Brandon Ruckdashel comes from suburban Minnesota. When he was fourteen, his family moved to Utah, where Brandon acted on stage for the first time as Westley / Man In Black in "The Princess Bride" and the following year as one of the ensemble members in his first musical "Lil Abner."
Moving again, this time to Virginia, Brandon continued his theatrical studies at the E.C. Glass School. His Junior year Brandon tackled a dream role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and his Senior year he was awarded "Best Actor in Virginia 2000" for his performance in Pippin as Pippin at the Virginia Theatre Association conference.
During the summer of his senior year Brandon attended North Carolina School of the Arts intensive summer acting program and decided that he pursued acting as a career. Brandon became a Musical Theater Major at East Carolina University and performed in many musical comedies and plays. After his final performance of Nutcracker for the Dance Arts Theater there, he packed his bags & moved to New York.
Brandon immediately found work and during his first year in New York. He appeared in a number of movies including Ivan Reitman's "Super Ex-Girlfriend" and the indie film "The Landscapers Daughter." Last Summer Brandon played the lead character Hotdog in the musical "Surf's Up!" He also starred in the feature film "Virgil," playing the title character Virgil; the film will have its theatrical release next year.
Brandon was the lead in the controversial play "Ascension," which opened in New York to rave reviews. He played Lorenzo Sabatino, an attractive, charismatic, dangerous young man. More recently he played Twist in the musical "Twist" in Los Angeles, again to rave reviews.
On television he was the lead in the HBO/Cinemax series Coed Confidential and in a spin-off feature Cougar School as well in the television feature Sex Spirit. Brandon also has played recurring guest star roles in the Here Network series The Lair and in the HBO/Cinemax series Life On Top as well as in the Jerry Zucker pilot National Debt.
On film Brandon played Virgil, a naive young man caught in the decadent 1920's Parisian demimonde, in the independent feature Virgil and Marty, a Wall Street manipulator, in the new Lionsgate feature Changing The Game. He plays Det. Benesh in upcoming feature The Meat Puppet.
In addition to film and television, Brandon has continued his stage work. In Los Angeles he played Chip in the musical The Next Big Thing and Twist in the Drama Desk Award nominated Twist. In New York he starred in George Carr's A Body Without A Head and in Alexander Pushkin's Little Tragedies.
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