Andrew Harold Rubin, born on June 22, 1946, and passed away on October 16, 2015 from lung cancer.
Andrew was born in the seaport town of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
His father, Simon, owned a furniture and bedding factory and his mother, Leona (nee Greenstone) was an artist and international travel writer.
Andy, as he was called then, began performing and acting at the age of 10.
He wrote and starred in skits and plays at the Jewish Community Center.
Afterward, he continued acting the leads in plays while attending New Bedford High School.
Andrew won a college acting scholarship from the high school in his senior year.
School didn’t make a lot of sense to him and as a result he only got into one college that he applied to.
Wagner College, a Lutheran School, was located on Staten Island and as a concession to his parents Rubin agreed to go there.
By the end of the school year Andrew’s parents had received 24 letters from the Dean of Men listing various infractions by their son.
His college career came rapidly to a close.
With his heart in acting, Andrew auditioned for the famed American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
The Academy was like an embryo for him: an amazing training ground to eat and breathe acting daily for two years.
After graduation he got a job as a page at NBC 30 Rock rising rapidly in the ranks to become the youngest full-time writer in the history of the NBC Publicity Department.
Going on auditions while at NBC landed him his first big time job.
Andrew was cast from hundreds of hopefuls to play the character of Cosmo in a guy/girl duo in a national commercial campaign (6 TV and 5 radio) for Sprite soda.
After being flown to California to shoot for two weeks on location, Rubin decided to move to California to seek work.
Andrew met with success almost immediately, guest starring in various television dramatic series including “Ironside”, “Streets of San Francisco”, “Cannon” and dozens of others.
He also scored recurring roles on well-known comedies of the day such as “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, “The Jeffersons”, and “The Odd Couple”
Andrew Rubin died at age 69 in 2015.