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Saul Rubinek (1948)

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Saul Rubinek is a Canadian actor, director, producer and playwright, known for his work in TV, film and the stage.

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 early life
Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Germany, the son of Polish Jews Frania and Israel Rubinek, who was a factory worker, theater company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, and Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by farmers for over two years during World War II, and moved to Canada in 1948.

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Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV movies, The Suicide Murders and Murder Sees the Light , which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada. In another TV movie, Liberace: Behind the Music , he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace.

Rubinek appeared in Taylor Hackford's Against All Odds , Oliver Stone's Wall Street as a lawyer, and in Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities , again as a lawyer, and in The Quarrel . He is also noted for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven as a pulp fiction writer. He had a notable role in Tony Scott's True Romance as a pompous, cocaine-addicted movie producer. He also 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 subsequently succeeded in committing 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 . He also had a cameo appearance as a casino pit boss in the movie Rush Hour 2.

In 2000 Rubinek played Detective Saul Panzer in The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery, the series pilot for the 2001-2002 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 in the supporting role of Hastings Hathaway in the Jesse Stone series of TV movies from 2006 to 2011. 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 Washingtonians", a 2007 episode of the TV series Masters of Horror, 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.

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 currently stars in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 as Artie Nielsen, a covert agent employed by a secretive council to recover mystical artifacts with his team.

Rubinek's 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.

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