Birth: 02-07-1948, Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Germany

Saul Rubinek is a Canadian actor, director, producer and playwright, known for his work in TV, film and the stage.

 

Rubinek was born in Föhrenwald, Wolfratshausen, Germany, the son of Polish Jews Frania and Israel Rubinek, who was a factory worker, theater company manager, Yiddish Theatre actor, and Talmudic scholar. Rubinek's parents were hidden by farmers for over two years during World War II, and moved to Canada in 1948.

 

Early in his career Rubinek gained the attention of Canadian audiences when he starred as detective Benny Cooperman in two TV movies, The Suicide Murders (1985) and Murder Sees the Light (1986), which are based on books in author Howard Engel's popular series of mystery novels set in the Niagara Region of Canada.

 

In another TV movie, Liberace: Behind the Music (1988), he played Seymour Heller, the long-time friend and manager of Liberace.

 

In 2005 he directed the independent film, Cruel But Necessary. The following year he appeared in a supporting role in the 2009 Canadian feature comedy The Trotsky.

 

Co-produced the movie Jerry and Tom (1998) which became an official entry at Sundance in 1998 with wife Elinor Reid.

 

They have two children: Hannah (born 1991) and Sam (born 1995)