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Alan Ruck

Alan was born in Cleveland where his mother taught school and his father worked for a pharmaceutical company. He first became interested in acting while watching his older sister perform in school plays, inspiring him to become active in high school theatre himself. I had to do something, he recalls. "I might not have been the worst athlete in school, but I was the worst who tried out for anything."

At the University of Illinois Alan majored in theatre, and performed in summer stock in central Illinois. After graduation, he headed for Chicago, where he began working with some of the area's most prestigious theatre companies, including the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, and the Apollo Theatre. In Chicago, he starred in numerous stage productions as well as appeared in the feature films, Class and Bad Boy, and the telefilms, First Steps and Hard Knox.

He left Chicago for New York, where he appeared on Broadway for nine months, creating the character of Don Carney in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. After director John Hughes came to see star Matthew Broderick in the show, Alan ended up with the second lead in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Since then, Alan's other films have included Three for the Road, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Three Fugitives, Young Guns II, Star Trek: Generations, Speed and Twister. His television credits include the telefilm Shooter, the NBC pilot Morton's by the Bay, the ABC comedy Going Places, the Warner Brother's pilot Muscle, a guest starring role on Showtime's Outer Limits, and a recurring role on NBC's Mad About You." He can now be seen co-starring with Michael J. Fox on ABC's Spin City.

Alan currently resides in New York where he lives with his wife, Claudia, a writer, and their daughter and son.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Alan Ruck Facts

BirthdayJuly 1, 1956 (67)
BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Alan Ruck compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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