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Also Known As: Marcus P Blucas Died:
Born: January 11, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Girard, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, technical advisor, professional basketball player

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A tall, blond, clean-cut star athlete from small-town Pennsylvania, Marc Blucas had supporting roles on film and television before winning his big break, playing vampire hunter Riley Finn in a regular role on the popular supernatural TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB) beginning in 1999. A top high school basketball player and subsequent college hoops achiever with Wake Forest University, Blucas played overseas for the Manchester Giants for a season after the NBA draft didn't pick him up. An admirer of the film "A Few Good Men," he initially looked to go from the basketball court to a court of law with a career as an attorney, but realized his passion was sparked by the acting aspect of the film. Exceptional athletic skill made the neophyte stand out from millions of would-be actors, and opened additional doors for him. He made his film debut when producers needed a babyfaced basketballer to portray a benched Knick in the feature "Eddie" (1996), and won a behind-the-scenes technical coordinator job on the basketball-themed biopic "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story" (CBS, 1996). Serious about his new craft, Blucas became an eager acting student and spent time developing his skills before...

A tall, blond, clean-cut star athlete from small-town Pennsylvania, Marc Blucas had supporting roles on film and television before winning his big break, playing vampire hunter Riley Finn in a regular role on the popular supernatural TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB) beginning in 1999. A top high school basketball player and subsequent college hoops achiever with Wake Forest University, Blucas played overseas for the Manchester Giants for a season after the NBA draft didn't pick him up. An admirer of the film "A Few Good Men," he initially looked to go from the basketball court to a court of law with a career as an attorney, but realized his passion was sparked by the acting aspect of the film. Exceptional athletic skill made the neophyte stand out from millions of would-be actors, and opened additional doors for him. He made his film debut when producers needed a babyfaced basketballer to portray a benched Knick in the feature "Eddie" (1996), and won a behind-the-scenes technical coordinator job on the basketball-themed biopic "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story" (CBS, 1996). Serious about his new craft, Blucas became an eager acting student and spent time developing his skills before going out for further roles. In 1998, a bit part in "Pleasantville" turned into an important opportunity for Blucas, whose basketball knowledge was a useful commodity for the filmmakers. He ended up with a larger acting role, and also assisted the production by choreographing the film's basketball scenes.

The following year, Blucas returned to television with a supporting role in the NBC event miniseries "The 60s" and a guest part on the UPN comedy "Clueless." That fall he caught an enviable break with another TV series based on a hit teen film, replacing David Boreanaz's Angel as Buffy Summers' love interest on the popular series "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." Blucas played a Superman-like graduate student/vampire hunter, who, clad in a camouflage jumpsuit, rids the world of the evil undead by dark of night. While the gig proved a fun adventure and a dream job for an actor's exposure, Blucas soon found that not all of the diehard fans were ready for him when he stumbled upon the inevitable anti-Riley Web sites. The actor took the barbs in stride, and his character, a mysterious displaced farm boy do-gooder, soon developed his own loyal fan base. Blucas banked on his popularity translating to the big screen when he co-starred with fellow teenage heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. and The WB cohort Jessica Biel in Mike Tollin's sports-themed romance "Summer Catch" (2001). Supporting roles in the films "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001), "We Were Soldiers" (2002) and "Sunshine State" (2002) followed.

In 2002, he co-starred in the Robert Harmon feature thriller, "They" and landed a major role in the acclaimed indie "I Capture the Castle" (2002) playing one of a pair of brothers who fall for the same woman (Rose Byrne). In another high-profile indie, "Prey for Rock and Roll" (2003) Blucas was cast a virginal ex-con who serves as Mr. Right for the frontwoman (Gina Gershon) of an all-female rock band. The actor was then seen in a supporting roles in the long-delayed airline comedy flop "A View From the Top" (2003) and the ill-recieved historical drama "The Alamo" (2004) before being cast as the handsome Secret Service agent who goes undercover at a college to protect a spirited Presidential offspring (Katie Holmes) in the romantic comedy "First Daughter" (2004).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Season for Love (2018)
3.
 Miss Christmas (2017)
5.
7.
 One Heart (2013)
8.
 Red State (2011)
9.
 Knight and Day (2010)
10.
 Mother and Child (2009)
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1995:
Acted in the CBS TV-movie "Inflammable"
2002:
Appeared opposite Henry Thomas in "I Capture the Castle"
2001:
Was featured alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel in "Summer Catch", Mike Tollin's baseball-themed directorial debut
2004:
Appeared in the drama "The Alamo," which is based on the true events of the famous siege of the Alamo in San Antonio Texas
2002:
Ca-starred in the thriller feature "They"
1999:
Acted in the highly rated NBC miniseries "The 60s"
1999:
Appeared on the latenight MTV serial "Undressed"
2010:
Played a supporting role opposite Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in the action/comedy "Knight and Day"
1996:
Was basketball coordinator of the CBS biopic "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story"
1996:
Appeared as a benched Knick in the feature "Eddie"
2004:
Cast as the love interest to Katie Holmes in "First Daughter" directed by Forest Whitaker
2002:
Cast in "A View From the Top"
2002:
Co-starred in the Vietnam War drama "We Were Soldiers"
1999:
Guest starred on "Clueless" (UPN) as a basketball player tutored by Rachel Blanchard's Cher
1996:
Launched the company Sports Prism International, a career management firm aiding professional athletes
1999:
Played the ex-boyfriend of Carmen Electra's character in the mockumentary "The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human"
2007:
Starred in the film adaptation of "Thr3e" a thriller by Ted Dekker
2015:
Landed a guest-starring role on the science fiction series "Limitless"
2016:
Nabbed a recurring role on the historical drama "Underground"
1998:
Had a supporting role in the feature "Pleasantville"; also choreographed the movie's basketball scenes
2002:
Had featured role in "Sunshine State", directed by John Sayles
1999:
Was a regular on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
2011:
Played Matthew Donnally on "Necessary Roughness"
2014:
Co-starred on the series "Killer Women"
2015:
Appeared in the comedy "Sleeping with Other People"
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Education

Girard High School: Girard, Pennsylvania - 1990
Wake Forest University: Winston-Salem, North Carolina - 1990

Notes

Blucas on the similarities between basketball and acting: "I always used to say they were alike in that you are performing under pressure, under the spotlight. Which is true, but I find they are more alike for me in how I approach both. The discipline, the focus, the intensity--and of course, the criticisms, the accolades, and the search for improvement. They both give me a rush that can't be faked or replicated--I am very lucky in that regard." --quoted to TheWB.com, 1999

"I reached the point when I realized I wasn't good enough to be the next Michael Jordan, so my dream changed." --Blucas on switching his career focus, quoted in the "Who's Hot" column on UltimateTV, March 20, 2000

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mother:
Mary Blucas. Divorced from Blucas' father.

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