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John Rubinstein (born December 8, 1946) is an American actor, composer and director.
|Born||December 8, 1946|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1971; div. 1989)
(m. 1992; div. 2002)
|Children||5, including Michael Weston|
Rubinstein is 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-Jewish concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein. He attended El Rodeo Public School in Beverly Hills (K–2), Cours La Cascade in Paris, France (1954), and St. Bernard's School (3–8) and Collegiate School (New York City) (9–12) in New York City. He studied theater and music at the University of California, Los Angeles (1964–1967), and later composition at the Juilliard School in New York.
He made his Broadway acting debut in 1972 and received a Theatre 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, and Ragtime, by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens. In 2014, he joined the Broadway cast of the hit revival of Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus, this time playing Pippin's father, Charlemagne; and subsequently repeated that role on the national tour throughout the United States and Japan in 2014–15.
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.
His appearances in regional theaters include the musicals Camelot (at various times as "Tom of Warwick", "Mordred" and "King Arthur") and South Pacific; the role of "Billy" in David Rabe's Streamers, "Ariel" in The Tempest, "Marchbanks" in Shaw's Candida, both Sergius and Bluntschli (alternating nights with Richard Thomas) in Shaw's Arms and the Man, several roles in Arnold Weinstein's Metamorphoses, directed by Paul Sills at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Sight Unseen at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre, The Torch-Bearers, and Our Town at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at Monterey Peninsula College, and Warren Smith in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
In 1985 he starred in Merrily We Roll Along at the La Jolla Playhouse, in a version newly re-written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by James Lapine. He was the original Andrew Ladd III in A. R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, opened the play in New York off-Broadway, and later performed it on Broadway, in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and on the QE II. He created the role of Molina in Kiss Of The Spider Woman, and the role of Kenneth Hoyle in Jon Robin Baitz's Three Hotels. In 1997, he played Tateh in the American premiere run of the musical Ragtime, by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens, at the Shubert Theater, Los Angeles, receiving both an L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination and a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actor in a Musical, and continued in the show both in Vancouver and on Broadway. He appeared opposite Donald Sutherland in Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Enigmatic Variations at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End. He played the Wizard of Oz in Wicked at the Pantages Theatre for 18 months; and co-starred in the world premiere of the musical version of the film Grumpy Old Men at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.
In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, staging Aphra Behn's The Rover, with Christopher Reeve and Kate Burton; the following season he directed the first American-cast production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Off-Broadway, he directed the New York premieres of Phantasie (by Sybille Pearson) and Nightingale (by Elizabeth Diggs), and the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's The Old Boy. At the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, he staged Wait Until Dark. For NYU, he directed productions of The Three Sisters and Macbeth; for UCLA, Company; and for USC, Brigadoon, Into the Woods, On The Town, City of Angels, The Most Happy Fella, and Grand Hotel.
In Los Angeles, at Interact Theatre Company, of which he has been a member since 1992, he co-directed and starred in the revival of Elmer Rice's Counsellor at Law, winning the Dramalogue and L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards in both categories, as well as Ovation Awards for Ensemble Acting and Sound Design; the production itself won 22 awards; he also directed and acted in Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods and A Little Night Music, and in Meredith Willson's The Music Man. He also directed Sheridan's The Rivals and Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls.
In 2011, he provided commentary for the online broadcasting of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow, Russia. Twice, in 2013 and 2015, Rubinstein appeared in a performance of The Defiant Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.
Rubinstein is also the narrator of many audiobooks, and is known as the voice of Jonathan Kellerman's character Alex Delaware.
In 2016, it was announced that he would join fellow Tony-winner Christian Borle in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Grandpa Joe, directed by Jack O'Brien.
He currently teaches a course in musical theater audition techniques at the University of Southern California, and directs their spring musicals.
Film and televisionEdit
Rubinstein's feature films include 21 Grams, Red Dragon, Mercy, Another Stakeout, Someone to Watch Over Me, Daniel, The Boys from Brazil, Rome & Jewel, Jekyll, Kid Cop, Getting Straight, Zachariah, The Trouble with Girls, and The Car. He appears in the film Being the Ricardos as Jess Oppenheimer. 
