07-02 Happy birthday to Saul Rubinek, Born: July 2, 1948.
Saul Rubinek is the German-born Canadian actor who played Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Most Toys”.
Rubinek had a recurring role on the NBC television sitcom Frasier as Daphne Moon’s fiancé, Donny Douglas, from 1999 through 2002. That series starred fellow TNG guest actor Kelsey Grammer. Rubinek also had a recurring role as reporter Lon Cohen in the 2001-2002 A&E TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (with Bill Smitrovich), after initially playing detective Saul Panzer in the 2000 series pilot, The Golden Spiders: A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
In addition, Rubinek made recurring appearances on the CBS drama The Equalizer (starring Robert Lansing and Keith Szarabajka) and Steven Bochco’s crime drama Blind Justice. He also had two-episode recurring roles in the third season (1998-99) of The Practice (working with Paul Dooley, Stephen Macht, Lawrence Pressman, and David Ogden Stiers), in the final season (2001-02) of Once And Again (with William O. Campbell), and in the fourth season (2004) of Curb Your Enthusiasm (with Boris Lee Krutonog, James B. Sikking, and Don Stark).
Rubinek’s first regular series role was that of neurotic financial reporter Alan Mesnick in the short-lived (1996-97) CBS comedy series Ink. He was on the Syfy original series Warehouse 13 as Warehouse guru Artie Nielsen. This series was co-created by Jane Espenson (writer, DS9: “Accession”). In a five-minute behind-the-scenes interview in 2012, Rubinek and Brent Spiner, who has guest starred in several episodes of the series, revealed their long history of friendship since their stage acting days, with fond references to Rubinek’s antagonistic portrayals opposite Spiner in TNG: “The Most Toys”.
Since appearing on TNG, Rubinek has made a few return trips to the realm of science fiction television. He appeared in two episodes of the 1990s revival of The Outer Limits, one in 1995 (“Caught in the Act”) and another in 1999 (“Tribunal”). In 2004, he was seen on Sci-Fi Channel’s Stargate SG-1, playing Emmett Bregman in the two-part episode “Heroes”. The first part also featured Ronny Cox in his role as Senator Robert Kinsey; the second part had Robert Picardo in his first appearance as Agent Richard Woolsey.
In 2005, Rubinek made an appearance on ABC’s science fiction-themed hit series Lost, co-created by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof and starring Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O’Quinn. The following year, Rubinek guest-starred on the Sci-Fi Channel original series Eureka, working with Salli Elise Richardson, Matt Frewer, and director Michael Grossman.
In addition to the above, Rubinek has guest-starred on such drama series as Hill Street Blues (starring James B. Sikking and Barbara Bosson), L.A. Law, Psych (both also featuring Corbin Bernsen), Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and Leverage. In 2008, he was seen on ABC’s Boston Legal, where he played the client of an attorney portrayed by Alan Ruck. Also appearing in Rubinek’s episode (“Kill, Baby, Kill”) were series regulars John Larroquette and William Shatner and fellow guest star Bill Smitrovich.
Rubinek was nominated for a Genie Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television for his performance in the 1979 made-for-TV movie The Wordsmith. In 1983, both he and Rosalind Chao appeared in The Terry Fox Story. Rubinek was later featured in the acclaimed HBO movie And the Band Played On, as were Reg E. Cathey, David Clennon, Richard Fancy, Thomas Kopache, Clyde Kusatsu, Dakin Matthews, Lawrence Monoson, Jeffrey Nordling, and Sierra Pecheur.
In 1998, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television nominated Rubinek for a Gemini Award for his performance in the 1995 TV movie Hiroshima, in which Ken Jenkins also appeared. Rubinek’s subsequent made-for-TV movie credits include 2002’s Gleason (starring Terry Farrell), 2003’s And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (with Michael McKean), and 2004’s Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (with Corbin Bernsen). He also appeared as Hastings “Hasty” Hathaway in three Jesse Stone movies, 2006’s Night Passage, 2007’s Sea Change, and 2010’s No Remorse. Stephen McHattie appeared in all of these movies; William Sadler had a role in the latter two.
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