Saul Rubinek

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Saul Rubinek
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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
OccupationActor, Director, Producer and Playwright
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Kate (1977–?)
Elinor Reid (1990–present; 2 children)
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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
OccupationActor, Director, Producer and Playwright
Years active1968–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]


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]



& 1977
King of KensingtonJerry Beck
& Ansons Phelps
"The Gambler"
& "The End of the World"
1980The Littlest HoboTim Reagan"Escape"
1980Bizarrevarious30 minute sketch show
1983The Terry Fox StoryDan GreyTV movie
1984Seeing ThingsJeffries"An Eye on the Future"
1984Hill Street BluesArmand Bittar"Fuched Again"
The EqualizerJason Mazer"The Distant Fire",
"Dead Drop" & "Torn"
1988The Ray Bradbury TheaterJohn GriffthsGotcha!
1988Liberace: Behind the MusicSeymour Heller
1988Street LegalGrant Mitchell"The Homecoming"
1989MenPaul Armas6 episodes
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationKivas Fajo"The Most Toys"
1993MatrixStage Manager, Jeremy Winter"Collateral Damage"
1993And the Band Played OnDr. Jim CurranTV movie
1994L.A. LawHarold Schoen"Finish Line"
The Outer LimitsProfessor Hugaro
& Aaron Zgierski
"Caught in the Act"
& "Tribunal"
1996InkAlan Mesnick
1998BlackjackThomasTV movie
1999The PracticeArnold Hunter"Home Invasion"
& "Infected"
1999MentorsNapoleon Bonaparte"Little Emperor"
FrasierDonny Douglas15 episodes
2000The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe MysterySaul PanzerTV movie
Once and AgainColin Fleischer"Kind of Blue"
& "Chance of a Lifetime"
A Nero Wolfe MysteryLon Cohen10 episodes
2002The Brady Bunch in the White HouseSal AstorTV movie
2003Coast to CoastGary PereiraTV movie
2003Law & OrderIra Simpkis"Genius"
2003And Starring Pancho Villa as HimselfEli MortonTV movie
2003NYPD BlueBarry Tytel"Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmDr. Saul Funkhouser"The Weatherman"
& "The 5 Wood"
2004Stargate SG-1Emmett Bregman"Heroes"
2004Dr. VegasJonathan Selznick"Lust for Life"
2004Threat MatrixPeter Tomashevski"19 Seconds"
2004Jack & BobbyNahum Mayhew"Today I am a Man"
2005Blind JusticeDr. Alan Galloway7 episodes
2005LostCustody Attorney"Adrift"
2006Jesse Stone: Night PassageHasty HathawayTV movie
2006EurekaDr. Carl Carlson"Invincible"
2007Masters of HorrorProfessor Harkinson"The Washingtonians"
2007Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeHasty HathawayTV movie
2008PsychLance"Lights, Camera... Homicidio"
2008The Trojan HorseRafe KottPart one
2008Boston LegalDonald Feldcamp"Kill, Baby, Kill"
LeverageVictor Dubenich3 episodes
Warehouse 13Artie Nielsen64 episodes
2010Jesse Stone: No RemorseHasty HathawayTV movie
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents LostHasty HathawayTV movie
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtHasty HathawayTV movie
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMr. Price"Funny Valentine"
2013Person of InterestArthur Claypool"Lethe" & "Aletheia"


1980The AgencySam Goldstein
1980Death ShipJackie/ships comic
1981Ticket to HeavenLarry
1982By DesignTerry
1982Soup for OneAllan
1982Young Doctors in LoveFloyd Kurtzman
1984Against All OddsSteve Kirsch
1986Sweet LibertyBo Hodges
1987Wall StreetHarold Salt
1988The Outside Chance of Maximilian GlickPiano Teacher
1990The Bonfire of the VanitiesJed Kramer
1991The QuarrelHersh Rasseyner
1992Man TroubleLaurence Moncrief
1992UnforgivenW.W. Beauchamp
1993Undercover BluesMr. Ferderber
1993True RomanceLee Donowitz
1994Death Wish V: The Face of DeathBrian Hoyle
1994I Love TroubleSam Smotherman
1994Getting Even with DadBobby
1995HiroshimaLeo Szilard
1995NixonHerb Klein
1996Memory RunDr. Munger
1996RainbowSam Cohen
1998Jerry and TomDogtrack victim
1999DickHenry Kissinger
2000The ContenderJerry Tolliver
2000The Family ManAlan Mintz
2001Rush Hour 2Red Dragon Box Man
2003The Singing DetectiveSkin Specialist
2003Baadasssss!Howard 'Howie' Kaufman
2005Santa's SlayMr. Green
2007WarDr. Sherman
2008A Broken LifeBoss
2008The ExpressArt Modell
2009The TrotskyDavid Bronstein
2010Barney's VersionMr. Charnofsky
2010Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!Martin Hirsch




  1. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography at
  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". 
  5. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (January 8, 2014). "Person Of Interest: "Aletheia"". 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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