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      Jan Rubes

      Jan Rubes

      Highest Rated: 93% Witness (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Amityville Curse (1990)

      Birthday: Jun 6, 1920

      Birthplace: St. Volyne, Czechoslovakia

      To movie fans, Jan Rubeš is best known for his portrayal of the stern Amish father in Peter Weir's Oscar-winning thriller "Witness." Yet Rubeš is more than a well-established character actor; he is an internationally renowned opera singer. Following World War II, the Czechoslovakia-born performer graduated from the Prague Conservatory and was soon performing at the Prague Opera House. In the late 1940s, he emigrated to Canada, where his career in opera flourished. Shortly thereafter, Rubeš broke into film with the lead role in the espionage drama "Forbidden Journey." Yet he didn't return to movies until 1963, when he accepted a supporting role in the animal adventure "The Incredible Journey." Since then, he's proven prolific, appearing in nearly 100 film and television productions, chief among them 1985's "Witness." Shortly after this eye-catching performance, Rubeš won a series regular role on the short-lived medical drama "Kay O'Brien." His next major film role came in 1994, when he played lovable father figure Jan opposite Emilio Estevez in Disney's ice hockey comedy "D2: The Mighty Ducks." Rubeš continued to balance work in the opera with appearances in film and television into the 2000s, with parts in such popular series as the Canada-set crime comedy "Due South," the paranormal series "The X-Files," and the Las Vegas-set drama "Tilt." He made his final television appearance in 2005, playing Pope John Paul II in the controversial drama "Our Fathers." Rubeš died four years later, leaving behind a lengthy filmography and a legacy of music.

      Highest rated movies

      The Incredible Journey
      Class Action
      Dead of Winter
      The Burial Society
      The Republic of Love
      Snow Falling on Cedars


      COURAGE MOUNTAIN, Jan Rubes, Charlie Sheen, 1990, (c) Triumph Releasing THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY, Syme Jago, Irena Mayeska, Jan Rubes, Tao the Siamese Cat, 1963 ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Jan Rubes, 1985, (c)Buena Vista Pictures D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS, from left: Emilio Estevez, Jan Rubes, Kathryn Erbe, 1994, ©Buena Vista Pictures COURAGE MOUNTAIN, Leslie Caron, Joanna Clarke, Jade Magri, Jan Rubes, Juliette Caton, Charlie Sheen, Nicola Stapleton, Kathryn Ludlow, 1990, (c) Triumph Releasing DEAD OF WINTER, Jan Rubes, 1987, (c)MGM DEAD OF WINTER, Jan Rubes, Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowall, 1987, (c) MGM ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Jan Rubes, 1985, (c) Walt Disney ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Jan Rubes, Elisabeth Harnois, 1985, (c) Walt Disney DEAD OF WINTER, from left: Roddy McDowall, Jan Rubes, 1987. ©MGM



      No Score Yet 68% Our Fathers Pope John Paul (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 44% Daniel and the Superdogs The Colonel (Character) - 2004
      44% 48% The Republic of Love Strom (Character) - 2003
      50% 23% The Burial Society Marvin Telekunsky (Character) $20.6K 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anthrax Arthur Kowalski (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Secret Andree (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 46% Believe Jason Stiles (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare Man Evan Hannibal (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 62% What Katy Did Dr. Reinhart (Character) - 1999
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Ole Jurgensen (Character) $14.4M 1999
      No Score Yet 22% The White Raven Markus Strand (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage -- Two Couples Hendrick de Vries (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boozecan Pops (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 50% The Third Twin Unknown (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 40% Flood: A River's Rampage Jacob Gunderson (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Too Late Joseph (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 71% Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Far (Character) - 1995
      29% 56% Roommates Bolek Krupa (Character) $12.1M 1995
      21% 59% D2: The Mighty Ducks Jan (Character) $45.6M 1994
      No Score Yet 13% The Birds II: Land's End Karl (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 57% Mesmer Prof. Stoerk (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Tomas Havel (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet By Way of the Stars Hausierer Nathan (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devlin Vittorio Di Fabrizi (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On My Own The Colonel (Character) - 1992
      77% 51% Class Action Alexander Pavel (Character) $23.9M 1991
      38% 47% Deceived Tomasz (Character) $28.7M 1991
      17% 15% The Amityville Curse Priest (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 10% Descending Angel Bishop Dancu (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 30% The Experts Illyich (Character) $89.1K 1989
      No Score Yet 0% Blind Fear Lasky (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 66% Courage Mountain Grandfather (Character) $1.3M 1989
      No Score Yet 17% Blood Relations Andreas (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 42% The Kiss Gordon Tobin (Character) $1.6M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Blame Dr. Bloomer (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Men Michael Barra (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something About Love Stan Olynyk (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 33% The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick Augustus Glick (Character) - 1988
      77% 47% Dead of Winter Dr. Joseph Lewis (Character) $2.2M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage Bed Max Ehrlich (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity Giorgi Denerenko (Character) - 1985
      93% 80% Witness Eli Lapp (Character) $65.3M 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Grant's War Jacob (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 64% The Amateur Kaplan (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Patman Vrakettas (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lions for Breakfast Ivan (Character) - 1975
      89% 75% The Incredible Journey Carl Nurmi (Character) - 1963


      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Robert Greene / Older Karl Rademacher (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 83% Due South Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet 85% ER Mr. Duzak (Guest Star) 1997
      74% 86% The X-Files Vassily Peskow (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kay O'Brien Dr. Josef Wallach (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Heat Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Johann (Guest Star) 1972