Saul Rubinek

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Saul Rubinek
Saul Rubinek SDCC 2013.jpg
Rubinek in 2013
Born (1948-07-02) July 2, 1948 (age 72)
EducationCamp B'nai Brith
OccupationActor, director, producer, playwright
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Kate Lynch (divorced)[1]
Elinor Reid
(m. 1990)

Saul Rubinek (born July 2, 1948) is a German-born Canadian character actor, director, playwright, and producer of television, theatre, and film. He has had roles in notable films including Against All Odds (1984), Wall Street (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), True Romance (1993), and Unforgiven (1992).[3]

Rubinek is known for his role as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 and Louis B. Mayer in The Last Tycoon, and has had recurring roles on Frasier, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, and Leverage. He is a five-time Genie Award nominee, winning Best Supporting Actor for Ticket to Heaven (1981), and a two-time Gemini Award nominee. His first play, Terrible Advice, premiered in September 2011.

Early life[edit]

Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald DP camp, 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.[4][5][6]


At the encouragement of his parents, Rubinek began taking acting lessons and joined the Ottawa Little Theatre. In 1969, he began performing at the Stratford Festival. He made lasting contributions to the Toronto theatre scene, co-founding the Canadian Stage Company and working extensively with Theatre Passe Muraille as an actor and producer. He began working in the United States in the 1970s, acting in Off-Broadway productions. In 1984, he won a Drama-Logue Award for Des McAnuff's La Jolla production of As You Like It.[3]

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 series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada.[7] 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, directed and written by Jonathan Kaufer and produced by Marvin Worth. Rubinek appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds (1984), Alan Alda's Sweet Liberty as director Bo Hopkins, Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987), as a lawyer, The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988), as a fun-loving rabbi, 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 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 based on Joel Silver and Harvey Weinstein.[8]

He 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 the filming of the episode had begun. (Rappaport later died by suicide just before the episode premiered.) Photographs of Rubinek in character were used on two cards in Decipher's 1994 ST:TNG card game: a character card entitled "Kivas Fajo" and an event card entitled "Kivas Fajo: Collector." In 1998, "The Fajo Collection," a limited (40,000 copies) edition set of 18 new cards, was released as an addition to this card game.

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 played Donny Douglas (Daphne Moon's fiancé and Niles Crane's divorce lawyer) in several episodes of the American sitcom Frasier.

He appeared, in various 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 had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the film Rush Hour 2.[citation needed]

Rubinek played Alan Mintz opposite Nicolas Cage in the 2000 film The Family Man. In 2000, Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-02 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 Hasty 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 as Dr. Saul Funkhouser, 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.[9][10]

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 Arthur "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.

His first play, Terrible Advice premiered in September 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in London, starring Scott Bakula, Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.[11] In 2018, he was cast in a recurring role on the Amazon Prime series Hunters.



