Saul Rubinek

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), Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), True Romance (1993), and the Academy Award-winning Western Unforgiven (1992).[3]

Saul Rubinek
Rubinek in 2013
Born (1948-07-02) July 2, 1948
EducationCamp B'nai Brith
OccupationActor, Director, Producer, Playwright
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Kate Lynch (divorced)[1]
Elinor Reid (m. 1990)

Rubinek is also 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.

Early life

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.[4][5][6]


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.[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.[7] 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), 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 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 based on Joel Silver and Harvey Weinstein.[8]

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.

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 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, 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.[9][10]

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.[11] In 2018, he was cast in a recurring role on the Amazon Prime series Hunters.



YearTitleRole DirectorNotes
1968 Slow Run Narrator (voice) Laurence Kardish Short film
1980 Death ShipJackie Alvin Rakoff
The AgencySam Goldstein George KaczenderNominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nothing Personal Pete Braden George Bloomfield Uncredited
1981Ticket to HeavenLarry Ralph L. ThomasGenie Award for Best Supporting Actor
By Design Terry Loeb Claude Jutra Nominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1982 Soup for OneAllan Jonathan Kaufer
Young Doctors in LoveFloyd Kurtzman Garry Marshall
HighpointCentino Peter Carter
1984Against All OddsSteve Kirsch Taylor Hackford
1985 Martin's Day Hitchhiker Alan Gibson
1986Sweet LibertyBo Hodges Alan Alda
1987Wall StreetHarold Salt Oliver Stone
Taking CareCarl Clarke Mackey
1988The Outside Chance of Maximilian GlickRabbi Teitelman Allan A. GoldsteinNominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990The Bonfire of the VanitiesJed Kramer Brian De Palma
Falling Over BackwardsMel Rosenblum Mort Ransen
1991The QuarrelHersh Rasseyner Eli Cohen
1992Man TroubleLaurence Moncrief Bob Rafelson
UnforgivenW.W. Beauchamp Clint Eastwood
1993Undercover BluesMr. Ferderber Herbert Ross
Death Wish V: The Face of DeathBrian Hoyle Allan A. Goldstein
True RomanceLee Donowitz Tony Scott
1994 I Love TroubleSam Smotherman Charles Shyer
Getting Even with DadBobby Drace Howard Deutch
1995 NixonHerb Klein Oliver Stone
1996Memory RunDr. Munger Allan A. Goldstein
RainbowSam Cohen Bob Hoskins
1997Bad MannersMatt Carroll Jonathan Kaufer
Pale SaintsWhitey J. H. WymanNominated- Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998Jerry and TomDogtrack Victim HimselfDirectorial Debut
1999DickHenry Kissinger Andrew Fleming
2000LakeboatCuthman Joe Mantegna
The ContenderJerry Tolliver Rod LurieCritics' Choice Alan J. Pakula Award for Artistic Excellence
The Family ManAlan Mintz Brett Ratner
2001Rush Hour 2Red Dragon Box ManCameo appearance
2002TriggermenJazzer John Bradshaw
2003The Singing DetectiveSkin Specialist Keith Gordon
Hollywood North Paul Linder Peter O'Brian
Baadasssss!Howie Kaufman Mario Van Peebles
2004 Pursued Dexter O'Neill Kristoffer Tabori
Intern Academy Dr. Sam Bonnert Dave Thomas
2005Santa's SlayMr. Green David Steiman
Cruel but Necessary N/A Himself Also producer
2007WarDr. Sherman Philip Atwell
2008A Broken LifeBoss Neil Coombs
JuliaMitch Erick Zonca
The Express: The Ernie Davis StoryArt Modell Gary Fleder
2009The TrotskyDavid Bronstein Jacob Tierney
2010Barney's VersionMr. Charnofsky Richard J. Lewis
KnuckleheadRabbi Michael W. WatkinsCameo appearance
Kill Me Please M. Breiman Olias Barco
Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!Martin Hirsch Evgeny AfineevskyFilmOut Audience Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015GridlockedMarty Allan Ungar
2018The Ballad of Buster ScruggsFrenchman/René Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Segment: "The Mortal Remains"


1975–77King of KensingtonJerry Beck / Ansons PhelpsEpisodes: "The Gambler" & "The End of the World"
1979 The Wordsmith Mervyn Kaplansky Television film

Nominated- Genie Award for Best Actor (Non-Feature)

