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Birthday 7 November, 1993
Birthplace Rehovot, Israel
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Nationality Israeli
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Alex Powell in Dead of Summer, T.K. Strand in 9-1-1: Lone Star
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Ronen Rubinstein (born November 7, 1993) is an Israeli-American actor, writer, director, environmentalist, and activist, best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and as TK Strand in Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star created by Ryan Murphy.

Early life and education

Ronen Rubinstein was born in Rehovot, Israel, the son of Russian-Jewish emigrants 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.


Early work

At 16, Rubinstein wrote Something In the Way, his first short film he later directed, produced and starred in. It follows a young Vietnam war veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning to his civilian life.

He made his screen debut at the age of 17 as a teenage rebel named Gangsta in the 2011 psychological drama film Detachment, starring Bryan Cranston, Adrien Brody, and James Caan.

In his senior year of high school, Rubinstein landed a leading role in It Felt Like Love, Eliza Hittman's coming-of-age film shot in intimate close-ups with minimal dialogue, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He portrayed Sammy, a tough, misogynistic college boy from a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood, described by The New York Times as "a weed-smoking, pornography-watching bad boy whose contempt for women is as potent as his pheromones". The film received a nomination for best cinematography at the Film Independent Spirit Awards as well as nominations at the Gotham Awards.

In the following year, he was cast as the lead in Some Kind of Hate, portraying a young introverted victim of severe bullying. He also appeared in another Sundance Film Festival drama film Jamie Marks Is Dead, starring Cameron Monaghan and Liv Tyler.


In 2015, Rubinstein guest starred in episode 10, season 3 of Netflix's most-watched original series Orange Is the New Black, portraying the respectful and caring Nathan, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett's love interest, which brought him to mainstream attention.

In 2016, he was a series regular as Alex Powell in Freeform's Dead of Summer.

In 2018, he appeared in the role of Mike in the comedy drama Dude alongside Lucy Hale and Awkwafina. The film was Olivia Milch's directional debut. Rubinstein, having worked with several first-time female directors (which he called "an absolute honor"),[7] advocated for gender equality in film-making and praised Milch as "a future star director". The film also had a female cinematographer which he called "so rare", stating that "there is not enough women in the industry".

His other credits include a supporting role in the comedy drama Smartass (2017) opposite Joey King,[30] a supporting role in Less Than Zero, a 2019's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel, as well as a lead role in the anthology film Brooklyn Love Stories (2019), available on demand on February 2, 2021.


In 2020, he starred as an openly gay firefighter and recovering opioid addict Tyler Kennedy "TK" Strand in Ryan Murphy's Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star, alongside Rob Lowe, who plays Captain Owen Strand, TK’s father, and Liv Tyler. The series has become Fox's most watched new show of 2020 among 18-49 adults and has received acclaim for its interracial gay storyline and diverse characters, such as a hijab-wearing Muslim female firefighter and a black transgender male firefighter (portrayed by the transgender actor Brian Michael Smith). In a 2020 interview, Rubinstein said: "I think people for the first time, at least on network television, are seeing themselves on screen, and they feel represented, and they feel represented in a really positive, lovely, good way." His role of a gay firefighter inspired real life gay first responders to come out to him through social media.[38] He has praised Ryan Murphy and the writers for normalizing a same-sex relationship on primetime television by not including a coming out story: "A lot of times you'd see a gay couple on television there's something really dramatic and usually sad involved with it. And this is just like, 'Yeah, this is just normal. This is just how it is'." The series has earned the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

Rubinstein stars as the antagonist Alexei in Follow Me, a thriller about the dangers of influencer culture on social media, which had an international theatrical release on July 16, and is to be released in the United States and on demand on September 18 under the title No Escape. He speaks Russian in the film.

Rubinstein is the lead in Bret Easton Ellis's Smiley Face Killers, a thriller film based on true events that support the smiley face murder theory about an organized gang of serial killers committing murders of young, handsome athletic men throughout the United States. It was released in late 2020.

Other work

Rubinstein stars in CeCe's music video for "Broke AF" (2017).[49]

In 2018, he appeared as himself in the documentary Tyler Shields: Provocateur.

Personal life

Rubinstein identifies as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and in April 2021, officially came out as bisexual. He is currently in a relationship with actress Jessica Parker Kennedy.

His native language is Russian, whereas Hebrew and English are his second and third languages.

The actor is an outdoor enthusiast. He has played basketball since he was a child and has named Kobe Bryant as his biggest idol, role model, and "the first American thing" he knew after moving to the United States from Israel.

He is a devout fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and has expressed his admiration for Harry Styles' work and his "own identity and the way he presents himself."

In March 2020, he endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race.

He rescued and adopted two pit bulls, named Fresh and Spot.

In 2020, Rubinstein switched from pescetarianism to veganism.

He is culturally and ethnically Jewish but he is not religious.

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