Born in a German refugee camp, actor Saul Rubinek was raised in Canada, where he began his career. After several years of activity with the Toronto Free Theater, the versatile Rubinek headed for New York, where he worked in repertory and on Broadway. Rubinek's performance as the best friend of religious cult member Nick Mancuso in the little-seen Ticket to Heaven (1981) was a critical coup for the actor. A reliable presence in such meaty supporting roles as the Ned Buntline-ish dime novelist in The Unforgiven (1994), and Hollywood producer Lee Donowitz in True Romance, Rubinek would spend the coming decades working steadily in films like I Love Trouble and Nixon, as well as on TV shows like A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Frasier, Blind Justice, and Warehouse 13.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Began acting professionally, in Canada, when he was 10.
- Won a Genie Award (Canada's version of an Oscar) for his supporting role in the 1981 film Ticket to Heaven.
- Wrote and produced So Many Miracles, a 1987 documentary about his parents' experiences during the Holocaust. Born in a Holocaust-survivor camp, he also played a Nazi hunter on an episode of Outer Limits called "The Tribunal."
- Played biographer W. W. Beauchamp in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning 1992 film, Unforgiven. He told bullz-eye.com that he so loved that experience that "I would have paid them to let me be in the movie."
- Was cast alongside Dan Hedaya in two different movies about Richard Nixon: 1995's Nixon and 1999's Dick.