- Began acting professionally, in Canada, when he was 10.
- Won a Genie Award (Canada's version of an Oscar) for his supporting role in the 1981 film Ticket to Heaven.
- Wrote and produced So Many Miracles, a 1987 documentary about his parents' experiences during the Holocaust. Born in a Holocaust-survivor camp, he also played a Nazi hunter on an episode of Outer Limits called "The Tribunal."
- Played biographer W. W. Beauchamp in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning 1992 film, Unforgiven. He told bullz-eye.com that he so loved that experience that "I would have paid them to let me be in the movie."
- Was cast alongside Dan Hedaya in two different movies about Richard Nixon: 1995's Nixon and 1999's Dick.
- 1989, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1982, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
- 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1980, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1980, Genie Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Actor (Non-Feature): Nominee
- 1998, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Israel Rubinek — Father
- Frania Rubinek — Mother
- Elinor Reid — Wife
- Sam Rubinek — Son
- Hannah Rubinek — Daughter
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