Alan Ruck

Actor
Like many young actors in the 1980s, Alan Ruck received his start in a John Hughes comedy, specifically "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1987), as the title character's hypochondriac pal, Cameron; however, unlike many of his ... Read more »
Born: 07/01/1956 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Carnage Park 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Catch 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middle 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hindsight 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Crimes 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Whispers 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Goodbye Baby 2014 (Movie)

Douglass (Actor)

Instant Mom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intelligence 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zombie Night 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Bunheads 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Sex 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shanghai Calling 2013 (Movie)

Marcus Groff (Actor)

We Are Men 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ben & Kate 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

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Extraordinary Measures 2010 (Movie)

Pete Sutphen (Actor)

Justified 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS: Los Angeles 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Persons Unknown 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cougar Town 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love You, Beth Cooper 2009 (Movie)

Mr C (Actor)

Eureka 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

Ghost Dad (Actor)

Greek 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Happening 2008 (Movie)

Principal (Actor)

Kickin' It Old Skool 2007 (Movie)

Dr Felgood (Actor)

Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bronx Is Burning 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 (Movie)

Bill Shenk (Actor)

Mad About You 1995 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1993 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Spin City 1996 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Charlie Sheen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Everything Put Together 2001 (Movie)

Kessel (Actor)

Matthew Broderick 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Endsville 2000 (Movie)

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Walking to the Waterline 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Rabbit (Actor)

Daddy's Girls 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Muscle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed 1994 (Movie)

Stephens (Actor)

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

Captain Harriman (Actor)

The Edge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Whit & Charm 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Going Places 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like in the Movies 1990 (Movie)

Dean Erickson (Actor)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Hendry French (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

John Wangle (Actor)

Morton's By the Bay 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Shooter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Fugitives 1989 (Movie)

Tener (Actor)

Three For the Road 1987 (Movie)

T S (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Cameron Frye (Actor)

Bad Boys 1983 (Movie)

Carl Brennan (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

First Steps (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Knox (TV Show)

Actor

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Actor

The Ransom of Red Chief (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Like many young actors in the 1980s, Alan Ruck received his start in a John Hughes comedy, specifically "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1987), as the title character's hypochondriac pal, Cameron; however, unlike many of his contemporaries from the period, Ruck enjoyed a lengthy career in the years that followed, with comic and dramatic turns in the action megahit "Speed" (1994) and on the series "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002). Older than most players on the teen scene during the 1980s, Ruck segued quickly into character parts, where his dry delivery - which could be quickly and easily driven into a flustered state - was put to excellent use on numerous sitcoms and in features. Ruck was versatile enough to find work in nearly every genre, from big-budget action epics like "Twister" (1996) and science fiction like "Star Trek: Generations" (1994) to more thoughtful drama like "The Bronx is Burning" (ESPN, 2007). His turn as the anxiety-ridden Cameron, however, remained his most beloved and recognizable work, assuring him celebrity status as long as kids dreamed of skipping a day of school.

Relationships

Mireille Enos Actor

Wife
Married Jan. 4, 2008

Emma Ruck

Daughter
born c. 1987 mother, Claudia Stefany

Sam Ruck

Son
mother, Claudia Stefany

Claudia Stefany

Wife
Married June 22, 1984 Divorced 2005

EDUCATION

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois 1979

Milestones

2003

Acted in the comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen," which starred Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt

1998

Appeared in the HBO mini series "From the Earth to the Moon"

1996

Cast in regular role on the ABC sitcom "Spin City"

1995

Played a regular role on "Muscle", a serialized sitcom on The WB TV Network

1994

Played Lenny, a dull opthamologist, on "Daddy's Girls", a short-lived sitcom

1986

First film lead, John Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

1985

Broadway debut in the original production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"

1984

TV-movie debut, "Hard Knox", an unsold pilot for a Robert Conrad military academy series

1983

Feature acting debut, "Class", a teen comedy starring Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy and Jacqueline Bisset

1980

Worked regularly in Chicago's off-Loop theater

1980

Stage debut, "Album" at Chicago's Apollo Theater

1979

Moved to Chicago after college

Fell in live with acting in the sixth grade after participating in a reading of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Cast as an ensemble member on "The Edge", a short-lived sketch comedy series

Debut as a TV regular, "Going Places", a sitcom about the lives of young singles

Acted off-Broadway in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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An avid fisher, Ruck was written up in the Los Angeles Times for his catch of a 13-pound catfish in Southern California's Lake Piru.

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In December 2001, Ruck was hospitalized in NYC with a strep infection that caused kidney failure. After receiving treatment, he was expected to fully recover but he would be absent from the last episodes "Spin City" in the 2001-2002 season.

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