Ian Ruskin

Actor, Writer and Social Activist

I trained as an actor in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed in England for 15 years. I came to Los Angeles in 1985 and worked primarily in television; usually guest starring as the intelligent bad guy in shows such as “Murder She Wrote”, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “MacGyver”. This work paid the rent but did not in any way fulfill the dream that I had as a student at RADA – to work in plays that would affect an audience. As a young actor in repertory theatre I was in great classical plays and in the works of the most exciting new playwrights, in plays that could not only move audiences but give them something to reflect on as they went home. This was not happening on the sound stage of “MacGyver”…