Jan Rubeš

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Jan Rubeš
Born Jan Ladislav Rubeš
(1920-06-06)6 June 1920
Volyně, Czechoslovakia
Died 29 June 2009(2009-06-29) (aged 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, opera singer
Years active 1935-1999
Spouse(s) Susan Douglas (1950-2009; his death; 3 sons)

Jan Ladislav Rubeš[1] CM (6 June 1920 – 29 June 2009) was a Czech-Canadian bass opera singer and actor.

Life and career[edit]

Rubeš was born in Volyně, Czechoslovakia, to Ružena (née Kellnerová) and Jan Rubeš.[2] Not long after World War II, he graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer. In 1948, he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Festival, and emigrated to Canada at the end of the year to pursue a career in a wider sphere. Beginning as a singer with the Canadian Opera Company, he subsequently directed and became director of touring, before switching to radio and television, where he became known as an actor and presenter well known in Canada. He is noted for his portrayal of Amish patriarch Eli Lapp in Peter Weir's major-market film Witness and Jan in D2: The Mighty Ducks.[citation needed]


On 22 September 1950, Rubeš was married to actress Susan Douglas; the couple had three sons: Dr. Christopher Jan Rubeš (died 1996), Jonathan Mark Rubeš, and Anthony Dean Rubeš. His grandson is named Jasan Rubeš.


On 29 June 2009, Rubeš died following a stroke in Toronto General Hospital.[1][3]

Awards and recognition[edit]


Motion pictures[edit]

Television movies[edit]

Television series[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jan Rubeš brought a wide range of talents to stage, screen and radio". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Profile, filmreference.com; accessed 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Opera singer and actor Jan Rubeš dies at 89". CBC News. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Order of Canada citation: Jan Rubes, C.M.". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 30 June 2009. [permanent dead link]

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