John Rubinstein

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John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein.jpg
John Rubinstein, April 2008
BornJohn Arthur Rubinstein
(1946-12-08) December 8, 1946 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, composer, director
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Judi West (1971-1992; divorced; 2 children)
Jane Lanier (1992-2002; divorced; 2 children)
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John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein.jpg
John Rubinstein, April 2008
BornJohn Arthur Rubinstein
(1946-12-08) December 8, 1946 (age 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, composer, director
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)Judi West (1971-1992; divorced; 2 children)
Jane Lanier (1992-2002; divorced; 2 children)

John Arthur Rubinstein (born December 8, 1946) is an American film, Broadway, and television actor, a composer of film and theatre music, and a director in theatre and television.

Early life[edit]

Rubinstein was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Polish parents. His mother, Aniela (née Młynarska), a dancer and writer, was a Roman Catholic native of Warsaw, the daughter of conductor Emil Młynarski. His father was Polish-born Jewish concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein.[1] He attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1967.[2]


He made his Broadway acting debut in 1972 and received a Theater World Award for creating the title role in the musical Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse. In 1980 he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of James Leeds in Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God, directed by Gordon Davidson. Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon's Fools, directed by Mike Nichols, and Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which earned him a Drama Desk nomination; he replaced William Hurt as Eddie in David Rabe's Hurlyburly, replaced David Dukes in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, and starred in Getting Away with Murder, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O'Brien. In 1987, he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, with Stephen Lang and John Wood, and subsequently performed in Urban Blight and Cabaret Verboten. In 2005, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics’ and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of George Simon in Elmer Rice's Counsellor-at-Law. In addition, he has made numerous appearances in regional theater productions.

Rubinstein's feature films include 21 Grams, Red Dragon, Mercy, Another Stakeout, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Boys from Brazil opposite Laurence Olivier, Rome & Jewel, Jekyll, Kid Cop, Getting Straight, Zachariah, The Trouble with Girls, and The Car. Since 1965 he has acted in over 150 television films and series episodes. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Maitland in the series Family, a role he played for five years, co-starred for two years with Jack Warden in the series Crazy Like a Fox, and was featured in the miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. He has subsequently played recurring parts on Angel, The Guardian, The Practice, Star Trek: Enterprise, and BarberShop. In the series finale of Friends, he played the doctor who delivered Monica and Chandler's babies.

Rubinstein has composed, orchestrated, and conducted the musical scores for five feature films, including Jeremiah Johnson and The Candidate, as well as for over 150 television films and episodes. He spent six years as host for the radio program Carnegie Hall Tonight, broadcast on 180 stations in the United States and Canada, and two years as the keyboard player for the jazz-rock group Funzone. He has also recorded over sixty-five books on audio, including eighteen of the best-selling Alex Delaware novels by Jonathan Kellerman.

In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theater Festival, staging Aphra Behn's The Rover, with Christopher Reeve. He has continued to direct regional theater productions, as well as in television.

He originated the role of The Wizard in the Los Angeles production of the musical Wicked which opened on February 21, 2007. He ended his 18 month run on August 24, 2008 and was replaced by David Garrison.

Rubinstein appeared in the award winning short film The Delivery (2008) as the actor-from-hell in an audiobook recording and as the Mad Hatter. He currently teaches a course in musical theater audition techniques at the University of Southern California.[3]

In 2011, Rubinstein provided commentary for the online broadcasting of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow, Russia.

On April 29, 2013, Rubinstein appeared in a performance of The Defiant Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

John Rubinstein is the father of actor Michael Weston.