1980The Littlest HoboTim ReaganEpisode: "Escape"
BizarreHimself/Various24 episodes
1981 Clown White Mr. Freed Television film
1983The Terry Fox StoryDan Grey
1984Seeing ThingsJeffriesEpisode: "An Eye on the Future"
Hill Street BluesArmand BittarEpisode: "Fuched Again"
1985The Suicide MurdersBenny CoopermanTelevision film
1985–86The EqualizerJason Mazer3 episodes
1986Murder Sees the LightBenny CoopermanTelevision film
1988The Ray Bradbury TheaterJohn GriffthsEpisode: "Gotcha!"
Liberace: Behind the MusicSeymour HellerTelevision film
Street LegalGrant MitchellEpisode: "The Homecoming"
1989MenPaul Armas6 episodes
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationKivas FajoEpisode: "The Most Toys"
1993MatrixJeremy WinterEpisode: "Collateral Damage"
And the Band Played OnDr. Jim CurranTelevision film
1994L.A. LawHarold SchoenEpisode: "Finish Line"
1995 Hiroshima Dr. Leo Szilard Television film
1995–99The Outer LimitsProfessor Hugaro/Aaron ZgierskiEpisode: "Caught in the Act" & "Tribunal"
1996InkAlan Mesnick22 episodes
1998BlackjackThomasTelevision film
1999The PracticeArnold HunterEpisodes: "Home Invasions" & "Infected"
MentorsNapoleon BonaparteEpisodes: "Little Emperor"
1999–2002FrasierDonny Douglas15 episodes
2000The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe MysterySaul PanzerTelevision film
2001Laughter on the 23rd FloorIra Stone
2001-02Once and AgainColin FleischerEpisodes: "Kind of Blue" & "Chance of a Lifetime"
A Nero Wolfe MysteryLon Cohen10 episodes
2002GleasonGeorge "Bullets" DurgomTelevision film
The Brady Bunch in the White HouseSal Astor
2003Coast to CoastGary Pereira
Law & OrderIra SimpkisEpisode: "Genius"
And Starring Pancho Villa as HimselfEli MortonTelevision film
NYPD BlueBarry TytelEpisode: "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax"
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmDr. Saul FunkhouserEpisodes: "The Weatherman" & "The 5 Wood"
Stargate SG-1Emmett BregmanEpisode: "Heroes"
Dr. VegasJonathan SelznickEpisode: "Lust for Life"
Threat MatrixPeter TomashevskiEpisode: "19 Seconds"
Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Dr. Paul Fleiss Television film
Jack & BobbyNahum MayhewEpisode: "Today I am a Man"
2005Blind JusticeDr. Alan Galloway7 episodes
Trump Unauthorized Peter Wennik Television film
LostCustody AttorneyEpisode: "Adrift"
2006Jesse Stone: Night PassageHasty HathawayTelevision film
EurekaDr. Carl CarlsonEpisode: "Invincible"
2007Masters of HorrorProfessor HarkinsonEpisode: "The Washingtonians"
Jesse Stone: Sea ChangeHasty HathawayTelevision film
Blackout Sol
2008PsychLanceEpisode: "Lights, Camera... Homicidio"
The Trojan HorseRafe KottTelevision film
Boston LegalDonald Feldcamp"Kill, Baby, Kill"
2008–12LeverageVictor Dubenich3 episodes
2009–14Warehouse 13Artie Nielsen64 episodes
2010Jesse Stone: No RemorseHasty HathawayTelevision film
2011Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost
2012Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMr. PriceEpisode: "Funny Valentine"
2013–14Person of InterestArthur ClaypoolEpisodes: "Lethe" & "Aletheia"
2015Beauty & the BeastDr. GlenroyEpisode: "Heart of the Matter"
The Good WifeJudge Thomas TreemEpisode: "Taxed"
2016Angie TribecaPfoopaEpisode "Boyz II Dead"
Blue BloodsSy GoodmanEpisode: "The Price of Justice"
2017DoubtJudge Julius RoutbortEpisode: "Finally"
The Last TycoonLouis B. Mayer6 episodes
2018Grey's AnatomyRabbi EliEpisode: "One Day Like This"
The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselPaulyEpisode: "We're Going to the Catskills!"
2019HuntersMurray MarkowitzUpcoming


Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

Broadcast Film Critics Association

  • 2001 Alan J. Pakula Award for Artistic Excellence: The Contender (won)

FilmOut LGBT Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival



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