Actor Alan Ruck is well remembered for his role of Cameron Frye in John Hughes' “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” (1986, opposite Matthew Broderick) and as Stuart Bondek in the popular ABC sitcom “Spin City” (1996 -2002, opposite Michael J. Fox and then Charlie Sheen). The character actor began his career on stage in Chicago with theater companies like the Goodman Theatre, the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, and the Apollo Theatre before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut in Neil Simon's “Biloxi Blues” (1985), where he originated the role of Don Carney. It was while in “Biloxi Blues” that he was first paired with actor Matthew Broderick. They were later reunited in the successful movie “Ferris Bueller's Day Off.”
Ruck is also known for playing roles in the films “Young Guns II” (1990), “Speed” (1994), “Star Trek: Generations” (1994), “Twister” (1996), “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003), “Kickin It Old Skool” (2007), “Eavesdrop” (2008) and “The Happening” (2008). Prior to “Spin City,” Ruck appeared in a string of short lived TV series, including “Going Places” (1990-1991), “Daddy's Girls” (1994) and “Muscle” (1995). More recently, in 2009, he made a comeback to series TV as a regular in “Persons Unknown,” where he portrayed Charlie.
Ruck has been married twice and is the father of two. He was married to first wife Claudia Stefany, the mother of his two children, from 1984 to 2005. He has been married to his present wife, actress Mireille Enos, since 2008.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Childhood and Family:
Alan D. Ruck was born on July 1, 1956, in Cleveland, Ohio, to a school teacher and an employee in the pharmaceutical industry. Alan knew he wanted to act after seeing his older sister perform in school plays. In the sixth grade, he took part in a reading of Washington Irving's “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” While in high school, he actively participated in school theater productions. Alan graduated from Parma Senior High School in Parma, Ohio, and earned a BFA in theater from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, in 1979.
On June 22, 1984, Alan married Claudia Stefany. They divorced in 2005 after having been together for 21 years. Alan and his former wife share two children, a daughter named Emma Ruck (born in 1987), and a son named Sam Ruck. On January 8, 2008, Alan married actress Mireille Enos (born in 1975).
Currently living in New York, Alan almost died of septicemia in 2002.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ohio native Alan Ruck launched his acting career in theaters in Chicago after graduating from college. He made his stage debut in a production of “Album” at Chicago's Apollo Theater. In 1984, he directed and starred in the play “Billy Bishop Goes to War” at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre and was nominated for Joseph Jefferson Awards in the categories of Director of a Revue and Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his work. While still in Chicago he also appeared in the films “Bad Boys” and “Class” (both 1983) and the TV films “Hard Knox” (1984) and “First Steps” (1985).
Ruck moved to New York to further pursue his career. He made his Broadway debut in the original production of Neil Simon's “Biloxi Blues” (1985), in which he was cast as Don Carney. In the play, he starred alongside Matthew Broderick. Ruck and Broderick were reunited the following year by director/writer John Hughes in his comedy film “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” where Ruck memorably played Cameron Frye, the gloomy buddy of Ferris Bueller (played by Broderick). The film received good reviews from critics and was a huge success (became the 10th highest grossing film of 1986).
After the success of “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” Ruck costarred with Charlie Sheen and Kerri Green in the comedy “Three for the Road” (1987), directed by Bill L. Norton, supported Nick Nolte and Martin Short in Francis Veber's “Three Fugitives” (1989) and appeared as John Wangle in “Bloodhounds of Broadway” (1989), which starred Matt Dillon, Jennifer Grey, Julie Hagerty, Rutger Hauer, Madonna, and Randy Quaid. On the small screen, he worked with Helen Hunt and Jeffrey Nordling in the Emmy Award winning television movie “Shooter” (1988) and guest starred as Sheldon Samms in an episode of the CBS short lived comedy “The Famous Teddy Z” (1989), starring Jon Cryer.
