Making his big-screen debut in the 1983 Sean Penn film Bad Boys, Alan Ruck went on to greater fame with his role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and later on TV’s Spin City.
Early Years and Stage Acting
Alan Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a BFA in drama in 1979. After finishing at UI, Ruck moved to Chicago, where he lived for a few years before moving to New York City. There he made his Broadway debut in 1985 in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick.
Early Big-Screen Success
Alan Ruck’s first big-screen film role was in the hard-hitting 1983 drama Bad Boys, in which he played Carl Brennan, friend of Mick O’Brien, who was played by Sean Penn. That same year he played Roger Jackson in Class, with Andrew McCarthy and John Cusack. Ruck is most likely best known as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s best friend, from the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a film that achieved worldwide success along its way to becoming a classic.
Films After Ferris Bueller
After playing Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Alan Ruck settled into smaller film roles for the next decade. He appeared in the 1989 comedy film Three Fugitives. Then he played Hendry William French in Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns. He also played Captain John Harriman in the 1994 film Star Trek Generations. Alan also had supporting roles in the blockbuster Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock film Speed and in the 1996 disaster film Twister.
Spin City and Beyond
In 1990–1991, Alan Ruck starred as Charlie Davis in the ABC series Going Places, which was canceled after only one season. In 1994, he appeared in the series Daddy's Girls, which was canceled after three episodes. Then came Ruck’s big break on the small screen: In 1996, he landed the role of Stuart Bondek on the sitcom Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox, and later Charlie Sheen. His character was a sexist ladies’ man, and the role allowed Ruck to really develop his comic skills.
Once Spin City’s long run came to an end in 2002, Ruck worked steadily in guest roles on TV, such as spots on Scrubs, The Bronx Is Burning, Stargate Atlantis, and Cougar Town. He also appeared in many supporting roles in films such as Ghost Town; The Happening; I Love You, Beth Cooper; and Extreme Measures.
When Ruck returned to the stage in 2005 for the Broadway revival of Absurd Person Singular, he and co-star Mireille Enos fell in love and later married. Enos gave birth to their daughter, Vesper Vivianne, on September 23, 2010.
Also in 2010, Ruck landed a starring role on the TV summer mini-series Persons Unknown, which ran its course with some critical attention and a few million viewers each week.
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