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Jan Rubes: from the opera hall to the big screen

The Story

"At my age this is all icing on the cake," says 64-year-old Jan Rubes, describing his current career path. He is appearing on Morningside in 1985 to describe his performance in the current Hollywood movie Witness, with Harrison Ford. But he has much to tell host Peter Gzowski, not only about his role in this film, but about upcoming possibilities in the world of filmed drama. Rubes also discusses his current and future opera roles, and his hope to reclaim his previous high standing in the senior Canadian tennis championships.

Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 1985
Guest(s): Jan Rubes
Interviewer: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 14:42

Did You know?

• Jan Ladislav Rubes was born in Czechoslovakia in 1920, and was a medical student in Prague when the universities were closed down after the Nazi occupation of the country.  He emigrated to Canada after the war, and so began a career in opera, as a member of the Opera Festival Company of Toronto.


• His acting career also included appearances on Morningside dramas, as Peter Gzowski mentions in this interview.  He had appeared the previous week in the five-part drama as Joseph Stalin, in Yalta: Decisions that Changed the World, by Henry Comor.


• Rubes died in Toronto on June 29, 2009, at the age of 89.





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