Alan Ruck

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Alan Ruck
Alan Ruck.JPG
At the 2006 Dallas Comic Con.
BornAlan Douglas Ruck
(1956-07-01) July 1, 1956 (age 58)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Claudia Stefany (m. 1984–2005)
Mireille Enos (m. 2008)
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Alan Ruck
Alan Ruck.JPG
At the 2006 Dallas Comic Con.
BornAlan Douglas Ruck
(1956-07-01) July 1, 1956 (age 58)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Claudia Stefany (m. 1984–2005)
Mireille Enos (m. 2008)

Alan Douglas Ruck (born July 1, 1956) is an American film, stage and television actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Cameron Frye in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Stuart Bondek on Spin City.

Early life[edit]

Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to a schoolteacher mother and a father who worked for a pharmaceutical company.[1] He attended Parma Senior High School located in Parma, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.F.A. in drama in 1979.[2] He recalled:

After school, I went up to Chicago, because I didn't really know anybody in New York or Los Angeles, and I knew people who were doing plays in Chicago. So I went up there, and I knocked around a little bit. And I guess about a year after I was out of school, I got my first job.

Ruck made his Broadway debut in 1985 in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick. Early on, Ruck was a prominent stage actor at many theaters around the country, including Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago. In his initial foray into film acting, Ruck appeared in Class and Hard Knocks as well as some television films.[2]


Ruck is perhaps best known for his role as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's hypochondriac best friend, in John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Ruck was actually 29 when he portrayed the 17-year-old Cameron), and as Stuart Bondek, the lecherous, power-hungry member of the mayor's staff on the hit ABC sitcom Spin City, which ran from 1996-2002.

His first film role was in the 1983 drama film Bad Boys, where he played Carl Brennan, Sean Penn's friend in the film. The same year he played Roger Jackson in Class. One of his other film roles was in the 1987 film Three for the Road.

Ruck later appeared in the 1989 comedy film Three Fugitives. Following that, he played a significant role as Hendry William French in Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns. He also played Captain John Harriman of the USS Enterprise-B in the 1994 film, Star Trek Generations, a role which he has reprised along with Generations co-star Walter Koenig and other Trek alumni in the fan film Of Gods and Men.[3] Alan also played an annoying tourist named Doug Stephens on an ill-fated bus in the blockbuster Speed. Another supporting role was of the eccentric storm chaser Robert 'Rabbit' Nurick in the 1996 disaster film Twister.

In 1990–1991, Ruck starred as Chicago ad man Charlie Davis, in the ABC series Going Places. ABC canceled Going Places after only one season (and 22 episodes). He appeared in the series Daddy's Girls in 1994, which was canceled after three episodes. From 1996–2002, Alan played Stuart Bondek in the sitcom Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox and later, Charlie Sheen. In 2005, he played Leo Bloom in the Broadway version of Mel Brooks' The Producers, a role also played by his Ferris Bueller co-star, Matthew Broderick.

Ruck was then cast in the pilot of the Tim Minear-created Fox Network series Drive, but did not appear in the actual series. He also starred in one episode of the Comedy Central sitcom Stella as Richard, a man looking for work. He later starred in Episode 9 of the second season of Scrubs as a patient, and played reporter Steve Jacobson on the ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning.

In 1998, Ruck guest starred in the fifth episode of the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon as the NASA engineer Tom Dolan.

In 2006, Ruck guest starred in a single episode of Stargate Atlantis called "The Real World" and, in 2007, as unscrupulous property developer Albert Bunford in an episode of Medium.

In the 2007 comedy Kickin' It Old Skool, he appears as Dr. Frye, a possible connection to Cameron Frye; he even mentions still trying to pay off an old Ferrari, a reference to Cameron totaling his dad's Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

In 2009, Ruck had a minor role as a married man named Frank in an episode of Cougar Town. In his role, he has problems with his marriage due to a crush he had long ago on Jules, played by Courteney Cox.

He also played the part of a ghost of a family man in the 2008 film Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais.

