Marc Blucas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Marc Blucas
Marc Blucas jane austen book club.jpg
Blucas at the premiere of The Jane Austen Book Club in 2007
Marcus Paul Blucas

(1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 48)
Years active1995–present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Ryan Haddon (m. 2009)

Marcus Paul Blucas (born January 11, 1972) is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Matthew Donnelly in Necessary Roughness and recently, abolitionist John Hawkes in Underground. Prior to his acting career, he was known for playing college basketball with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Early life[edit]

Marcus Paul Blucas was born on January 11, 1972 in Butler, Pennsylvania,[2][3] two years after his sister, Kristen.[4] His parents, Walter Joseph Blucas and Mary Catherine (née Gordon), married on January 10, 1970, shortly before both graduated in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).[5] They are divorced. "A self-confessed square who earned good grades,"[1] Blucas was, like his father, a skilled sportsman.[6] Wally was the quarterback on the undefeated 1968 Big Indians team,[7] competed in the Boardwalk Bowl, and in 1999 was inducted into the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame.[4][8] The family moved to Girard in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1974, where Blucas' father rose from teacher to school principal and ultimately to Superintendent of Schools for the District.[4] Blucas became the star player on the Girard High School basketball team, leading them to the Pennsylvania Boys AA State Championship,[6] in the process earning all-state honors and a sports scholarship to Wake Forest University.[7][8] He played in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team and graduated in 1994 after one season playing on the same court as Tim Duncan. He was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[9]

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.[10]


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, Blucas 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.[11] He played Buffy's love interest until 2000.

After Blucas' departure from the series, he went on to act in such films 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.[12]

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 two children from her first marriage to actor Christian Slater.[13]



Year Film Role 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
2015 Sleeping with Other People Chris
2016 The Red Maple Leaf Derek Sampson
Operation Christmas Scott McGuigan Television film
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Gil


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Inflammable Evans Television film (CBS)
1998 Arliss McNamara Episode: The Legacy
1999 The '60s Buddy Wells Television film (NBC)
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 Television 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 Television pilot
Law & Order: Los Angeles Chip Jarrow Episode: "Playa Vista"
2011 Revenge David Clarke Episode: "Un-aired Pilot"
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
Stalker Mark Richards Episode: "Skin"
2015 Limitless Nick Tanner Episode: "This Is Your Brian on Drugs"
2016 Underground John Hawke Recurring Role; 9 episodes
Operation Christmas Scott Mc Guigan Television film (Hallmark)
The Irresistible Blueberry Farm Roy Cumberfield Television film (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)
2017 Miss Christmas Sam McNary Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Season for Love Corey Turner Television film (Hallmark)
2019 The Fix Riv
2019 Holiday For Heroes Matt Evans Television Film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)


  1. ^ a b Vancheri, Barbara (September 23, 2004). "Erie native Blucas shoots and scores as an actor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. 31, D3. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Google News Archive.
  2. ^ "A Beau for Buffy :". December 11, 2000. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  3. ^ Retrieved 27 October 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b c "IUP Athletic Hall of Fame – Wally Blucas". Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 2017. Archived from the original on March 6, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mary Catherine Gordon Weds Walter J. Blucas". The Indiana Evening Gazette. January 27, 1970. p. 10. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Free to read
  6. ^ a b Steiner, Jeff (April 6, 1990). "Blucas follows father's act, only in a different sport". The Indiana Gazette. p. 16. Retrieved November 23, 2017 – via Free to read
  7. ^ a b Kologie, Carl (March 19, 2002). "Blucas a Rising Star". The Indiana Gazette. p. 10. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Free to read
  8. ^ a b "Inside Indiana – Names in the News". The Indiana Gazette. October 22, 1999. p. 14. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Free to read
  9. ^ "Famous Fraternity and Sorority Greeks: Sigma Phi Epsilon". 2011. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  10. ^ "Marc Blucas Biography - Yahoo! Movies". 1972-01-11. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  11. ^ "INTERVIEW: Actor Marc Blucas". Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 16, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Marc Blucas recruited for 'True Blue' duty". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on February 18, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  13. ^ "Marc Blucas Walks Down the Aisle". Retrieved 2012-05-12.

External links[edit]