MARC BLUCAS

Marc Blucas has had the rare opportunity to come within reach of two lifelong dreams: playing professional basketball and achieving Hollywood stardom with feature film roles and a recurring role as Buffy’s new beau in the fourth and early fifth seasons on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Born and raised in a small Pennsylvania town, Blucas’ storybook childhood was centered on his talent for playing basketball, a gift that brought his high school team two state championships and earned him a scholarship to Wake Forest University. An Academic All-American and starter on the Division I team, Blucas graduated with a degree in business and communications. After playing professionally for a year overseas, he left his hoop dreams behind and turned his focus to acting. Yet, it was his prowess on the basketball court that landed his first acting role, starring with Whoopi Goldberg in the sports-themed feature film “Eddie.”

In the big-screen drama “Pleasantville,” he landed a role as a high school basketball player from an open call audition. His experience on the court also came in handy as he was hired as a technical advisor on the film, casting the other players, consulting on the sports dialogue and choreographing the game scenes. He most recently appeared in the independent comedy “Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human” and the thriller “House on Haunted Hill.”

On television, Blucas has starred in several television movies, including “The Jim Valvano Story” about the famous basketball coach for which he also served a technical advisor for the game scenes, and “Inflammable” with Kris Kristofferson. He also appeared opposite Jerry O’Connell in the miniseries “The 60’s” and guest-starred on “Arli$$” and MTV’s “Undressed.”

When not working, Blucas spends his free time as a referee for a youth basketball league in Los Angeles.