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Alan Ruck

At the 2006 Dallas Comic Con.
Born July 1, 1956 (1956-07-01) (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Claudia Stefany (1986–2005), 2 children
Mireille Enos (2008–present)

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


Early life

Ruck was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Parma Senior High School located in Parma, Ohio and graduated from University of Illinois majoring in drama.[1]

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's appeared in Class and Hard Knocks as well as some television films.[1]


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.

Ruck played a significant role as Hendry William French in Young Guns II, the 1990 sequel to Young Guns. Ruck 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.[2] He also played annoying tourist Doug Stephens on the ill-fated bus in the blockbuster Speed, and was also one of the hostages in the lift at the beginning of the film. Another supporting role was of the eccentric storm chaser Robert 'Rabbit' Nurick in the 1996 disaster film Twister. His most recent work in film was as a ghost vying for Ricky Gervais' attention in Ghost Town.

In 1990–1991, he starred as Chicago ad man Charlie Davis, in the ABC series Going Places. Due to low ratings, ABC cancelled Going Places after only one season (and 22 episodes). From 1996–2002, he 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 initiated by his Ferris Bueller co-star, Matthew Broderick.

He was cast in the pilot of the Tim Minear-created FOX 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 starred in Episode 9 of the second season of Scrubs as a patient. He played reporter Steve Jacobson on the ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning.

In 2006, he guest starred in a single episode of Stargate Atlantis called "The Real World". In the 2007 comedy Kickin' It Old Skool, he appears as Dr. Frye, a possible reference 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.

He has a small role in the 2008 M. Night Shyamalan film, The Happening. He currently plays 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. He plays Mr. Cooverman in the film I Love You, Beth Cooper. In 2009 he filmed the medical drama Extraordinary Measures[3][4] in Portland, Oregon, with star Harrison Ford. He also guest starred 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?".

Personal life

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 again, this time to actress Mireille Enos, on January 4, 2008.


  1. ^ a b Haithman, Diane (1986-07-03). "Ruck Just Put Himself Into His 'Day Off' Role". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ Cast list at official forum for Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
  3. ^ "Extraordinary Measures"., Inc.. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  4. ^ "News and Culture: Brenden Fraser’s Untitled Crowley Project Now Has (Another) Terrible Title". Willamette Week. September 24, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 

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