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John Rubinstein

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John Rubinstein
Rubinstein in April 2008
Born (1946-12-08) December 8, 1946 (age 77)
  • Actor
  • composer
  • director
Years active1967–present
(m. 1971; div. 1989)
Jane Lanier
(m. 1992; div. 2002)
Bonnie Burgess
(m. 2016)
Children5, including Michael Weston

John Rubinstein (born December 8, 1946) is an American actor, composer and director.[1][2]

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Early life

Rubinstein is the son of Polish parents. His mother, Aniela (née Młynarska), a dancer and writer, was a Roman Catholic native of Warsaw, the daughter of conductor Emil Młynarski. His father was Polish-Jewish concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein.[3][4][5][6] He attended El Rodeo Public School in Beverly Hills (K–2), Cours La Cascade in Paris, France (1954), and St. Bernard's School (3–8) and Collegiate School (New York City) (9–12) in New York City. He studied theater and music at the University of California, Los Angeles (1964–1967), and later composition at the Juilliard School in New York.[7]



He made his Broadway acting debut in 1972 and received a Theatre World Award for creating the title role in the musical Pippin, directed by Bob Fosse.[1] In 1980 he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayal of James Leeds in Mark Medoff's Children of a Lesser God,[1] directed by Gordon Davidson.

Other Broadway appearances were in Neil Simon's Fools, directed by Mike Nichols, and Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, which earned him a Drama Desk nomination; he replaced William Hurt as Eddie in David Rabe's Hurlyburly, replaced David Dukes in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, and starred in Getting Away with Murder, by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Jack O'Brien, and Ragtime, by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens. In 2014, he joined the Broadway cast of the hit revival of Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus, this time playing Pippin's father, Charlemagne; and subsequently repeated that role on the national tour throughout the United States and Japan in 2014–15.

In 1987, he made his off-Broadway debut at the Roundabout Theater as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, with Stephen Lang and John Wood, and subsequently performed in Urban Blight and Cabaret Verboten. In 2005, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, as well as nominations for both the Outer Critics' and Drama League Awards, for his portrayal of George Simon in Elmer Rice's Counsellor at Law.

His appearances in regional theaters include the musicals Camelot (at various times as "Tom of Warwick", "Mordred" and "King Arthur") and South Pacific; the role of "Billy" in David Rabe's Streamers, "Ariel" in The Tempest, "Marchbanks" in Shaw's Candida, both Sergius and Bluntschli (alternating nights with Richard Thomas) in Shaw's Arms and the Man, several roles in Arnold Weinstein's Metamorphoses, directed by Paul Sills at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Sight Unseen at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre, The Torch-Bearers, and Our Town at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arthur Miller's Broken Glass at Monterey Peninsula College, and Warren Smith in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

In 1985 he starred in Merrily We Roll Along at the La Jolla Playhouse, in a version newly re-written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by James Lapine. He was the original Andrew Ladd III in A. R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, opened the play in New York off-Broadway, and later performed it on Broadway, in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and on the QE II. He created the role of Molina in Kiss Of The Spider Woman, and the role of Kenneth Hoyle in Jon Robin Baitz's Three Hotels. In 1997, he played Tateh in the American premiere run of the musical Ragtime, by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens, at the Shubert Theater, Los Angeles, receiving both an L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination and a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actor in a Musical, and continued in the show both in Vancouver and on Broadway. He appeared opposite Donald Sutherland in Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt's Enigmatic Variations at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and at the Savoy Theatre in London's West End. He played the Wizard of Oz in Wicked at the Pantages Theatre for 18 months; and co-starred in the world premiere of the musical version of the film Grumpy Old Men at the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, staging Aphra Behn's The Rover, with Christopher Reeve and Kate Burton; the following season he directed the first American-cast production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Off-Broadway, he directed the New York premieres of Phantasie (by Sybille Pearson) and Nightingale (by Elizabeth Diggs), and the world premiere of A. R. Gurney's The Old Boy. At the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts, he staged Wait Until Dark. For NYU, he directed productions of The Three Sisters and Macbeth; for UCLA, Company; and for USC, Brigadoon, Into the Woods, On The Town, City of Angels, The Most Happy Fella, and Grand Hotel.

