Jan Rubeš

Biography: Jan Rubes was a Czech-Canadian bass opera singer and actor who appeared in a number of films and television shows. Born in Volyne, Czehoslovakia on June 6, 1920, Rubes eventually graduated from the Prague Consevatoire and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer. After winning the 1st prize at the Geneva International Music Festival in 1948, Rubes emigrated to Canada. While in Canada, he made his first feature film, Forbidden Journey, in 1950. Following this role, he made appearances in several films, including Peter Weir's Oscar-nominated Witness. Rubes also appeared in the sequels to The Mighty Ducks and The Birds 2 in 1994. His career continued through the 90s with a role in Snow Falling On Cedars in 1999. His acting work garnished a Genie Awards nomination in 1989 for his work in Something About Love. He also won the Earle Grey Award in 1990 and was an appointed member of the Order of Canada in 1995. Rubes sadly passed away from a stroke in Jan Rubes was a Czech-Canadian bass opera singer and actor who appeared in a number of films and television shows. Born in Volyne, Czehoslovakia on June 6, 1920, Rubes eventually graduated from the Prague Consevatoire and joined the Prague Opera House as a bass singer. After winning the 1st prize at the Geneva International Music Festival in 1948, Rubes emigrated to Canada. While in Canada, he made his first feature film, Forbidden Journey, in 1950. Following this role, he made appearances in several films, including Peter Weir's Oscar-nominated Witness. Rubes also appeared in the sequels to The Mighty Ducks and The Birds 2 in 1994. His career continued through the 90s with a role in Snow Falling On Cedars in 1999. His acting work garnished a Genie Awards nomination in 1989 for his work in Something About Love. He also won the Earle Grey Award in 1990 and was an appointed member of the Order of Canada in 1995. Rubes sadly passed away from a stroke in 2009.

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