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John Rubinstein


John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein (in April 2008)
Born John Arthur Rubinstein
(1946-12-08) December 8, 1946
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, composer, director
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Judi West (1971-1992; divorced; 2 children)
Jane Lanier (1992-2002; divorced; 2 children)

John Arthur Rubinstein (born December 8, 1946) is an American film, Broadway, and television actor, a composer of film and theatre music, and a director in theatre and television.[1][2]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Family 3
  • Acting filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Rubinstein was born in Los Angeles, California, 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-born Jewish concert pianist Arthur Rubinstein.[3] 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 (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.[4]


He made his Broadway acting debut in 1972 and received a Theater 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 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 Elmer Rice's Counsellor at Law.

His appearances in regional theaters include the musicals 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 Theater 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 James Lapine. He was the original Andrew Ladd III in A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Long Wharf Theater 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 Eric-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.

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,[1] The Trouble with Girls, and The Car. Since 1965 he has acted in over 200 television films and series 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 over five years; and 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.

In 1987, Rubinstein made his directorial debut at the Williamstown Theater 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. For television, he directed A Matter Of Conscience, which won the Emmy Award for Best Children's Special in 1990. He currently teaches a course in musical theater audition techniques at the University of Southern California, and directs their spring musicals.[5]

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.


John Rubinstein is the father of five children: Jessica Katz, Michael, Peter, Jacob, and Max.

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
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 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 3 episodes
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Feldman Episode: Underground Railroad
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Ernest Serano 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: Distured
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
2014 Jessie Ivan Episode: Spaced Out
2015 The Atticus Institute Marcus Wheeler[6]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "John Rubinstein Filmography".  
  3. ^ "John Rubinstein profile at". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  4. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed May 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Anchor Bay’s Art Enters ‘The Atticus Institute’ (Exclusive)

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