Alan Ruck Biography

Alan Ruck is an American actor. This biography profiles his childhood, family, personal life, career, etc.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 1, 1956

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Alan Douglas Ruck

Born in: Cleveland, Ohio

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Claudia Stefany (m. 1984–2005), Mireille Enos (m. 2008)

children: Emma Ruck, Larkin Zouey Ruck, Sam Ruck, Vesper Vivianne Ruck

U.S. State: Ohio

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education: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Parma Senior High School

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Alan Ruck is an American actor, best known for playing ‘Cameron Frye’ in the film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’ He played the neurotic best friend of ‘Ferris Bueller in the hit movie. He made his movie debut in the 1983 film ‘Bad Boys’ where he played Sean Penn’s friend. Since then, he has appeared in several successful films, such as ‘Shooter,’ ‘Three Fugitives,’ ‘Speed,’ ‘Twister’, ‘Kickin’ It Old School,’ and ‘I Love You, Beth Cooper.’ Ruck has appeared in more than 100 films in his career. As a television actor, Alan made his debut in television film ‘Hard Knocks.’ However, his most remarkable role came in the television series ‘Spin City.’ Alan played the character of ‘Stuart Bondek,’ a debauched man and member of Mayor’s staff who thinks only about earning money and gaining power. He has also made appearances in popular TV shows, such as ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ ‘Boston Legal,’ ‘Fringe,’ and ‘The Whispers.’

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Childhood & Early Life
Early Career
  • In 1983, he played the role of ‘Carl Brennan’ in drama film ‘Bad Boys.’ He played ‘Mick O’ Brien’s (played by Sean Penn) friend in the popular movie. In the same year, he played ‘Roger Jackson’ in the movie ‘Class.’
  • In 1984, he made his television debut in television film ‘Hard Knocks.’
  • In 1985, Alan made his Broadway debut with Mathew Broderick in ‘Beloxi Blues.’ Before that, he performed in stage plays at various theatres including ‘Wisdom Bridge Theater’ in Chicago.
  • He had his breakthrough role in the film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in which he played ‘Cameron Frye,’ the crazy friend of ‘Ferris Bueller,’ played by Mathew Broderick. The released in 1986 and it was a major hit.
  • In 1989, he appeared in another hit film ‘Three Fugitives.’ In 1990, he played ‘Hendry William French’ in ‘Young Guns II,’ a sequel to ‘Young Guns’ (1988).
  • After a four year break, Ruck appeared in ‘Star Trek Generations’ in which he played ‘Captain John Harriman,’ a role he reprised in the fan film, ‘Of Gods and Men’ in 2008.
  • In 1990, he had a starring role in television series ‘Going Places.’ He played ‘Charlie Davis,’ an ad man from Chicago. The show lasted for a season.
  • His next film, ‘Speed,’ starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra bullock, was a box-office hit.
  • Meanwhile, he also became part of several television series, such as ‘Daddy’s Girs’ (1994), ‘Muscles’ (1995), ‘Mad About You’ (1995-96), and ‘The Outer Limits’ (1996). His next television show, ‘Spin City’ became a hit too.
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  • ‘Spin City’ premiered in 1996 and lasted for six seasons (1996- 2002). Alan played ‘Stuart Bondek’ in the show and starred alongside Michael J. Fox and later, Charlie Sheen.
  • In 1996, he also chased the storm in the film ‘Twister’ in which he played the role of ‘Robert Nurick.’ For the next ten years, he appeared in a number of successful movies, such as ‘Walking the Waterline’ (1998), ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ (2003), and ‘Kickin’ it Old School’ (2007).
  • In 2005, he again starred alongside Mathew Broderick in the Broadway adaptation of ‘The Producers’ in which he played ‘Leo Bloom.’ He also appeared in two episodes of comedy series ‘Scrubs’ the same year.
  • During 2005-10, he appeared in a number of television shows, including ‘Ghost Whisperer’ (2007), ‘Greek’ (2007-11), ‘Boston Legal’ (2008), ‘Psych’ (2009), ‘Numbers’ (2010), ‘CSI: Miami’ (2010), ‘Rules of Engagement’ (2010), and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ (2010).
  • During the same time, he appeared in several films, including ‘Ghost Town’ (2008), ‘The Happening’ (2008), ‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’ (2009), and ‘Extraordinary Measures’ (2010). In 2010, he became the lead in ‘NBC’s ‘Persons Unknown’ and also guest starred in ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
  • His other notable appearances came in television shows, such as ‘Fringe’ (2011), ‘Bunheads’ (2012-13), ‘Burn Notice’ (2013), ‘Hot in Cleveland’ (2013), ‘The Whispers’ (2015), ‘The Middle’ (2016), and ‘The Catch’ (2016).
  • In 2016, he starred in the television adaptation of the 1973 film ‘The Exorcist.’ Alan played ‘Henry Rance,’ husband of ‘Regan McNeil’, the girl who was possessed by a demon.
  • ‘The Exorcist’ also drew inspiration from a best-selling novel written by William Peter Blatty in 1971. He is now set to appear in an upcoming series called ‘Succession.’
  • He also made various appearances in films, such as ‘Shanghai Calling’ (2012), ‘Carnage Park’ (2016), ‘Dreamland’ (2016), and ‘War Machine’ (2017). His most recent film ‘Gringo’ was released in March, 2018.
  • He is set to play his part as ‘Mr. Burgess’ in the upcoming film ‘Sierra Burgess is a Loser’ (2018). His other film ‘Captive State’ is also set to be released later in 2018.
Personal Life
  • Alan got married to Claudia Stefany in 1984. He has two children with Claudia, a son, Sam and a daughter, Emma.
  • The couple divorced in 2005. He got married to actress Mireille Enos on January 4, 2008.
  • He has two children with Mireille too—a daughter, Vesper, born in 2010 and a son, Larkin, born in 2014.

Alan Ruck Movies

1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)


2. Bad Boys (1983)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama)

3. Speed (1994)

  (Crime, Action, Adventure, Thriller)

4. Captive State (2019)

  (Sci-Fi, Thriller)

5. Ghost Town (2008)

  (Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Drama)

6. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

  (Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Action)

7. Young Guns II (1990)

  (Action, Western)

8. Extraordinary Measures (2010)


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