1967DragnetPaul WhiddenEpisode: The Grenade
The VirginianBilly SimmonsEpisode: The Deadly Past
Ironside2nd HippieEpisode: The Leaf in the Forest
1969The Trouble with GirlsPrinceton
Room 222Martin KaufmanEpisode: The Flu
1970The Bold Ones: The ProtectorsPrivate KelleyEpisode: A Thing Not of God
Getting StraightHerbert
The Young LawyersDan FultonEpisode: We May Be Better Strangers
The Psychiatrist: God Bless the ChildrenTeddy, the Student AddictTV film
1971Matt LincolnChristopherEpisode: Christopher
Men at LawRon MartinEpisode: Hostage
NicholsFred BuckermanEpisode: Paper Badge
The PsychiatristRandell FileEpisode: Ex-Sgt. Randell File, U.S.A.
The Sandpit GeneralsProfessor
The Mod SquadLarry WheelerEpisode: Survival
A Howling in the WoodsJustin ConwayTV film
1972Something EvilErnest LincolnTV film
CannonLarry BolingerEpisode: A Deadly Quiet Town
The Mary Tyler Moore ShowMatt, Jr.Episode: You Certainly Are a Big Boy
1972, 1977The Streets of San FranciscoLindy/Walter J. Young2 episodes
Hawaii Five-OHarold/Joey Kalima2 episodes
1975All Together NowBill LindsayTV film
Police WomanTommy DonlevyEpisode: Glitter with a Bullet
Mr. & Ms. and the Magic Studio MysteryDavidTV film
Wide World MysteryDavidEpisode: Mr. & Mrs. and the Bandstand Mystery
1975–1976Harry OJack Dawes/Richard Trask2 episodes
Barnaby JonesChris Garrison/Larry Christopher2 episodes
1976The Quest: The Longest DriveWakelyTV film
Barbary CoastGarrisonEpisode: The Dawson Marker
The RookiesDr. Richard KomanskyEpisode: The Mugging
The QuestWakely2 episodes
1976–1980FamilyJeff Maitland12 episodes
1977The CarJohn Morris
Corey: For the PeopleDan CoreyTV film
Lou GrantAndrew MartinEpisode: Hostages
What Really Happened to the Class of '65?JaikEpisode: The Girl Nobody Knew
The New Adventures of Wonder WomanMajor DexterEpisode: The Deadly Toys
1978Happily Ever AfterRichyTV film
The Boys from BrazilDavid Bennett
1978–1987The Love BoatGeorge Allison/Jack Forbes/Allan Davis4 episodes
1979Vega$Vance SpilroyEpisode: Best Friends
Roots: The Next GenerationsLieutenant Hamilton Ten EyckTV mini-series
In Search of Historic JesusJesus
The French Atlantic AffairHerb KleinfeldTV mini-series
She's Dressed to KillAlan LenzTV film
1979, 1984Fantasy IslandJohnny Court/Donald King2 episodes
1980Make Me an OfferDr. Max WestcottTV film
The Silent LoversIrving ThalbergTV film
1981KilljoyDr. Paul TrentonTV film
SkokieHerb LewisohnTV film
1982Freedom to SpeakWilliam Lloyd Garrison/Patrick Henry/Charles Lindbergh/Rabbi Stephen WiseTV mini-series
Quincy M.E.Dr. Walter RossEpisode: Unreasonable Doubt
1983I Take These MenDavid KoenigTV film
Trapper John, M.D.Hank PalmerEpisode: Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk DriversSteve WhiteTV film
DanielRobert Lewin
Emerald Point N.A.S.Lt. Cmdr. Edwards3 episodes
1984The Paper ChaseProfessor Wendell PetersonEpisode: Judgement Day
1984–1986Crazy Like a FoxHarrison Fox19 episodes
1987The Two Mrs. GrenvillesBratsie BleekerTV film
Still Crazy Like a FoxHarrison Fox, Jr.TV film
Jake and the FatmanBrent MooreEpisode: Happy Days Are Here Again
Someone to Watch Over MeNeil Steinhart
1988Highway to HeavenMatthewEpisode: Time in a Bottle
HotelCliff PhillipsEpisode: Aftershocks
Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the SunArthur KaneTV film
Sam Found Out: A Triple PlayJohnnyTV film
LiberaceJamieTV film
MatlockCarl Benedict/Dr.Douglas Clark4 episodes
1990Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi ChaseNorman De RoinTV mini-series
1991Father Dowling MysteriesTimEpisode: The Prodigal Son Mystery
1992In My Daughter's NameBan WorrallTV film
Murder, She WroteGeorge FosterEpisode: The Classic Murder
