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Jan Rubes Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 6 June 1920Volyne, Czechoslovakia [now Volyne, Czech Republic]
Date of Death 29 June 2009Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (complications from a stroke)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Czechoslovakia. After graduating in 1945 from the Conservatory of Music in Prague, Jan Rubes 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". As well, he 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 lives in Toronto with his wife, actor/director Susan Douglas Rubes. They have three children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: lora5588@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Susan Douglas Rubes (22 September 1950 - 29 June 2009) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

Has a house in Ontario, Canada, where he lives in summer and a second home in Florida, USA, where he stays in winter.
Became a member of the Order of Canada in 1995, a civilian honour awarded to Canadian citizens for outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large.
Co-starred with his wife, Susan Douglas Rubes, in The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick.
In 2001 he and his family helped to establish The Christopher J. Rubes Center For EMS Studies, named after his physician son who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1996.
Father of actor Anthony Dean Rubes.
His autobiography, 'Jan Rubes: A Man of Many Talents' was published in Canada in 2007.
Ranked 2nd in Canada among competitive senior tennis players in 1991.
He appeared in the first CBC (Canada) telecast with pianist Glenn Gould in 1953.
He was a founding member of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. He performed with the company more than a thousand times between 1949 and 1989.
His grandson called Jasan Rubes. His name means "ash tree" in Slavic languages.

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