In Los Angeles, at Interact Theatre Company, of which he has been a member since 1992, he co-directed and starred in the revival of Elmer Rice's Counsellor at Law, winning the Dramalogue and L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards in both categories, as well as Ovation Awards for Ensemble Acting and Sound Design; the production itself won 22 awards; he also directed and acted in Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods and A Little Night Music, and in Meredith Willson's The Music Man. He also directed Sheridan's The Rivals and Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls.

In 2011, he provided commentary for the online broadcasting of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, a classical music competition held in Moscow, Russia. Twice, in 2013 and 2015, Rubinstein appeared in a performance of The Defiant Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.[citation needed]

Rubinstein is also the narrator of many audiobooks, and is known as the voice of Jonathan Kellerman's character Alex Delaware.

In 2016, it was announced that he would join fellow Tony-winner Christian Borle in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as Grandpa Joe, directed by Jack O'Brien.[8]

Currently starring as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Richard Hellesen's new play "Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground" produced by the New Los Angeles Repertory Company at Theatre at St. Clements in NYC, following performances at Theatre West and the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles .

He currently teaches a course in musical theater audition techniques at the University of Southern California, and directs their spring musicals.[9]

Film and television

Rubinstein's feature films include 21 Grams, Red Dragon,[2] Mercy, Another Stakeout,[2] Someone to Watch Over Me,[2] Daniel,[2] The Boys from Brazil,[2] Rome & Jewel, Jekyll, Kid Cop, Getting Straight,[2] Zachariah,[10] The Trouble with Girls, and The Car. He appears in the film Being the Ricardos as Jess Oppenheimer.[11]

Since 1965 he has acted in over 200 television films and miniseries episodes including The American Clock, Mrs. Harris, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, The Sleepwalker, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, Movieola and Roots: The Next Generations.

He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Maitland III in the ABC series Family, a role he played on a recurring basis over the course of the series; he also composed the series’ theme music. He starred for two years with Jack Warden in the CBS series Crazy Like a Fox. He has played recurring parts on The Fosters, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Parenthood, No Ordinary Family, Greek, The Wizards of Waverly Place, Dirty Sexy Money, Day Break, The Practice, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Young and the Restless, and Barbershop.[citation needed] He directed A Matter Of Conscience, which won the Emmy Award for Best Children's Special in 1990.

Personal life

Rubinstein is the father of five children: Jessica Katz, Michael Weston, Peter, Jacob, and Max.[citation needed]