1993Another StakeoutThomas Hassrick, Las Vegas District Attorney
The American ClockMoe BaumlerTV film
FrasierPhillip HaysonEpisode: The Crucible
Against the GrainMr. O’BrienEpisode: E Pluribus Unum
1994RoboCopChip Chayken4 episodes
NYPD BlueMr. BernsteinEpisode: Double Abandando
1994, 1996Diagnosis: MurderThomas Taylor/Peter Trent2 episodes
1994, 1997Party of FiveWalter Alcott2 episodes
1995Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanEmmet ValeEpisode: Metallo
Star Trek: VoyagerJohn EvansvilleEpisode: The 37s
MercyFrank Kramer
1996Norma Jean & MarilynDarryl F. ZanuckTV film
SupermanPetersonEpisode: A Little Piece of Home
Early EditionMarcusEpisode: The Choice
Kid CopStan DwerkinStraight-to-video
1997ERDr. KennerEpisode: Night Shift
The Sleepwalker KillingDr. Frank CorriganTV film
1998The PracticeJudge Joseph Papp3 episodes
2000Perfect Murder, Perfect TownRev. HoverstockTV film
Family LawGarwiczEpisode: Family Values
2001Boston PublicJudge Joseph PappEpisode: Chapter Thirteen
The West WingSen. Andy RitterEpisode: 18th and Potomac
Gideon's CrossingLarry PalmerEpisode: Clinical Enigma
2001–2002AngelLinwood Murrow6 episodes
2002Judging AmyJames PierpointEpisode: Can They Do That with Vegetables?
The DistrictGeorge WilsonEpisode: Wasteland
She SpiesSenator Thomas Jefferson MitchellEpisode: First Episode
Red DragonDinner Guest
The GuardianSen. Nathan Caldwell4 episodes
2002, 2004Star Trek: EnterpriseMazarite Captain/Minister Kuvak3 episodes
2003Without a TraceDr. FeldmanEpisode: Underground Railroad
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone ComplexErnest SeranoEpisode: Stand Alone Complex
CharmedDr. BerensonEpisode: Cat House
24Secretary of State2 episodes
The DivisionDoctor BertmanEpisode: Diagnosis
21 GramsGynecologist
The Lyon's DenMr. WoodardEpisode: The Other Side of Caution
Strong MedicineLyle LaCouerEpisode: Prescriptions
NCISCIA Director BobEpisode: Marine Down
2004BeckerDickieEpisode: Subway Story
The ParkersJonathanEpisode: She's Positive
FriendsThe Doctor2 episodes
2005Amber Frey: Witness for the ProsecutionMark GeragosTV film
The CloserDr. BrownEpisode: Pilot
Jane Doe: The Wrong FacePhil RaphaelsonTV film
Mrs. HarrisTarnower's Best FriendTV film
BarbershopNicholas Kane3 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJudge SchuylerEpisode: Raw
House M.D.Dr. AyersmanEpisode: The Mistake
2006Law & OrderMr. ThurberEpisode: Heart of Darkness
RelatedDr. ShapiroEpisode: The Godmother
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJudge CrawfordEpisode: The Unusual Suspect
Cold CaseRafe GrayEpisode: Willkommen
Criminal MindsHayden RawlingsEpisode: P911
SharkLance HorningEpisode: Russo
GirlfriendsDr. Wulfberg3 episodes
2006–2007Day BreakBarry Colburn5 episodes
2007SublimeDr. LichterhandStraight-to-video film
Choose ConnorCary Evor
JekyllDaniel Carew
2008Seducing SpiritsDr. Ron Huffman
Sweet Nothing in My EarDr. Flynt(uncredited)
The DeliveryLance/The Mad Hatter
Eli StoneDamon SmallsEpisode: The Humanitarian
Rome & JewelMajor Capps
Dirty Sexy MoneyDr. Zwerling3 episodes
2009SupernaturalCharlieEpisode: Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag
Brothers & SistersDr. Marc WilsonEpisode: Owning It
Numb3rsGene EvansEpisode: Disturbed
HawthorneDr. LeeEpisode: No Guts, No Glory
GreekDr. Larsen2 episodes
2009–2010The Young and the RestlessDr. Charles Taylor12 episodes
2009–2012Desperate HousewivesPrincipal Hobson7 episodes
2011Wizards of Waverly PlaceGorog4 episodes
2012Electric CityRichard "Dick" JacobsWeb series
2014JessieIvanEpisode: Spaced Out
2015The Atticus InstituteMarcus Wheeler[4]



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