Since 1965 he has acted in over 200 television films and miniseries episodes including The American Clock, Mrs. Harris, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, The Sleepwalker, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, Movieola and Roots: The Next Generations.
He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Maitland III in the ABC series Family, a role he played on a recurring basis over the course of the series; he also composed the series’ theme music. He starred for two years with Jack Warden in the CBS series Crazy Like a Fox. He has played recurring parts on The Fosters, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Parenthood, No Ordinary Family, Greek, The Wizards of Waverly Place, Dirty Sexy Money, Day Break, The Practice, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Young and the Restless, and Barbershop. He directed A Matter Of Conscience, which won the Emmy Award for Best Children's Special in 1990.
Rubinstein is the father of five children: Jessica Katz, Michael Weston, Peter, Jacob, and Max.
|1967||Dragnet||Paul Whidden||Episode: "The Grenade"|
|The Virginian||Billy Simmons||Episode: "The Deadly Past"|
|Ironside||2nd Hippie||Episode: "The Leaf in the Forest"|
|1969||The Trouble with Girls||Princeton|
|Room 222||Martin Kaufman||Episode: "The Flu"|
|1970||The Bold Ones: The Protectors||Private Kelley||Episode: "A Thing Not of God"|
|The Young Lawyers||Dan Fulton||Episode: "We May Be Better Strangers"|
|The Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children||Teddy, the Student Addict||TV film|
|1971||Matt Lincoln||Christopher||Episode: "Christopher"|
|Men at Law||Ron Martin||Episode: "Hostage"|
|Nichols||Fred Buckerman||Episode: "Paper Badge"|
|The Psychiatrist||Randell File||Episode: "Ex-Sgt. Randell File, U.S.A."|
|The Sandpit Generals||Professor|
|The Mod Squad||Larry Wheeler||Episode: "Survival"|
|A Howling in the Woods||Justin Conway||TV film|
|1972||Something Evil||Ernest Lincoln||TV film|
|Cannon||Larry Bolinger||Episode: "A Deadly Quiet Town"|
|The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Matt, Jr.||Episode: "You Certainly Are a Big Boy"|
|1972, 1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Lindy/Walter J. Young||2 episodes|
|Hawaii Five-O||Harold/Joey Kalima||2 episodes|
|1975||All Together Now||Bill Lindsay||TV film|
|Police Woman||Tommy Donlevy||Episode: "Glitter with a Bullet"|
|Mr. & Ms. and the Magic Studio Mystery||David||TV film|
|Wide World Mystery||David||Episode: "Mr. & Mrs. and the Bandstand Mystery"|
|1975–1976||Harry O||Jack Dawes/Richard Trask||2 episodes|
|Barnaby Jones||Chris Garrison/Larry Christopher||2 episodes|
|1976||The Quest: The Longest Drive||Wakely||TV film|
|Barbary Coast||Garrison||Episode: "The Dawson Marker"|
|The Rookies||Dr. Richard Komansky||Episode: "The Mugging"|
|The Quest||Wakely||2 episodes|
|1976–1980||Family||Jeff Maitland||12 episodes|
|1977||The Car||John Morris|
|Corey: For the People||Dan Corey||TV film|
|Lou Grant||Andrew Martin||Episode: "Hostages"|
|What Really Happened to the Class of '65?||Jaik||Episode: "The Girl Nobody Knew"|
|The New Adventures of Wonder Woman||Major Dexter||Episode: "The Deadly Toys"|
|1978||Happily Ever After||Richy||TV film|
|The Boys from Brazil||David Bennett|
|1978–1987||The Love Boat||George Allison/Jack Forbes/Allan Davis||4 episodes|
|1979||Vega$||Vance Spilroy||Episode: "Best Friends"|
|Roots: The Next Generations||Lieutenant Hamilton Ten Eyck||TV mini-series|
|In Search of Historic Jesus||Jesus|