Acting filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1967 Dragnet Paul Whidden Episode: "The Grenade"
The Virginian Billy Simmons Episode: "The Deadly Past"
Ironside 2nd Hippie Episode: "The Leaf in the Forest"
1969 The Trouble with Girls Princeton
Room 222 Martin Kaufman Episode: "The Flu"
1970 The Bold Ones: The Protectors Private Kelley Episode: "A Thing Not of God"
Getting Straight Herbert
The Young Lawyers Dan Fulton Episode: "We May Be Better Strangers"
The Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children Teddy, the Student Addict TV film
1971 Matt Lincoln Christopher Episode: "Christopher"
Zachariah Zachariah
Men at Law Ron Martin Episode: "Hostage"
Nichols Fred Buckerman Episode: "Paper Badge"
The Psychiatrist Randell File Episode: "Ex-Sgt. Randell File, U.S.A."
The Sandpit Generals Professor
The Mod Squad Larry Wheeler Episode: "Survival"
A Howling in the Woods Justin Conway TV film
1972 Something Evil Ernest Lincoln TV film
Cannon Larry Bolinger Episode: "A Deadly Quiet Town"
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Matt, Jr. Episode: "You Certainly Are a Big Boy"
1972, 1977 The Streets of San Francisco Lindy/Walter J. Young 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-O Harold/Joey Kalima 2 episodes
1975 All Together Now Bill Lindsay TV film
Police Woman Tommy Donlevy Episode: "Glitter with a Bullet"
Mr. & Ms. and the Magic Studio Mystery David TV film
Wide World Mystery David Episode: "Mr. & Mrs. and the Bandstand Mystery"
Movin’ On Gershon Simenov Episode: "Stowaway"
1975–1976 Harry O Jack Dawes/Richard Trask 2 episodes
Barnaby Jones Chris Garrison/Larry Christopher 2 episodes
1976 The Quest: The Longest Drive Wakely TV film
Barbary Coast Garrison Episode: "The Dawson Marker"
The Rookies Dr. Richard Komansky Episode: "The Mugging"
The Quest Wakely 2 episodes
1976–1980 Family Jeff Maitland 12 episodes
1977 The Car John Morris
Corey: For the People Dan Corey TV film
Lou Grant Andrew Martin Episode: "Hostages"
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Jaik Episode: "The Girl Nobody Knew"
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Major Dexter Episode: "The Deadly Toys"
1978 Happily Ever After Richy TV film
The Boys from Brazil David Bennett
1978–1987 The Love Boat George Allison/Jack Forbes/Allan Davis 4 episodes
1979 Vega$ Vance Spilroy Episode: "Best Friends"
Roots: The Next Generations Lieutenant Hamilton Ten Eyck TV mini-series
In Search of Historic Jesus Jesus
The French Atlantic Affair Herb Kleinfeld TV mini-series
She's Dressed to Kill Alan Lenz TV film
1979, 1984 Fantasy Island Johnny Court/Donald King 2 episodes
1980 Make Me an Offer Dr. Max Westcott TV film
The Silent Lovers Irving Thalberg TV film
1981 Killjoy Dr. Paul Trenton TV film
Skokie Herb Lewisohn TV film
1982 Freedom to Speak William Lloyd Garrison/Patrick Henry/Charles Lindbergh/Rabbi Stephen Wise TV mini-series
Quincy M.E. Dr. Walter Ross Episode: "Unreasonable Doubt"
1983 I Take These Men David Koenig TV film
Trapper John, M.D. Hank Palmer Episode: "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow"
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Steve White TV film
Daniel Robert Lewin
Emerald Point N.A.S. Lt. Cmdr. Edwards 3 episodes
1984 The Paper Chase Professor Wendell Peterson Episode: "Judgement Day"
1984–1986 Crazy Like a Fox Harrison Fox 19 episodes
1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Bratsie Bleeker TV film
Still Crazy Like a Fox Harrison Fox, Jr. TV film
Jake and the Fatman Brent Moore Episode: "Happy Days Are Here Again"
Someone to Watch Over Me Neil Steinhart
1988 Highway to Heaven Matthew Episode: "Time in a Bottle"
Hotel Cliff Phillips Episode: "Aftershocks"
Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun Arthur Kane TV film
Sam Found Out: A Triple Play Johnny TV film
Liberace Jamie TV film
Matlock Carl Benedict/Dr.Douglas Clark 4 episodes
1990 Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase Norman De Roin TV mini-series
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Tim Episode: "The Prodigal Son Mystery"
1992 In My Daughter's Name Ban Worrall TV film
Murder, She Wrote George Foster Episode: "The Classic Murder"
1993 Another Stakeout Thomas Hassrick, Las Vegas District Attorney
The American Clock Moe Baumler TV film
Frasier Phillip Hayson Episode: "The Crucible"
Against the Grain Mr. O’Brien Episode: "E Pluribus Unum"
1994 RoboCop Chip Chayken 4 episodes
NYPD Blue Mr. Bernstein Episode: "Double Abandando"
1994, 1996 Diagnosis: Murder Thomas Taylor/Peter Trent 2 episodes
1994, 1997 Party of Five Walter Alcott 2 episodes
