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Jan Rubeš Biography,Career, Awards, Filmography, Personal Life and Death

Jan Rubeš Biography

Jan Ladislav Rubeš CM was a Czech-Canadian bass opera singer and actor born on 6 June 1920 . Rubeš was born in Volyně, Czechoslovakia, to Ružena and Jan Rubeš. Not long after World War II, he graduated from the Prague Conservatoire and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer.

Jan Rubeš Career

In 1948, he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Festival, and emigrated to Canada at the end of the year to pursue a career in a wider sphere. Beginning as a singer with the Canadian Opera Company, he subsequently directed and became director of touring, before switching to radio and television, where he became known as an actor and presenter well known in Canada. He is noted for his portrayal of Amish patriarch Eli Lapp in Peter Weir’s major-market film Witness and Jan in D2: The Mighty Ducks.

Jan Rubeš Personal Life

On 22 September 1950, Rubeš was married to actress Susan Douglas; the couple had three sons: Dr. Christopher Jan Rubeš,died 1996, Jonathan Mark Rubeš, and Anthony Dean Rubeš. His grandson is named Jasan Rubeš.

Jan Rubeš Death

On 29 June 2009, Rubeš died following a stroke in Toronto General Hospital.

Jan Rubeš Awards and recognition

  • 1989: nominee, 10th Genie Awards, Best Actor, Something About Love
  • 1990: winner, Earle Grey Award
  • 1995: appointed Member, Order of Canada
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Jan Rubeš Filmography

  1. 1950: Forbidden Journey
  2. 1963: The Incredible Journey
  3. 1975: Lions For Breakfast
  4. 1979: Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid
  5. 1980: Mr. Patman
  6. 1981: The Amateur
  7. 1983: Utilities
  8. 1985: Murder in Space
  9. 1985: One Magic Christmas
  10. 1985: Witness
  11. 1987: Blood Relations
  12. 1987: Dead of Winter
  13. 1988: The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick
  14. 1988: Something About Love
  15. 1988: This Kiss
  16. 1989: Blind Fear
  17. 1989: Cold Front
  18. 1989: Courage Mountain
  19. 1975: Deadly Harvest
  20. 1977: The Day My Granddad Died
  21. 1984: Charlie Grant’s War
  22. 1985: Murder by Reason of Insanity
  23. 1988: No Blame
  24. 1988: Two Men
  25. 1990: Descending Angel
  26. 1992: Devlin
  27. 1994: The Birds II: Land’s End
  28. 1994: Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio
  29. 1963: The Forest Rangers
  30. 1970-1971: Castle Zaremba
  31. 1983: Vandenberg
  32. 1975-1983: Guess What (host)
  33. 1985: Kane & Abel (miniseries)
  34. 1986: Crossings (miniseries)
  35. 1986: Kay O’Brien
  36. 1988: Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show (as a special guest)
  37. 1990: Street Legal (1987 TV series) (season 4) Episode 4X13 “Leon’s Story”
  38. 1990-1992: Max Glick
  39. 1992: By Way of the Stars (miniseries)
  40. 1996: The X-Files (Episodes Tunguska and Terma)
  41. 1996-1998: Due South
  42. 1997: The Third Twin (miniseries)

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