Marcus Paul Blucas (born January 11, 1972) is an American actor, possibly best known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Blucas was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, the son of Mary Blucas, an educator who is divorced from Blucas's father. After moving to Girard, Pennsylvania, he became the star center 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. 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. His first movie was Inflammable, made in 1995.