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Emmet Vale Episode: "Metallo"
Star Trek: Voyager John Evansville Episode: "The 37s"
Mercy Frank Kramer
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Darryl F. Zanuck TV film
Superman Peterson (voice) Episode: "A Little Piece of Home"
Early Edition Marcus Episode: "The Choice"
Kid Cop Stan Dwerkin Straight-to-video
1997 ER Dr. Kenner Episode: "Night Shift"
The Sleepwalker Killing Dr. Frank Corrigan TV film
1998 The Practice Judge Joseph Papp 3 episodes
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Rev. Hoverstock TV film
Family Law Garwicz Episode: "Family Values"
2001 Boston Public Judge Joseph Papp Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"
The West Wing Sen. Andy Ritter Episode: "18th and Potomac"
Gideon's Crossing Larry Palmer Episode: "Clinical Enigma"
2001–2002 Angel Linwood Murrow 6 episodes
2002 Judging Amy James Pierpoint Episode: "Can They Do That with Vegetables?"
The District George Wilson Episode: "Wasteland"
She Spies Senator Thomas Jefferson Mitchell Episode: "First Episode"
Red Dragon Dinner Guest
The Guardian Sen. Nathan Caldwell 4 episodes
2002, 2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Mazarite Captain, Minister Kuvak Episodes: "Fallen Hero", "Awakening" & "Kir'Shara"
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Feldman Episode: "Underground Railroad"
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Ernest Serano (voice) Episode: "Stand Alone Complex"
Charmed Dr. Berenson Episode: "Cat House"
24 Secretary of State 2 episodes
The Division Doctor Bertman Episode: "Diagnosis"
21 Grams Gynecologist
The Lyon's Den Mr. Woodard Episode: "The Other Side of Caution"
Strong Medicine Lyle LaCouer Episode: "Prescriptions"
NCIS CIA Director Bob Episode: "Marine Down"
2004 Becker Dickie Episode: "Subway Story"
The Parkers Jonathan Episode: "She's Positive"
Friends The Doctor 2 episodes
2005 Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution Mark Geragos TV film
The Closer Dr. Brown Episode: "Pilot"
Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Phil Raphaelson TV film
Mrs. Harris Tarnower's Best Friend TV film
Barbershop Nicholas Kane 3 episodes
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Schuyler Episode: "Raw"
House M.D. Dr. Ayersman Episode: "The Mistake"
2006 Law & Order Mr. Thurber Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
Related Dr. Shapiro Episode: "The Godmother"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judge Crawford Episode: "The Unusual Suspect"
Cold Case Rafe Gray Episode: "Willkommen"
Criminal Minds Hayden Rawlings Episode: "P911"
Shark Lance Horning Episode: "Russo"
Girlfriends Dr. Wulfberg 3 episodes
2006–2007 Day Break Barry Colburn 5 episodes
2007 Sublime Dr. Lichterhand Straight-to-video film
Choose Connor Cary Evor
Jekyll Daniel Carew
2008 Seducing Spirits Dr. Ron Huffman
Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dr. Flynt Uncredited
The Delivery Lance/The Mad Hatter
Eli Stone Damon Smalls Episode: "The Humanitarian"
Rome & Jewel Major Capps
Dirty Sexy Money Dr. Zwerling 3 episodes
2009 Supernatural Charlie Episode: "Criss Angel Is a Douche Bag"
Brothers & Sisters Dr. Marc Wilson Episode: "Owning It"
Numb3rs Gene Evans Episode: "Disturbed"
Hawthorne Dr. Lee Episode: "No Guts, No Glory"
Greek Dr. Larsen 2 episodes
2009–2010 The Young and the Restless Dr. Charles Taylor 12 episodes
2009–2012 Desperate Housewives Principal Hobson 7 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Gorog 4 episodes
2012 Electric City Richard "Dick" Jacobs Web series
2013 Bones Mick Warren Episode: The Twist in the Plot
2014 Jessie Ivan Episode: "Spaced Out"
2015 The Atticus Institute Marcus Wheeler[12]
2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow Albert Einstein Episode: "Out of Time"
2017 Feud: Bette and Joan George Cukor 2 episodes
2018 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Daniel Webster Episode: "The Trial of Sabrina Spellman"
Dirty John Old William Episode: "Lord High Executioner"
Mom Professor Addison Episode: "Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime"
The Orville Prefect Episode: "All the World is Birthday Cake"
2019 Proven Innocent Clifford Episode: "SEAL Team Deep Six"
For All Mankind Dr. Marsden Episode: "Rupture"
Pearson Allan Steiner Episode: "The Donor"
Young Sheldon Rabbi Schneiderman Episode: "Albert Einstein and the Story of Another Mary"
2020 AJ and the Queen Doctor Episode: "Baton Rouge"
2021 Being the Ricardos Older Jess Oppenheimer
2021–2022 Claws Baron Axel von Reichler 6 episodes


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