Ruck made his debut as a series regular in “Going Places,” playing Chicago ad man Charlie Davis. The prime time show premiered on ABC on September 21, 1990, but was canceled after one season because of poor ratings. From 1992 to 1993, he joined the cast headed by Julie Brown in the short lived Fox sketch comedy series “The Edge,” and in 1994, began his regular role as Lenny, an ophthalmologist, in another short lived comedy series, “Daddy's Girls” (CBS, 1994). The lanky performer experienced another failing series with the WB comedy “Muscle” (1995). However, Ruck earned major exposure with the popular ABC sitcom “Spin City,” which ran from 1996 to 2002. In the series, he costarred as Stuart Bondek.
Ruck also had a recurring role in the hit NBC sitcom “Mad about You” (1995-1996, as Lance Brockwell), guest starred in such TV shows as “Picket Fences,” “Tales from the Crypt” (both 1993), “The Outer Limits” (1996) and “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998) and acted in the television movie “The Ransom of Red Chief” (1998), opposite Christopher Lloyd and Michael Jeter.
Despite his busy TV schedule, Ruck received the important of Hendry William French in “Young Guns II” (1990, also starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Christian Slater), costarred in the comedy “Just Like in the Movies” (1992), was cast as Stephens in the box office hit “Speed” (1994, directed by Jan de Bont and starred Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock), played the fledgling captain of the new Enterprise, John Harriman, in “Star Trek: Generation” (also 1994) and appeared in John Gray's “Born to Be Wild” (1995). He was reunited with Jan de Bont for the popular disaster film “Twister” (1996), in which he played the supporting role of storm chaser Robert 'Rabbit'' Nurick, and appeared in the independent films “Walking to the Waterline” (1998), “Everything Put Together” and “Endsville” (both 2000)
After “Spin City” ended, Ruck returned to series TV as a guest star in “Scrubs” (2003) and had the small role of Bill Shenk in the comedy film “Cheaper by the Dozen,” which starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. Also in 2003, he revisited the stage as the star of Noel Coward's stylish romantic comedy “Private Lives” at the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company. He also starred as Leo Bloom in the touring cast of the Broadway production of Mel Brooks' musical “The Producers” (2004-2005) and played Ronald in “Absurd Person Singular” (2005), a play by Alan Ayckbourn, at New York City’s Biltmore Theater.
Ruck resumed his screen career by appearing in the film “Exact Fire,” the TV film “Don's Ask” and an episode of “Stella” (all 2005). He then gave a guest appearance as Dr. Fletcher in “Stargate: Atlantis” (2006), appeared alongside Christine Evangelista, Michael Mosley, Patrick Duff and Kevin Corrigan in “Goodbye Baby” (2007), a drama film written and directed by Daniel Schechter, and had the important supporting role of Dr. Fry in Harvey Glazer's comedy “Kickin It Old Skool” (2007). He also appeared as a reporter in the eight episode miniseries adaptation of Jonathan Mahler's best selling book, “The Bronx Is Burning” (ESPN, 2007), starring Daniel Sunjata, Oliver Platt, and John Turturro, reprised his role of Captain John Harriman from “Star Trek: Generation” in the three part miniseries “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men,” played Steve Sinclair in an episode of “Ghost Whisperer” called “Bad Blood” and began his recurring role of Dean Bowman in the ABC family show “Greek” (all 2007).
2008 saw Ruck in the science fiction film “InAlienable,” Matthew Miele's “Eavesdrop” (as Casper), M. Night Shyamalan's horror film “The Happening” (with Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo), David Koepp's “Ghost Town” (played a ghost dad) and in episodes of such TV series as “Eureka,” “Psych” and “Boston Legal.” In 2009, he returned to series TV as a regular in the drama “Persons Unknown,” opposite Chadwick Boseman, Daisy Betts and Jason Wiles, and guest starred in the comedy series “Ruby & the Rockits” and the series “FlashForward.” He was also cast as Mr. Cooverman in the Chris Coumbus comedy film “I Love You, Beth Cooper,” starring Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust.
Ruck will appear in the comedy film “Booted,” which is slated for a 2010 release. Shaun Paul Costello will be directing the project and Greg Bell will be starring as Will Kellinsky.