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Jan Rubes


B: June 6, 1920 in Volyne, Czechoslovakia

D: June 29, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario

Jan Rubes graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Music in 1945, and went on to become the youngest basso at the Prague Opera House. In 1948 he represented his homeland at the International Music Festival in Geneva where he was awarded first prize. Hoping to expand his musical career he immigrated to Canada on New Year`s Eve 1948. He was very influential in the development of opera in Canada and in particular had a long association with the Canadian Opera Company where he not only appeared on stage in a number of singing roles but also served as director of touring and development for the company. Although in film for many years, he began to be noticed after his role in the 1985 Harrison Ford feature, Witness. In 1995, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Jan Rubes died in Toronto on June 29th, 2009 after suffering a stroke.

Also see Susan Douglas Rubes

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Forbidden Journey (1950)

The Incredible Journey (1963)

Lions For Breakfast (1975)
Deadly Harvest (TV-1976)
The Day My Granddad Died (TV-1977)
Your Ticket is No Longer Valid (1979)

Mr. Patman (1980)
Utilities (1981)
The Amateur (1981)
Charlie Grant’s War (TV-1984)
Murder by Reason of Insanity (TV-1985)
Murder in Space (1985)
Witness (1985)
One Magic Christmas (1985)
Dead of Winter (1987)
Blood Relations (1987)
Two Men (TV-1988)
Something About Love (1988)
The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988)
No Blame (TV-1988)
This Kiss (1988)
The Experts (1989)
Courage Mountain (1989)
Cold Front (1989)
Blind Fear (1989)

The Amityville Curse (1990)
Descending Angel (TV-1990)
Deceived (1991)
Glass Action (1991)
On My Own (1992)
Devlin (TV-1992)
Coming of Age (1993)
Mesmer (1994)
The Birds II: Land’s End (TV-1994)
The Mighty Ducks 2 (1994)
Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (TV-1995)
Roommates (1995)
The Marriage Bed (TV-1996)
Never Too Late (1997)
Flood: A River’s Rampage (TV-1997)
The White Raven (1998)
Music from Another Room (1998)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
What Katy Did (TV-1999)
Nightmare Man (1999)

Believe (2000)
Anthrax (2001)
The Burial Society (2002)
The Republic of Love (2003)
Daniel and the Superdogs (2004)
Our Fathers (TV-2005)
Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life & Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté (2006)

TV Series – Cast:
Castle Zaremba (1970-1971)
Guess What (host, 1975-1983)

Vandenberg (1983)
Kane & Abel (1985, mini-series)
Crossings (1986, mini-series)
Kay O’Brien (1986)

Max Glick (1990-1992)
By Way of the Stars (1992, mini-series)
Due South (1996-1998)
The Third Twin (1997, mini-series)

Forbidden Journey movie poster
This poster for Forbidden Journey was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.