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Robert Rusler (born September 20, 1965) is an American film and television actor. He starred in the 1989 film Shag as main character “Buzz”.


Rusler was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Maria Elena (née Varela) and Richard C. Rusler.[1] He moved to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, where he started surfing and skateboarding on a semi-professional level, competing in local tournaments. Then he and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he studied martial arts and entered many competitions. After high school, Robert wanted to try his hand as an actor and began taking acting classes at the Loft Studio with Peggy Feury and William Taylor.

His first film role was Max in the 1985 hit comedy Weird Science. He appeared later that year in horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge as Grady. While filming the movie, Rob and the star of the movie, Mark Patton became close friends. He also played Richard Lawson in the 1991 TV film Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back. Rusler has appeared in television series, such as the short lived 1990 series The Outsiders as Tim Shepard, and in the 1993 series Angel Falls, but his best known TV role was in the 1990s hit science fiction series Babylon 5 as Warren Keffer in season 2 (1994–1995). He has acted in the 1995 sci-fi video game flight simulator, Wing Commander IV which starred Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell. He also appeared in an episode of the TV series The Unit.

Rusler has made guest appearances on television shows ranging from The Facts of Life, Snoops, Cold Case, Medium, The Unit, The Closer, 24, Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Enterprise in the season 3 episode "Anomaly" as Orgoth. He has appeared in a Heineken commercial directed by Oliver Stone.

Rusler is married to Erin Louise Jellison.


List of Film and television credits
Year Title Role
1985 The Facts Of Life Neil
Weird Science Max
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Ron Grady
1986 Dangerously Close N/A
Vamp A. J.
Thrashin' Tommy Hook
1987 Tonight's The Night N/A
1989 Shag Buzz Ravenel
1990 The Outsiders Tim Shepard
1991 Sometimes They Come Back Richard Lawson
1992 Final Embrace Kyle Lambton
Crisis In The Kremlin Jack Reilly
1993 Amityville: A New Generation Ray
Angel Falls Toby Riopelle
1994-1995 Babylon 5 Lt. Warren Keffer
1995 Murder, She Wrote Pete Menteer
Wing Commander IV: The Price Of Freedom Seether
1997 The Underworld Dick
1999 Mike Hammer, Private Eye Jimmy Grecco
Wasted In Babylon Chaz
Snoops N/A
2002 Robbery Homicide Division Greg Canton
2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Orgoth
L.A. Dragnet N/A
2004 The Whole Ten Yards Policeman #2
Cold Case Lt. Nash Cavanaugh
Air Strike Ben Garrett
NCIS Lt. Col. Curtis Teague
2005 Rebound Falcon Coach
2006 24 Hank
Surveillance Ben Palmer
Rising Son: The Legend Of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi Himself
Shifted Skippy, Tail O' The Pup Employee
The Hunt Chronicles Himself
The Hunt Atticus Monroe
Horror's Hallowed Grounds Himself
2007 Forfeit Jimmy
Agenda Alec Foster
The Closer Joe White
The Unit Colonel
2008 Medium David Barrington
LA LA Land Jerry Flaxman
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Himself
The Black Belle Robert Rusler
2011 Delivered Wiggs
Metro Balmer
2012 Bones Hunter Sherman
2015 Tales Of Halloween Mr. Blake
Ray Donovan Gus O'Dea
2016 Murder In The First Detective Ron Bestul
2018 Light As A Feather Mr. Morris
2020 In Search Of Darkness: Part II Himself


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