Marc Blucas

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Marc Blucas
Marc Blucas jane austen book club.jpg
Blucas at The Jane Austen Book Club premiere, 2007
Born Marcus Paul Blucas
(1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 42)
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Haddon (2009–present)

Marcus Paul "Marc" Blucas (born January 11, 1972) is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Matthew Donnally on Necessary Roughness.

Early life[edit]

Blucas was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary Catherine (née Gordon), is an educator, and his father, Walter Joseph Blucas, is a school superintendent.[1][2][3] They are divorced. After moving to Girard, Pennsylvania (a town near Erie), he became the star player on the Girard High School basketball team. He also played basketball at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1994 after one season playing on the same court as Tim Duncan. He was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[4]

After Blucas failed to make it into the NBA, he moved to England, where he played professional basketball for a year with British Basketball League's Manchester Giants. He later decided to become a lawyer, but changed his mind and went into acting instead.[5]

Career[edit]

Blucas's first television role was in the television movie Inflammable, made in 1995. From there, he found roles in both television and film. He starred as the Basketball Hero in Gary Ross's Pleasantville (1998). However, he finally landed his first major role in 1999, as Agent Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Initially, Blucas was certain that he had blown his audition and had left apologizing for having wasted creator Joss Whedon's time. Whedon asked him to audition again, and he received the part two weeks later.[6] He played Buffy's love interest until 2000.

After his departure from the series, he went on to act in such film as Summer Catch (2001), We Were Soldiers (2002), alongside Mel Gibson and Chris Klein, and First Daughter (2004), with Katie Holmes. His character in Summer Catch was based on real life Cape League baseball player Michael Macone.

In 2007, Blucas began to land leading roles in films such as Thr3e and The Killing Floor.

In February 2010, Blucas joined the cast of the ABC television drama pilot True Blue.[7]

Blucas was part of the regular cast of the USA Network show Necessary Roughness for the first two seasons, playing Matthew Donnelly. The series premiered on June 29, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

On July 25, 2009, Blucas married journalist Ryan Haddon, daughter of Dayle Haddon and is stepfather to her children from her first marriage to actor Christian Slater.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Eddie Bench Knicks
1998 Pleasantville Basketball Hero
1999 The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human The Female's Ex-Boyfriend
House on Haunted Hill Period Film Actor Scenes Deleted
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back The Guy Fred Jones look-alike
Summer Catch Miles Dalrymple
2002 We Were Soldiers 2nd Lt. Henry Herrick
Sunshine State Scotty Duval
They Paul
2003 I Capture the Castle Neil Cotton
Prey for Rock & Roll Animal
View from the Top Tommy Boulay
One Flight Stand Ben Short film
2004 The Alamo James Bonham
First Daughter James Lamson
2006 Thr3e Kevin Parson
2007 After Sex Christopher
The Killing Floor David Lamont
The Jane Austen Book Club Dean Drummond
2008 Meet Dave Mark Rhodes
Animals Jarrett
2009 Deadline David
Stay Cool Brad Nelson
Stuntmen Eligh Supreme
Mother and Child Steven
2010 Knight & Day Rodney
2011 Red State ATF Sniper
2012 Touchback Hall
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Inflammable Evans TV movie
1998 Arliss McNamara Episode: The Legacy
1999 The '60s Buddy Wells TV movie
Clueless Doug Sampson Episode: "Popularity"
Undressed Bill Episode: 1.15
1999–2000, 2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Riley Finn Main Role; 31 episodes
2007 Judy's Got a Gun Richard Palm TV pilot
House John Kelley Episode: "Top Secret"
2008 Eleventh Hour Detective McNeil Episode: "Resurrection"
2009 Lie to Me Jack Rader Episode: Control Factor
Castle Jeremy Preswick Episode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010 True Blue JD Conlin TV pilot
Law & Order: Los Angeles Chip Jarrow Episode: "Playa Vista"
2011 Body of Proof Dr. Mark Chandler Episode: "Dead Man Walking"
2011–2013 Necessary Roughness Matthew Donnally Main role; 29 episodes
2013 Blue Bloods Russell Burke Episode: "The City That Never Sleeps"
2014 Killer Women Dan Winston Series Regular

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