Ruck also has a small role in the 2008 M. Night Shyamalan film, The Happening. He recently played the role of Dean Bowman in the college fraternity drama, Greek. He appeared in a guest role as a manic geologist in an episode of Eureka. Additionally, he plays Mr. Cooverman in the film I Love You, Beth Cooper. In 2009, Ruck filmed the medical drama Extraordinary Measures[4][5] in Portland, Oregon, with star Harrison Ford.

Ruck then appeared as a bank robber in an episode from the third season of the USA Network series Psych and as a lawyer in the fifth season of the ABC series Boston Legal. He recently guest starred as Martin, a magazine reporter, on an episode of Ruby & The Rockits entitled "We Are Family?". In 2010, he guest starred as ex-money laundering accountant turned dentist, on an episode of Justified entitled "Long in the Tooth".

He also appeared in a "Grey's Anatomy" episode "In The Midnight Hour" for season 5.

In 2010 Ruck was cast as a lead character in the NBC mystery-drama, Persons Unknown. He also guest starred on the television show Fringe as a scientist turned criminal.

Ruck was most recently[when?] cast in the ABC Family series Bunheads as the husband to Sutton Foster's character, Michelle.

Personal life[edit]

Ruck married Claudia Stefany in 1984, and had two children with her—a daughter, Emma, and a son, Sam. They divorced in 2005. He married actress Mireille Enos on January 4, 2008. They met in 2005 while co-starring in the Broadway revival of Absurd Person Singular. Mireille gave birth to their daughter Vesper Vivienne on September 23, 2010. On February 12, 2014, the couple announced their second child was on the way and their son Larkin Zouey was born Wednesday, July 23 of that year. [6]


1983ClassRoger Jackson
Bad BoysCarl Brennan
1986Ferris Bueller's Day OffCameron Frye
1987Three for the RoadT.S.
1988ShooterStork O'Connor
1989Bloodhounds of BroadwayJohn Wangle
1989Three FugitivesTener
1990Young Guns IIHendry William French
1990–1991Going PlacesCharlie DavisTV Show
1994Star Trek GenerationsJohn Harriman
Daddy's GirlsLennyTV Show
SpeedDoug Stephens
1995Born to Be WildDan Woodley
MuscleDr. Marshall GoldTV Show
1996–1997Mad About YouLance Brockwell
1996–2002Spin CityStewart Bondek
1996TwisterRobert "Rabbit" Nurick
1998Walking to the WaterlineDuane Hopwood
2003Cheaper by the DozenBill Shenk
2005ScrubsMr. BraginTV Show
2006Stargate AtlantisDr. FletcherTV Show, 1 episode
2007MediumAlbert BunfordTV Show, 1 episode
2007Kickin' It Old SkoolDr. Frye
2007–2011GreekDean BowmanTV Show, 6 episodes
2008Ghost TownGhost of a family man
EurekaDr. HoodBest In Faux
The HappeningSchool PrincipalCameo appearance
InAlienableDr. Proway
Star Trek: Of Gods and MenJohn Harriman
2008–2009PsychPhil StubbinsTV Show
2009I Love You, Beth CooperMr. Cooverman
Don't You Forget About MeHimself
2010Pop My Culture PodcastTV Show
Episode: Alan Ruck
Rules of EngagementDr. GreenblattTV Show
Persons UnknownCharlie Morse
Extraordinary MeasuresPete Sutphen
JustifiedRoland PikeTV Show
Episode: Long in the Tooth
2011FringeDr. KrickTV Show
FiveSam JarenteTV Movie
2012BunheadsHubbell FlowersTV Show
Ben and KateSchool PrincipalTV Show
Episode: Bad Cop/Bad Cop
GoatsDr. Eldridge
Hawaii Five-0Brian SlaterTV Show
Episode: Ohuna
2013Burn NoticeMax LysterTV Show
Episode: Reckoning
NCISWard DavisTV Show
Episode: Gut Check
2014IntelligenceJonathan CainTV Show
Episode: Cain and Gabriel
PsychRuben LeonardTV Show
2015HindsightLolly's FatherTV Show
Episode: … Then I’ll Know


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