Surely this can’t be right

Gail at Pop Culture Junk Mail makes a horrifying discovery:

Alan Ruck, who played Cameron on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is 52 years old.

Worse yet, it seems to be true:

Alan Ruck (born July 1, 1956) is an American stage, television and film actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s hypochondriac best friend in John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) (Ruck was 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.

What’s more, Ruck had been married for two years when Ferris Bueller hit the screen.

And did any Spin City viewers take a close look at Stuart and think, “Isn’t that Cameron from Ferris Bueller?”

Keep in mind that I’m still dealing with the mind-boggling idea that my firstborn is now 30.


  1. Jan »

    2 November 2008 · 2:31 pm

    Okay…that blows my mind, too.

  2. fillyjonk »

    2 November 2008 · 3:01 pm

    You know, I’m kind of glad I didn’t know that when the movie was first out. I always liked Cameron better than Ferris…

    I’m sure there are lots of people who could play younger than they actually are. I seem to remember some minor “scandal” a few years back about a Hollywood writer who claimed to be in her early 20s (supposedly the sweet-spot age for hitting the “desirable” demographics) when she was 10 years or so older.

  3. CGHill »

    2 November 2008 · 3:36 pm

    Depends on your definition of “a few years.” From Vent #128, 9 December 1998:

    You probably don’t know Riley Weston. I didn’t. I’d seen a picture here, an article there, and eventually figured out that she was one of Hollywood’s Wunderkinder, a writer, all of nineteen years old and expected to do Great Things. She was turning out stories — and occasionally appearing in them — for the hotly-hyped college drama Felicity, and Disney had signed her to a six-figure production deal. “It’s people like that,” Tom Lehrer once grumbled, “who make you realize how little you’ve accomplished. When Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.”

    Tom Lehrer was thirty-seven at the time, five years older than nineteen-year-old Riley Weston is now. If that doesn’t seem to add up, well, what happened is this: Entertainment Tonight, tipped off by someone or other, discovered that “Riley Weston” is in fact Kimberlee Elizabeth Kramer, née Seaman, thirty-two, an actress with not many credits who decided to make a clean break with her past and reinvent herself.

    The usual suspects weighed in with wailing and gnashing of teeth, Weston’s writing contract expired and was not renewed (though she continues to act on Felicity), and rumors began to swirl that Touchstone Television was about to scrub Holliman’s Way, Weston’s first production under the Disney deal. Weston was vaguely apologetic about having pulled the wool over so many eyes, but she was far from contrite. Hollywood, she explains, practically demands this sort of deception: “If I were getting a job in any other industry, do you think anyone would care how old I am or how I look?”

    I’d still defend Weston, on the basis that I have always scorned F. Scott Fitzgerald’s notion that “there are no second acts in American lives”; if anything, this is the home of second acts. Third and fourth, even.

  4. McGehee »

    2 November 2008 · 6:00 pm

    Alan Ruck keeps turning up here and there in a lot of interesting places. For example, he played the captain of the new Enterprise in an early sequence of “Star Trek: Generations,” with Shatner, Doohan and Koenig, before Captain Kirk disappears into the Nexus and is presumed dead.

    Lately he is actually starting to look his age — apparently the Dick Clark potion he drank was only half-strength.

  5. hatless in hattiesburg »

    2 November 2008 · 7:36 pm

    “And did any Spin City viewers take a close look at Stuart and think, “Isn’t that Cameron from Ferris Bueller?””

    that was exactly my first thought. he was the only reason i gave spin city a chance, and it wasn’t enough for me to *keep* watching that show.

    i also remember the “brouhaha” about the real ages of the 90210 cast.

  6. Jeff Brokaw »

    3 November 2008 · 11:34 am

    52, eh? Well I’m not quite 50 yet, so boo-yah, Ruckman!!

    He was pretty good in Spin City, though. That was a halfway decent show.

  7. Jeff Brokaw »

    3 November 2008 · 11:35 am

    Ruck? Whatever.

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