Actor Saul Rubinek was born on July 2, 1948 in Föhrenwald, Germany. Born to Polish-born Jews, he eventually moved with his family to Canada when he was just eight months old, after escaping the threat against them posed by World War II. It was there where he acquired his interest in acting, regularly performing in school plays; his interest came from his father, who worked as a stage actor. He made his professional debut at age 10, lending his voice to several radio dramas, and eventually dropping out of school to train under the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Rubinek spent the next two decades honing his craft on stage, as part of the Toronto Free Theatre and the Theatre Passe Muraille. While he’s appeared on screen intermittently during the 1970s, it was only in 1980 when he made his feature film debut. The next twenty years saw him hone his craft further in film, taking on roles as shady, misguided characters in films such as Against All Odds, Sweet Liberty, Wall Street, True Romance and Getting Even with Dad. He’s also had other stand-out roles, notably in the satirical film Dick, where he appeared as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Rubinek also had several stints in television. While two series where he had a regular role—1989’s Men and 1996’s Ink—were both cancelled early, he had a successful run as a guest star, taking roles in The Practice, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Once and Again. He also held recurring roles in Frasier, appearing as divorce lawyer Donny Douglas; Blind Justice; and A Nero Wolfe Mystery. He is set to star in the upcoming adventure series Warehouse 13.