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

Early life

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. 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.

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, 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. 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.

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

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.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1996EddieBench Knicks
1998PleasantvilleBasketball Hero
1999The Mating Habits of the Earthbound HumanThe Female's Ex-Boyfriend
House on Haunted HillPeriod Film ActorScenes Deleted
2001Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackThe GuyFred Jones look-alike
Summer CatchMiles Dalrymple
2002We Were Soldiers2nd Lt. Henry Herrick
Sunshine StateScotty Duval
2003I Capture the CastleNeil Cotton
Prey for Rock & RollAnimal
View from the TopTommy Boulay
One Flight StandBenShort film
2004The AlamoJames Bonham
First DaughterJames Lamson
2006Thr3eKevin Parson
2007After SexChristopher
The Killing FloorDavid Lamont
The Jane Austen Book ClubDean Drummond
2008Meet DaveMark Rhodes
Stay CoolBrad Nelson
StuntmenEligh Supreme
Mother and ChildSteven
2010Knight & DayRodney
2011Red StateATF Sniper
2015Sleeping with Other PeopleFilming
1995InflammableEvansTV movie
1998ArlissMcNamaraEpisode: The Legacy
1999The '60sBuddy WellsTV movie
CluelessDoug SampsonEpisode: "Popularity"
UndressedBillEpisode: 1.15
1999–2000, 2002Buffy the Vampire SlayerRiley FinnMain Role; 31 episodes
2007Judy's Got a GunRichard PalmTV pilot
HouseJohn KelleyEpisode: "Top Secret"
2008Eleventh HourDetective McNeilEpisode: "Resurrection"
2009Lie to MeJack RaderEpisode: Control Factor
CastleJeremy PreswickEpisode: "The Fifth Bullet"
2010True BlueJD ConlinTV pilot
Law & Order: Los AngelesChip JarrowEpisode: "Playa Vista"
2011Body of ProofDr. Mark ChandlerEpisode: "Dead Man Walking"
2011–2013Necessary RoughnessMatthew DonnallyMain role; 29 episodes
2013Blue BloodsRussell BurkeEpisode: "The City That Never Sleeps"
2014Killer WomenDan WinstonSeries Regular

External links

  • Marc Blucas at the Internet Movie Database
  • Marc Blucas at AllMovie