Jan Rubes

Jan Rubes

actor, director, producer

Jan Rubes was born on Jun 06, 1920 in Czech Republic]. Jan Rubes's big-screen debut came with The Incredible Journey directed by Fletcher Markle in 1963, strarring Carl Nurmi. Jan Rubes is known for Our Fathers directed by Dan Curtis, Ted Danson stars as Mitchell Garabedian and Christopher Plummer as Cardinal Bernard Law. Jan Rubes has got 2 awards and 3 nominations so far. The most recent award Jan Rubes achieved is Gemini Awards. The upcoming new movie Jan Rubes plays is Our Fathers which will be released on May 21, 2005.

Jan Rubes was born in Volyne, Czechoslovakia, to Ruzena (Kellnerov√°) and Jan Rubes. After graduating in 1945 from the Conservatory of Music in Prague, he 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". He also 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 lived in Toronto with his wife, actor/director Susan Douglas Rubes. They had three children.

  • Birthday

    Jun 06, 1920
  • Place of Birth

    Volyne, Czechoslovakia [now Volyne, Czech Republic]

Known For


2 wins & 3 nominations

Gemini Awards
Winner - Earle Grey Award
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor
Winner - Gemini
Two Men (1988)

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows