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.
Blucas at the premiere of The Jane Austen Book Club in 2007
Marcus Paul Blucas
January 11, 1972
Butler, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
Ryan Haddon (m. 2009)
Marcus Paul Blucas was born on January 11, 1972 in Butler, Pennsylvania, two years after his sister, Kristen. 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). They are divorced. "A self-confessed square who earned good grades," Blucas was, like his father, a skilled sportsman. Wally was the quarterback on the undefeated 1968 Big Indians team, competed in the Boardwalk Bowl, and in 1999 was inducted into the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame. 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. Blucas became the star player on the Girard High School basketball team, leading them to the Pennsylvania Boys AA State Championship, in the process earning all-state honors and a sports scholarship to Wake Forest University. 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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|The Killing Floor||David Lamont|
|The Jane Austen Book Club||Dean Drummond|
|2008||Meet Dave||Mark Rhodes|
|Stay Cool||Brad Nelson|
|Mother and Child||Steven|
|2010||Knight & Day||Rodney|
|2011||Red State||ATF Sniper|
|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|
|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"|
|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"|
|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)|
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- 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 Newspapers.com.
- Kologie, Carl (March 19, 2002). "Blucas a Rising Star". The Indiana Gazette. p. 10. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Inside Indiana – Names in the News". The Indiana Gazette. October 22, 1999. p. 14. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Marc Blucas Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1972-01-11. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- "INTERVIEW: Actor Marc Blucas". Dvdsnapshot.com. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- 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.
- "Marc Blucas Walks Down the Aisle". Whedonverse.net. Retrieved 2012-05-12.