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Christian Rub

Christian Rub
Christian Rub - Jan 1920 EH.jpg
1920 magazine
Born(1886-04-13)April 13, 1886
DiedApril 14, 1956(1956-04-14) (aged 70)
Years active1919–1952

Christian Rub (pronounced Rhoob; April 13, 1886 – April 14, 1956) was an Austrian-born American character actor. He was known for his work in films of the late 1910s to the early 1950s, and was featured in more than 100 films.


He was born in Graz,[1] in Austria-Hungary. His first appearance was in the 1919 movie The Belle of New York. Rub was the visual basis for and voice of Geppetto in the 1940 animated Disney film Pinocchio, as well as voices of kindly old men for MGM, Fox and Warner Bros. cartoons.[2] During the creation of Pinocchio, Rub was notorious amongst the film's animators for his open and frequent expression of admiration for Adolf Hitler.[3]

Rub's last movie role was in 1952's Something for the Birds. He died in Santa Barbara, California one day after his 70th birthday.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Baptismal entry parish Graz Heilig Blut, Austria, book of births XXXV page 192 record no. 151". Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Kinney, Jack (1988). Walt Disney and assorted other characters : an unauthorized account of the early years at Disney's. New York : Harmony Books. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-517-57057-9. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  3. ^ Friedman, Jake S. (July 5, 2022). The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation's Golden Age. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-64160-722-3.
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