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

Jan Rubeš
Jan Ladislav Rubeš

(1920-06-06)6 June 1920
Died29 June 2009(2009-06-29) (aged 89)
OccupationActor, opera singer
Years active1935-2006
Spouse(s)Susan Douglas (1950-2009; his death; 3 sons)


Life and careerEdit

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 at Toronto General Hospital.[1][3]

Awards and recognitionEdit


Motion picturesEdit

Television moviesEdit

Television seriesEdit

  • 1963: The Forest Rangers - Jaworski / Gregor Kowalski
  • 1970: Castle Zaremba - Col. Kazimir Zaremba
  • 1983: Vandenberg - Lewis Vanderberg
  • 1975-1983: Guess What (host)
  • 1985: Kane & Abel (miniseries) - The Polish Consul
  • 1985: Murder in Space - Gregory Denarenko
  • 1986: Kay O'Brien - Dr. Josef Wallach
  • 1986: Crossings (miniseries) - Isaac Zimmerman
  • 1988: Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show (as a special guest) - Jan Rubes
  • 1990: Street Legal (season 4, Episode 4X13 "Leon's Story") - Arthur Robinovitch
  • 1990: Max Glick - Augustus Glick
  • 1992-1993: By Way of the Stars (miniseries) - Hausierer Nathan
  • 1996: The X-Files (Episodes Tunguska [uncredited] and Terma) - Vassily Peskow
  • 1996-1998: Due South - Dr. Mort Gustafson
  • 1997: The Third Twin (miniseries)
  • 1999: The Outer Limits (Episode, "Tribunal") - Robert Greene / Older Karl Rademacher
  • 2000: Stargate SG-1 (season 3, Episode 21 "Crystal Skull") - Nicholas Ballard


  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,; 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. Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.

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