as a fun-loving rabbi and in Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), again as a lawyer, and in a lead part as a rabbi in The Quarrel (1991). He is also noted for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992) as a pulp fiction writer. He had a notable role in Tony Scott's True Romance (1993) as a pompous, cocaine-addicted film producer. He also co-starred in the 1993 Emmy Award-winning American made-for-television docudrama And the Band Played On as Dr. Jim Curran. Rubinek played the character Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". Rubinek, an ardent Star Trek fan, abruptly took over the part after David Rappaport, the actor who was originally cast in the role, attempted suicide shortly after filming of the episode had begun. Rappaport subsequently succeeded in committing suicide just after the episode premiered. Another science fiction role portrayed by Rubinek was as a documentary film director named Emmett Bregman, on the seventh season of the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, in a two-part episode called "Heroes, Parts 1 & 2". He also played Donny Douglas (Daphne Moon's fiancé and Niles Crane's divorce lawyer) in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier. He appeared, in different roles, in two episodes of the 1995 revival of The Outer Limits. He played the role of Louis the Lion on YTV's The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1995). He also had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the film Rush Hour 2.

Rubinek played Alan Mintz opposite Nicolas Cage in the 2000 film The Family Man. Also in 2000, Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-2002 A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, in which he would subsequently play the recurring role of reporter Lon Cohen. In 2005 he appeared in the short-lived American television series Blind Justice, and has appeared from 2006 to 2012 in the supporting role of Hastings Hathaway in the Jesse Stone series of TV films, starring Tom Selleck. His single-episode guest appearances during the 2000s include two 2004 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the "Adrift" episode in the beginning of Lost's second season in 2005, the 2006 "Invincible" episode of Eureka, the 2007 episode of the TV series Masters of Horror "The Washingtonians", and a 2008 episode of the TV series Psych. That same year he guest-starred as Victor Dubenich, the antagonist in the pilot episode of Leverage, reappearing in 2012 for the last two episodes of season 4. In 2013, he guest-starred in two subsequent episodes of the TV series Person of Interest.[4][5]

In 2005 he directed the independent film, Cruel But Necessary. The following year he appeared in a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian feature comedy The Trotsky.

Rubinek starred in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as Artie Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover mystical artifacts with his team. The series finale was aired on May 19, 2014 on Syfy.

Rubinek's first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in Southwark, London, starring Scott Bakula, Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1975
& 1977
King of Kensington Jerry Beck
& Ansons Phelps
"The Gambler"
& "The End of the World"
1980 The Littlest Hobo Tim Reagan "Escape"
1980 Bizarre various 30 minute sketch show
1983 The Terry Fox Story Dan Grey TV movie
1984 Seeing Things Jeffries "An Eye on the Future"
1984 Hill Street Blues Armand Bittar "Fuched Again"
1985
−1986
The Equalizer Jason Mazer "The Distant Fire",
"Dead Drop" & "Torn"
1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater John Griffths Gotcha!
1988 Liberace: Behind the Music Seymour Heller
1988 Street Legal Grant Mitchell "The Homecoming"
1989 Men Paul Armas 6 episodes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kivas Fajo "The Most Toys"
1993 Matrix Stage Manager, Jeremy Winter "Collateral Damage"
1993 And the Band Played On Dr. Jim Curran TV movie
1994 L.A. Law Harold Schoen "Finish Line"
1995
&1999
The Outer Limits Professor Hugaro
& Aaron Zgierski
"Caught in the Act"
& "Tribunal"
1996 Ink Alan Mesnick
1998 Blackjack Thomas TV movie
1999 The Practice Arnold Hunter "Home Invasion"
& "Infected"
1999 Mentors Napoleon Bonaparte "Little Emperor"
1999
−2002
Frasier Donny Douglas 15 episodes
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Saul Panzer TV movie
2001
−2002
Once and Again Colin Fleischer "Kind of Blue"
& "Chance of a Lifetime"
2001
−2002
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Lon Cohen 10 episodes
2002 The Brady Bunch in the White House Sal Astor TV movie
2003 Coast to Coast Gary Pereira TV movie
2003 Law & Order Ira Simpkis "Genius"
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Eli Morton TV movie
2003 NYPD Blue Barry Tytel "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Saul Funkhouser "The Weatherman"
& "The 5 Wood"
2004 Stargate SG-1 Emmett Bregman "Heroes"
2004 Dr. Vegas Jonathan Selznick "Lust for Life"
2004 Threat Matrix Peter Tomashevski "19 Seconds"
2004 Jack & Bobby Nahum Mayhew "Today I am a Man"
2005 Blind Justice Dr. Alan Galloway 7 episodes
2005 Lost Custody Attorney "Adrift"
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2006 Eureka Dr. Carl Carlson "Invincible"
2007 Masters of Horror Professor Harkinson "The Washingtonians"
2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2008 Psych Lance "Lights, Camera... Homicidio"
2008 The Trojan Horse Rafe Kott Part one
2008 Boston Legal Donald Feldcamp "Kill, Baby, Kill"
2008
−2012
Leverage Victor Dubenich 3 episodes
2009
−2014
Warehouse 13 Artie Nielsen 64 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mr. Price "Funny Valentine"
2013 Person of Interest Arthur Claypool "Lethe" & "Aletheia"

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Agency Sam Goldstein
1980 Death Ship Jackie/ships comic
1981 Ticket to Heaven Larry
1982 By Design Terry
1982 Soup for One Allan
1982 Young Doctors in Love Floyd Kurtzman
1984 Against All Odds Steve Kirsch
1986 Sweet Liberty Bo Hodges
1987 Wall Street Harold Salt
1988 The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Piano Teacher
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Jed Kramer
1991 The Quarrel Hersh Rasseyner
1992 Man Trouble Laurence Moncrief
1992 Unforgiven W.W. Beauchamp
1993 Undercover Blues Mr. Ferderber
1993 True Romance Lee Donowitz
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Brian Hoyle
1994 I Love Trouble Sam Smotherman
1994 Getting Even with Dad Bobby
1995 Hiroshima Leo Szilard
1995 Nixon Herb Klein
1996 Memory Run Dr. Munger
1996 Rainbow Sam Cohen
1998 Jerry and Tom Dogtrack victim
1999 Dick Henry Kissinger
2000 Lakeboat Cuthman
2000 The Contender Jerry Tolliver
2000 The Family Man Alan Mintz
2001 Rush Hour 2 Red Dragon Box Man
2002 Triggermen Jazzer
2003 The Singing Detective Skin Specialist
2003 Baadasssss! Howard 'Howie' Kaufman
2005 Santa's Slay Mr. Green
2007 War Dr. Sherman
2008 A Broken Life Boss
2008 Julia Mitch
2008 The Express Art Modell
2009 The Trotsky David Bronstein
2010 Barney's Version Mr. Charnofsky
2010 Knucklehead Rabbi
2010 Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Martin Hirsch

Awards[edit]

Director[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography at FilmReference.com
  3. ^ "A simple act of kindness saved lives"; Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star, December 20, 2009
  4. ^ Fowler, Matt (December 17, 2013). "Person of Interest: "Lethe" Review". ign.com. 
  5. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (January 8, 2014). "Person Of Interest: "Aletheia"". avclub.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Shenton, Mark. "Frank Oz to Direct Saul Rubinek's Terrible Advice at London's Menier Chocolate Factory", Playbill. July 11, 2011.

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