Saul Rubinek

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Saul Rubinek
Saul Rubinek SDCC 2013.jpg
Saul Rubinek at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born (1948-07-02) July 2, 1948 (age 70)
OccupationActor, Director, Producer and Playwright
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Kate Lynch (1977–?)[1]
Elinor Reid (1990–present; 2 children -- Hannah b. 1991; Sam b. 1995 [2]

Saul Rubinek (born July 2, 1948) is a German-born Canadian character 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). 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. He is also known for his role as Artie Nielsen in the Syfy TV series Warehouse 13.

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.[3][4][5]


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, 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 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 committed 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.[citation needed]

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 2001-02 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 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.[6][7]

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.

His 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.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1975, 1977 King of Kensington Jerry Beck
& Ansons Phelps
"The Gambler"
& "The End of the World"
1980 The Littlest Hobo Tim Reagan "Escape"
Bizarre various 30 minute sketch show
1983 The Terry Fox Story Dan Grey TV movie
1984 Seeing Things Jeffries "An Eye on the Future"
Hill Street Blues Armand Bittar "Fuched Again"
1985 The Suicide Murders Benny Cooperman TV movie
1985−1986 The Equalizer Jason Mazer "The Distant Fire",
"Dead Drop" & "Torn"
1986 Murder Sees the Light Benny Cooperman TV movie
1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater John Griffths Gotcha!
Liberace: Behind the Music Seymour Heller
Street Legal Grant Mitchell "The Homecoming"
1989 Men Paul Armas 6 episodes
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Kivas Fajo "The Most Toys"
1993 Matrix Stage Manager, Jeremy Winter "Collateral Damage"
And the Band Played On Dr. Jim Curran TV movie
1994 L.A. Law Harold Schoen "Finish Line"
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Brian Hoyle
1995, 1999 The Outer Limits Professor Hugaro
& Aaron Zgierski
"Caught in the Act"
& "Tribunal"
1996 Ink Alan Mesnick
1998 Blackjack Thomas TV movie
1999 The Practice Arnold Hunter "Home Invasion"
& "Infected"
Mentors Napoleon Bonaparte "Little Emperor"
1999−2002 Frasier Donny Douglas 15 episodes
2000 The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Saul Panzer TV movie
2001 Laughter on the 23rd Floor Ira Stone TV movie
2001−2002 Once and Again Colin Fleischer "Kind of Blue"
& "Chance of a Lifetime"
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Lon Cohen 10 episodes
2002 Gleason George "Bullets" Durgom TV movie
The Brady Bunch in the White House Sal Astor TV movie
2003 Coast to Coast Gary Pereira TV movie
Law & Order Ira Simpkis "Genius"
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Eli Morton TV movie
NYPD Blue Barry Tytel "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Saul Funkhouser "The Weatherman"
& "The 5 Wood"
Stargate SG-1 Emmett Bregman "Heroes"
Dr. Vegas Jonathan Selznick "Lust for Life"
Threat Matrix Peter Tomashevski "19 Seconds"
Jack & Bobby Nahum Mayhew "Today I am a Man"
2005 Blind Justice Dr. Alan Galloway 7 episodes
Lost Custody Attorney "Adrift"
2006 Jesse Stone: Night Passage Hasty Hathaway TV movie
Eureka Dr. Carl Carlson "Invincible"
2007 Masters of Horror Professor Harkinson "The Washingtonians"
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2008 Psych Lance "Lights, Camera... Homicidio"
The Trojan Horse Rafe Kott Part one
Boston Legal Donald Feldcamp "Kill, Baby, Kill"
2008−2012 Leverage Victor Dubenich 3 episodes
2009−2014 Warehouse 13 Artie Nielsen 64 episodes
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Hasty Hathaway TV movie
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mr. Price "Funny Valentine"
2013, 2014 Person of Interest Arthur Claypool "Lethe" & "Aletheia"
2015 Beauty & the Beast Dr. Glenroy "Heart of the Matter"
The Good Wife Judge Thomas Treem "Taxed"
2016 Angie Tribeca Pfoopa "Boyz II Dead"
Blue Bloods Sy Goodman "The Price of Justice"
2017 Doubt Judge Julius Routbort "Finally"
The Last Tycoon Louis B. Mayer 6 episodes
2018 Grey's Anatomy Rabbi Eli "One Day Like This"


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Agency Sam Goldstein
Death Ship Jackie/ship's comic
1981 Ticket to Heaven Larry
1981 Clown White Mr. Freed
1982 By Design Terry
Soup for One Allan
Young Doctors in Love Floyd Kurtzman
Highpoint Centino
1984 Against All Odds Steve Kirsch
1986 Sweet Liberty Bo Hodges
1987 Wall Street Harold Salt
1988 The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Rabbi Teitelman
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Jed Kramer
Falling Over Backwards Mel Rosenblum
1991 The Quarrel Hersh Rasseyner
1992 Man Trouble Laurence Moncrief
Unforgiven W.W. Beauchamp
1993 Undercover Blues Mr. Ferderber
True Romance Lee Donowitz
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Brian Hoyle
I Love Trouble Sam Smotherman
Getting Even with Dad Bobby Drace
1995 Hiroshima Leo Szilard
Nixon Herb Klein
1996 Memory Run Dr. Munger
Rainbow Sam Cohen
1997 Bad Manners Matt Carroll
Pale Saints Whitey
1998 Jerry and Tom Dogtrack victim
1999 Dick Henry Kissinger
2000 Lakeboat Cuthman
The Contender Jerry Tolliver
The Family Man Alan Mintz
2001 Rush Hour 2 Red Dragon Box Man
2002 Triggermen Jazzer
2003 The Singing Detective Skin Specialist
Baadasssss! Howard 'Howie' Kaufman
2005 Santa's Slay Mr. Green
2007 War Dr. Sherman
2008 A Broken Life Boss
Julia Mitch
The Express Art Modell
2009 The Trotsky David Bronstein
2010 Barney's Version Mr. Charnofsky
Knucklehead Rabbi
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Martin Hirsch
2015 Gridlocked Marty
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Frenchman Segment: "The Mortal Remains"




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  3. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Saul Rubinek Biography at
  5. ^ "A simple act of kindness saved lives"; Leslie Scrivener, Toronto Star, December 20, 2009
  6. ^ Fowler, Matt (December 17, 2013). "Person of Interest: "Lethe" Review".
  7. ^ Dyess-Nugent, Phil (January 8, 2014). "Person Of Interest: "Aletheia"". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Shenton, Mark. "Frank Oz to Direct Saul Rubinek's Terrible Advice at London's Menier Chocolate Factory" Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine., Playbill. July 11, 2011.

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