|The French Atlantic Affair||Herb Kleinfeld||TV mini-series|
|She's Dressed to Kill||Alan Lenz||TV film|
|1979, 1984||Fantasy Island||Johnny Court/Donald King||2 episodes|
|1980||Make Me an Offer||Dr. Max Westcott||TV film|
|The Silent Lovers||Irving Thalberg||TV film|
|1981||Killjoy||Dr. Paul Trenton||TV film|
|Skokie||Herb Lewisohn||TV film|
|1982||Freedom to Speak||William Lloyd Garrison/Patrick Henry/Charles Lindbergh/Rabbi Stephen Wise||TV mini-series|
|Quincy M.E.||Dr. Walter Ross||Episode: "Unreasonable Doubt"|
|1983||I Take These Men||David Koenig||TV film|
|Trapper John, M.D.||Hank Palmer||Episode: "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow"|
|M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers||Steve White||TV film|
|Emerald Point N.A.S.||Lt. Cmdr. Edwards||3 episodes|
|1984||The Paper Chase||Professor Wendell Peterson||Episode: "Judgement Day"|
|1984–1986||Crazy Like a Fox||Harrison Fox||19 episodes|
|1987||The Two Mrs. Grenvilles||Bratsie Bleeker||TV film|
|Still Crazy Like a Fox||Harrison Fox, Jr.||TV film|
|Jake and the Fatman||Brent Moore||Episode: "Happy Days Are Here Again"|
|Someone to Watch Over Me||Neil Steinhart|
|1988||Highway to Heaven||Matthew||Episode: "Time in a Bottle"|
|Hotel||Cliff Phillips||Episode: "Aftershocks"|
|Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun||Arthur Kane||TV film|
|Sam Found Out: A Triple Play||Johnny||TV film|
|Matlock||Carl Benedict/Dr.Douglas Clark||4 episodes|
|1990||Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase||Norman De Roin||TV mini-series|
|1991||Father Dowling Mysteries||Tim||Episode: "The Prodigal Son Mystery"|
|1992||In My Daughter's Name||Ban Worrall||TV film|
|Murder, She Wrote||George Foster||Episode: "The Classic Murder"|
|1993||Another Stakeout||Thomas Hassrick, Las Vegas District Attorney|
|The American Clock||Moe Baumler||TV film|
|Frasier||Phillip Hayson||Episode: "The Crucible"|
|Against the Grain||Mr. O’Brien||Episode: "E Pluribus Unum"|
|1994||RoboCop||Chip Chayken||4 episodes|
|NYPD Blue||Mr. Bernstein||Episode: "Double Abandando"|
|1994, 1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Thomas Taylor/Peter Trent||2 episodes|
|1994, 1997||Party of Five||Walter Alcott||2 episodes|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Emmet Vale||Episode: "Metallo"|
|Star Trek: Voyager||John Evansville||Episode: "The 37s"|
|1996||Norma Jean & Marilyn||Darryl F. Zanuck||TV film|
|Superman||Peterson||Episode: "A Little Piece of Home"|
|Early Edition||Marcus||Episode: "The Choice"|
|Kid Cop||Stan Dwerkin||Straight-to-video|
|1997||ER||Dr. Kenner||Episode: "Night Shift"|
|The Sleepwalker Killing||Dr. Frank Corrigan||TV film|
|1998||The Practice||Judge Joseph Papp||3 episodes|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town||Rev. Hoverstock||TV film|
|Family Law||Garwicz||Episode: "Family Values"|
|2001||Boston Public||Judge Joseph Papp||Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"|
|The West Wing||Sen. Andy Ritter||Episode: "18th and Potomac"|
|Gideon's Crossing||Larry Palmer||Episode: "Clinical Enigma"|
|2001–2002||Angel||Linwood Murrow||6 episodes|
|2002||Judging Amy||James Pierpoint||Episode: "Can They Do That with Vegetables?"|
|The District||George Wilson||Episode: "Wasteland"|
|She Spies||Senator Thomas Jefferson Mitchell||Episode: "First Episode"|
|Red Dragon||Dinner Guest|
|The Guardian||Sen. Nathan Caldwell||4 episodes|
|2002, 2004||Star Trek: Enterprise||Mazarite Captain, Minister Kuvak||Episodes: "Fallen Hero", "Awakening" & "Kir'Shara"|