Year Title Role Director Notes
1968 Slow Run Narrator (voice) Laurence Kardish Short film
1974 Death Wish Train Mugger #1 Michael Winner Uncredited
1980 Death Ship Jackie Alvin Rakoff
The Agency Sam Goldstein George Kaczender Nominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nothing Personal Pete Braden George Bloomfield Uncredited
1981 Ticket to Heaven Larry Ralph L. Thomas Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
By Design Terry Loeb Claude Jutra Nominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1982 Soup for One Allan Martin Jonathan Kaufer
Young Doctors in Love Floyd Kurtzman Garry Marshall
Highpoint Centino Peter Carter
1984 Against All Odds Steve Kirsch Taylor Hackford
1985 Martin's Day Hitchhiker Alan Gibson
1986 Sweet Liberty Bo Hodges Alan Alda
1987 Wall Street Harold Salt Oliver Stone
Taking Care Carl Clarke Mackey
1988 The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Rabbi Teitelman Allan A. Goldstein Nominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Jed Kramer Brian De Palma
Falling Over Backwards Mel Rosenblum Mort Ransen
1991 The Quarrel Hersh Rasseyner Eli Cohen
1992 Man Trouble Laurence Moncrief Bob Rafelson
Unforgiven W.W. Beauchamp Clint Eastwood
1993 Undercover Blues Mr. Ferderber Herbert Ross
True Romance Lee Donowitz Tony Scott
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death D.A. Brian Hoyle Allan A. Goldstein
I Love Trouble Sam Smotherman Charles Shyer
Getting Even with Dad Bobby Drace Howard Deutch
1995 Nixon Herb Klein Oliver Stone
1996 Memory Run Dr. Munger Allan A. Goldstein
Rainbow Sam Cohen Bob Hoskins
1997 Bad Manners Matt Carroll Jonathan Kaufer
Pale Saints Whitey J. H. Wyman Nominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998 Jerry and Tom Dogtrack Victim Himself Directorial Debut
1999 Dick Henry Kissinger Andrew Fleming
2000 Lakeboat Cuthman Joe Mantegna
The Contender Jerry Tolliver Rod Lurie Critics' Choice Alan J. Pakula Award for Artistic Excellence
The Family Man Alan Mintz Brett Ratner
2001 Rush Hour 2 Red Dragon Box Man Cameo appearance
2002 Triggermen Jazzer John Bradshaw
2003 The Singing Detective Skin Specialist Keith Gordon
Hollywood North Paul Linder Peter O'Brian
Baadasssss! Howie Kaufman Mario Van Peebles
2004 Pursued Dexter O'Neill Kristoffer Tabori
Intern Academy Dr. Sam Bonnert Dave Thomas
2005 Santa's Slay Mr. Green David Steiman
Cruel but Necessary N/A Himself Also producer
2007 War Dr. Sherman Philip Atwell
2008 A Broken Life Boss Neil Coombs
Julia Mitch Erick Zonca
The Express: The Ernie Davis Story Art Modell Gary Fleder
2009 The Trotsky David Bronstein Jacob Tierney
2010 Barney's Version Mr. Charnofsky Richard J. Lewis
Knucklehead Rabbi Michael W. Watkins Cameo appearance
Kill Me Please M. Breiman Olias Barco
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Martin Hirsch Evgeny Afineevsky FilmOut Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Gridlocked Marty Allan Ungar
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Frenchman/René Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Segment: "The Mortal Remains"


Year Title Role Notes
1975–77 King of Kensington Jerry Beck / Ansons Phelps Episodes: "The Gambler" & "The End of the World"
1979 The Wordsmith Mervyn Kaplansky Television film

Nominated- Genie Award for Best Actor (Non-Feature)

