Jan Rubes Biography

Birthday: 1920-06-06
Place of Birth: Volyne, Czechoslovakia (now Volyne
Wiki Biography: Born in Czechoslovakia. After graduating in 1945 from the Conservatory of Music in Prague, Jan Rubes went on to join the Prague Opera House as their youngest basso singer. He also performed at the Pilsen Opera House in leading roles in his early years. By 1948, he was chosen to represent Czechoslovakia at the International Music Festival held in Geneva and won first prize in his category. He emigrated to Canada on New Year's Eve 1948 with hopes of creating a greater musical career. As a member of the Canadian Opera Company, he achieved recognition for his roles, as Boris in "Boris Godunov", Schigolch in "Lulu" and as Mephisto in "Faust". As well, he served as the company's director of touring and program development. Branching out into radio and, eventually, TV, he wrote and hosted from 1975-83 TVOntario's "Guess What?" and acted in many TV dramas, later receiving the Earle Grey Award for lifetime work in Canadian television. Most moviegoers would recognize Jan Rubes in Witness (1985) (a Harrison Ford film) where he portrayed an Amish patriarch. He lives in Toronto with his wife, actor/director Susan Douglas Rubes. They have three children.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Witness Eli Lapp Drama
Kay O'Brien Dr. Josef Wallach 1986 Drama
Roommates 1995 Comedy
Deceived Tomasz 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Witness Eli Lapp 1985
Witness Eli Lapp 1985 Comedy, 0, Biography
One Magic Christmas Santa Claus 1985
Blood Relations Andreas 1988 Horror
The Kiss Gordon Tobin 1988 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Something About Love Stan Olynyk 1988 Drama
The Experts Illyich 1989 Comedy
Blind Fear Lasky 1989 Thriller
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick 1990 Comedy, Drama, Music
Courage Mountain Grandfather 1990 Family, Adventure, Drama
The Amityville Curse Priest 1990 Horror
Cold Front Zoubov 1990 Crime
Il colore dei suoi occhi The Colonel 1993 Drama
The Birds II: Land's End Karl 1994
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 Action, Comedy, Drama
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story 1995
Roommates 1995 Comedy, Drama
Never Too Late Joseph 1996 Drama, Comedy
Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande Dr. Kassovitz 1997 Drama
Music from Another Room 1998 Biography, 0
The White Raven Markus Strand 1998 Action, Crime, Thriller
Believe Jason Stiles 2000 Family, Horror
Anthrax Arthur Kowalski 2001 Drama, Thriller
The Burial Society Marvin Telekunsky 2004
Daniel and the Superdogs The Colonel 2004 Drama
Dead of Winter 2014 Game Show
Deceived 2016 Game Show