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Jan Ladislav Rubeš CM (6 June 1920 – 29 June 2009) was a Czech-Canadianmarker bass opera singer and actor.

Life and career

Rubeš was born in Volyněmarker, Czechoslovakiamarker, the son of Ružena (née Kellnerová) and Jan Rubeš. Not too long after World War II, he graduated from the Prague Conservatoiremarker and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer. In 1948 he won first prize at the Geneva International Music Festival, and emigrated to Canadamarker at the end of the year to pursue a career in a wider sphere.

Beginning as a singer with the Canadian Opera Company, he subsequently directed and became director of touring, before switching to radio and television, where he became known as an actor and presenter well known in Canada.

He is noted for his portrayal of an Amish patriarch in Peter Weir's major-market film Witness.

On 22 September, 1950, Rubeš was married to Susan Douglas Rubeš, by whom he has three sons, Dr. Christopher Jan Rubeš (M.D.; deceased, 1996), Jonathan Mark Rubeš, and Anthony Dean Rubeš.

His nephew Jan Rubeš was worker Czech Televisionmarker - he stayed in foreign film market. He also an actor.

On June 29, 2009, Rubeš died after a stroke in Toronto General Hospital.

Awards and recognition


Motion pictures

Television movies

  • 1975: Deadly Harvest
  • 1977: The Day My Granddad Died
  • 1984: Charlie Grant's War
  • 1985: Murder by Reason of Insanity
  • 1988: No Blame
  • 1988: Two Men
  • 1990: Descending Angel
  • 1992: Devlin
  • 1994: The Birds II: Land's End
  • 1994: "Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio" (PBS)
  • 1995: Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story
  • 1996: The Marriage Bed
  • 1997: Flood: A River's Rampage
  • 1999: What Katy Did
  • 2005: Our Fathers

Television series


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