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).
Rubinek in 2013
|Education||Camp B'nai Brith|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, playwright|
|Spouse(s)||Kate Lynch (divorced)|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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 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 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. 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.
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. In 2018, he was cast in a recurring role on the Amazon Prime series Hunters.
|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"|
|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|
|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|
|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
- 1980 Genie Award for Best Actor (Non-Feature): The Wordsmith (nominated)
- 1980 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: The Agency (nominated)
- 1982 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: Ticket to Heaven (won)
- 1983 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: By Design (nominated)
- 1989 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (nominated)
- 1998 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program: Hiroshima (nominated)
- 1998 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor: Pale Saints (nominated)
- 2008 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program: The Trojan Horse (nominated)
Broadcast Film Critics Association
- 2001 Alan J. Pakula Award for Artistic Excellence: The Contender (won)
FilmOut LGBT Film Festival
- 2010 Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor: Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! (nominated)
Sundance Film Festival
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