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Ronen Rubinstein (born November 7, 1993) is an Israeli-American actor, writer, director, environmentalist and activist. He is known for his roles as TK Strand in 9-1-1: Lone Star and Alex Powell in Dead of Summer.


Ronen Rubinstein was born in Rehovot, Israel, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants from the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, part of then Soviet Union (now Kazakhstan). When he was five years old, he moved with his parents and older sister to the United States, where he grew up in the Staten Island borough of New York City. In an interview, Rubinstein said he felt like an outsider growing up as an immigrant, taking English as a Second Language classes and having difficulty adapting to the American culture.

He was introduced to acting in his sophomore year of high school when his guidance counselor suggested he try theater as a form of therapy and escape from the opioid epidemic in his neighborhood. He briefly worked as a dental assistant in his father's dental office, but chose not to follow in his footsteps and become a doctor. After attending New Dorp High School, he decided to pursue an acting career and graduated from the New York Film Academy.

Rubinstein acting span from commercials to films such as Condemned, Jamie Marks Is Dead, Some Kind of Hate and Something in the Way. In 2015, Rubinstein guest starred as Nathan on Orange Is The New Black. He gained wider notoriety starring as TK Strand in 9-1-1: Lone Star that lists Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk amongst its producers.

Rubinstein came out as bisexual in an interview with Variety in April 2021. [1] He married actress Jessica Parker Kennedy in 2022.

Work on American Horror Stories[]

“For the first half of the episode, I really wanted to focus on the way that he spoke and his mannerisms. He’s very soft and gentle, and I didn’t really raise my voice that much,” Rubinstein said. “But in the second part, when we reveal that Matt is behind it all, I sort of changed my walk a bit, became a bit more loose, a bit more arrogant.” [2]

"These kinds of characters always come for me, I guess – I love playing layered, complicated characters," the actor said. "For me, [this episode] was a chance to almost play two different people." Rubinstein was thrilled with working with Billie Lourd. "With the prison scene, I really had to take my time with it and really decide what I wanted to do. Luckily, I have Billie Lourd across from me – who gives me 100% even when the cameras aren’t on her, and I do the same for her – so it was a beautiful sort of dance that we did throughout the whole episode." [2]


Episode appearances for Ronen Rubinstein
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