1980 The Littlest Hobo Tim Reagan Episode: "Escape"
Bizarre Himself/Various 24 episodes
1981 Clown White Mr. Freed Television film
1983 The Terry Fox Story Dan Grey
1984 Seeing Things Jeffries Episode: "An Eye on the Future"
Hill Street Blues Armand Bittar Episode: "Fuched Again"
1985 The Suicide Murders Benny Cooperman Television film
1985–86 The Equalizer Jason Mazer 3 episodes
1986 Murder Sees the Light Benny Cooperman Television film
1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater John Griffths Episode: "Gotcha!"
Liberace: Behind the Music Seymour Heller Television film
Street Legal Grant Mitchell Episode: "The Homecoming"
1989 Men Paul Armas 6 episodes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kivas Fajo Episode: "The Most Toys"
1993 Matrix Jeremy Winter Episode: "Collateral Damage"
And the Band Played On Dr. Jim Curran Television film
1994 L.A. Law Harold Schoen Episode: "Finish Line"
1995 Hiroshima Dr. Leo Szilard Television film
1995–99 The Outer Limits Professor Hugaro/Aaron Zgierski Episode: "Caught in the Act" & "Tribunal"
1996 Ink Alan Mesnick 22 episodes
1998 Blackjack Thomas Television film
1999 The Practice Arnold Hunter Episodes: "Home Invasions" & "Infected"
Mentors Napoleon Bonaparte Episodes: "Little Emperor"
1999–2002 Frasier Donny Douglas 15 episodes
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Saul Panzer Television film
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Ira Stone
2001-02 Once and Again Colin Fleischer Episodes: "Kind of Blue" & "Chance of a Lifetime"
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Lon Cohen 10 episodes
2002 Gleason George "Bullets" Durgom Television film
The Brady Bunch in the White House Sal Astor
2003 Coast to Coast Gary Pereira
Law & Order Ira Simpkis Episode: "Genius"
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Eli Morton Television film
NYPD Blue Barry Tytel Episode: "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Saul Funkhouser Episodes: "The Weatherman" & "The 5 Wood"
Stargate SG-1 Emmett Bregman Episode: "Heroes"
Dr. Vegas Jonathan Selznick Episode: "Lust for Life"
Threat Matrix Peter Tomashevski Episode: "19 Seconds"
Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Dr. Paul Fleiss Television film
Jack & Bobby Nahum Mayhew Episode: "Today I am a Man"
2005 Blind Justice Dr. Alan Galloway 7 episodes
Trump Unauthorized Peter Wennik Television film
Lost Custody Attorney Episode: "Adrift"
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Hasty Hathaway Television film
Eureka Dr. Carl Carlson Episode: "Invincible"
2007 Masters of Horror Professor Harkinson Episode: "The Washingtonians"
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Hasty Hathaway Television film
Blackout Sol
2008 Psych Lance Episode: "Lights, Camera... Homicidio"
The Trojan Horse Rafe Kott Television film
Boston Legal Donald Feldcamp "Kill, Baby, Kill"
2008–12 Leverage Victor Dubenich 3 episodes
2009–14 Warehouse 13 Artie Nielsen 64 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Hasty Hathaway Television film
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mr. Price Episode: "Funny Valentine"
2013–14 Person of Interest Arthur Claypool Episodes: "Lethe" & "Aletheia"
2015 Beauty & the Beast Dr. Glenroy Episode: "Heart of the Matter"
The Good Wife Judge Thomas Treem Episode: "Taxed"
2016 Angie Tribeca Pfoopa Episode "Boyz II Dead"
Blue Bloods Sy Goodman Episode: "The Price of Justice"
2017 Doubt Judge Julius Routbort Episode: "Finally"
The Last Tycoon Louis B. Mayer 6 episodes
2018 Grey's Anatomy Rabbi Eli Episode: "One Day Like This"
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Pauly Episode: "We're Going to the Catskills!"
2019 Hunters Murray Markowitz 10 episodes
2019 For all Mankind Rep. Charles Sandman Episode: "He Built the Saturn V"
2020 Schitt's Creek Tippy Bernstein Episode: "Sunrise, Sunset"


Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Broadcast Film Critics Association

  • 2001 Alan J. Pakula Award for Artistic Excellence: The Contender (won)

FilmOut LGBT Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival



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  2. ^ "Saul Rubinek". Filmweb.
  3. ^ a b "Saul Rubinek". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  4. ^ "Saul Rubinek Biography - Yahoo! Movies".
  5. ^ "Saul Rubinek Biography (1948-)".
  6. ^ "A simple act of kindness saved lives"; Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star, December 20, 2009
  7. ^ "Benny Cooperman". Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  8. ^ "Inglourious Basterds and True Romance: Bonded by Family Blood". /Film. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  9. ^ Fowler, Matt (December 17, 2013). "Person of Interest: "Lethe" Review".
  10. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (January 8, 2014). "Person Of Interest: "Aletheia"". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  11. ^ Shenton, Mark. "Frank Oz to Direct Saul Rubinek's Terrible Advice at London's Menier Chocolate Factory" Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine, Playbill. July 11, 2011.

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