Actor/Filmmaker Troy Ruptash photographed
by Justin Bettman for The Wrap
Troy was born and raised in Vegreville, Alberta. Thirty years ago, after finishing his conservatory training at Ryerson Theater School in Toronto Troy began his journey as a working actor when he was cast in the first season of the television series: Law and Order. Since then he has continued to work consistently in the film and television industry. Troy has garnered attention for his work on stage and screen and has been covered by the media in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He’s worked with three Academy Award winning writer/directors (Paolo Sorrentino, Vicky Jenson and John Patrick Shanley) and has had lead and supporting roles in both Studio and Independent films. Troy has had recurring, guest star and guest lead roles on over 50 Network and cable television shows including being cast as the ‘real’ Don Draper on the iconic drama, Mad Men, ER, The West Wing, CSI, JAG, Longmire, Desperate Housewives, Prison Break, The Rookie, Training Day, The Mentalist, Justified and The Young Pope to name a few. Troy began his career as a director in 2015 directing two critically acclaimed plays in Los Angeles. In 2016 he co-produced and starred in 21 episodes of a web series called Firsts: The Series. In 2018, Troy’s first screenplay, They Who Surround Us was a finalist in the Duplass Brothers’ Hometown Heroes competition. In 2019, Troy went on to direct, produce and play the lead role in the film that was shot in his hometown of Vegreville, Alberta.