|2003||Without a Trace||Dr. Feldman||Episode: "Underground Railroad"|
|Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex||Ernest Serano (voice)||Episode: "Stand Alone Complex"|
|Charmed||Dr. Berenson||Episode: "Cat House"|
|24||Secretary of State||2 episodes|
|The Division||Doctor Bertman||Episode: "Diagnosis"|
|The Lyon's Den||Mr. Woodard||Episode: "The Other Side of Caution"|
|Strong Medicine||Lyle LaCouer||Episode: "Prescriptions"|
|NCIS||CIA Director Bob||Episode: "Marine Down"|
|2004||Becker||Dickie||Episode: "Subway Story"|
|The Parkers||Jonathan||Episode: "She's Positive"|
|Friends||The Doctor||2 episodes|
|2005||Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution||Mark Geragos||TV film|
|The Closer||Dr. Brown||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Jane Doe: The Wrong Face||Phil Raphaelson||TV film|
|Mrs. Harris||Tarnower's Best Friend||TV film|
|Barbershop||Nicholas Kane||3 episodes|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Schuyler||Episode: "Raw"|
|House M.D.||Dr. Ayersman||Episode: "The Mistake"|
|2006||Law & Order||Mr. Thurber||Episode: "Heart of Darkness"|
|Related||Dr. Shapiro||Episode: "The Godmother"|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Judge Crawford||Episode: "The Unusual Suspect"|
|Cold Case||Rafe Gray||Episode: "Willkommen"|
|Criminal Minds||Hayden Rawlings||Episode: "P911"|
|Shark||Lance Horning||Episode: "Russo"|
|Girlfriends||Dr. Wulfberg||3 episodes|
|2006–2007||Day Break||Barry Colburn||5 episodes|
|2007||Sublime||Dr. Lichterhand||Straight-to-video film|
|Choose Connor||Cary Evor|
|2008||Seducing Spirits||Dr. Ron Huffman|
|Sweet Nothing in My Ear||Dr. Flynt||Uncredited|
|The Delivery||Lance/The Mad Hatter|
|Eli Stone||Damon Smalls||Episode: "The Humanitarian"|
|Rome & Jewel||Major Capps|
|Dirty Sexy Money||Dr. Zwerling||3 episodes|
|2009||Supernatural||Charlie||Episode: "Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag"|
|Brothers & Sisters||Dr. Marc Wilson||Episode: "Owning It"|
|Numb3rs||Gene Evans||Episode: "Disturbed"|
|Hawthorne||Dr. Lee||Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"|
|Greek||Dr. Larsen||2 episodes|
|2009–2010||The Young and the Restless||Dr. Charles Taylor||12 episodes|
|2009–2012||Desperate Housewives||Principal Hobson||7 episodes|
|2011||Wizards of Waverly Place||Gorog||4 episodes|
|2012||Electric City||Richard "Dick" Jacobs||Web series|
|2013||Bones||Mick Warren||Episode: The Twist in the Plot|
|2014||Jessie||Ivan||Episode: "Spaced Out"|
|2015||The Atticus Institute||Marcus Wheeler|
|2016||DC's Legends of Tomorrow||Albert Einstein||Episode: "Out of Time"|
|2017||Feud: Bette and Joan||George Cukor||2 episodes|
|2018||Chilling Adventures of Sabrina||Daniel Webster||Episode: "The Trial of Sabrina Spellman"|
|Dirty John||Old William||Episode: "Lord High Executioner"|
|Mom||Professor Addison||Episode: "Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime"|
|The Orville||Prefect||Episode: "All the World is Birthday Cake"|
|2019||Proven Innocent||Clifford||Episode: "SEAL Team Deep Six"|
|For All Mankind||Dr. Marsden||Episode: "Rupture"|
|Pearson||Allan Steiner||Episode: "The Donor"|
|Young Sheldon||Rabbi Schneiderman||Episode: "Albert Einstein and the Story of Another Mary"|
|2020||AJ and the Queen||Doctor||Episode: "Baton Rouge"|
|2021||Being the Ricardos||Older Jess Oppenheimer|
|2021–present||Claws||Baron Axel von Reichler||3 episodes|
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