Cameron Frye, you're my hero
Everyone has a theory on what made "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" so great. The irresistible Matthew Broderick. The sublime script by John Hughes. The brilliant villainy of Jeffrey Jones.
All good picks, but don't forget the always-underrated Alan Ruck as "Cameron Frye," possibly second to only Ducky Dale as best comic figure in a Hughes flick.
Ruck turns 52 years old today, making him by far the oldest "teen" cast member of "Ferris." (He was 29 years old when played the part.) Ruck and Broderick were pals back in acting school as kids, and popular legend has it that the adult voice that Ruck imitated often in Ferris -- "Mr. Peterson" -- was that of their drama class teacher.
If you think Ruck was a one-hit wonder of the 80s, surely you've forgotten his work in "Class," "Bad Boys" and "Three for the Road." (Actually, no points off if you forgot that last one.) Then there's that stretch on TV's "Spin City." He also got a lot of mileage playing a starship captain in 1994's "Star Trek: Generations."
These days, Ruck remains busy in the acting biz, playing the role of "Dean Bowman" in TV's "Greek" and making appearances in 2007's "Kickin' It Old Skool" and 2008's "The Happening."
Happy birthday, Alan. We're just glad you didn't up as a fry-cook on Venus.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE "CAMERON FRYE" LINES:
5. "I am not going to sit on my a-- as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I'm going to take a stand. I'm going to defend it. Right or wrong, I'm going to defend it."
4. "You just mind your P's and Q's, buster, and remember who you're dealing with!"
3. "Pardon my French, but you're an a--hole!"
2. "Ferris Bueller, you're my hero."
1. "When Cameron was in Egypt's land ... Let my Cameron go!"