Whatever Happened To Buzz from 'Home Alone'? Devin Ratray Is More than Kevin's Mean Older Brother
If you were a kid growing up alongside Kevin McAllister from Home Alone , then your biggest fear was that your older siblings would turn into the demon spawn that was Kevin's older brother Buzz. Buzz was an obnoxious tween who lived to embarrass and torture his younger brother, so much so that it seemed pretty obvious why Kevin was able to thwart an attack from the Wet Bandits — he clearly had a lot of practice fighting off Buzz's humiliation attempts. Whether Buzz was using his poor tarantula as a weapon, stealing Kevin's pizza, or pranking him during a Christmas pageant, Buzz was kind of the worst — and we can thank actor Devin Ratray for bringing out the worst in Buzz.
Ratray may have given us one of the greatest villains of '90s Christmas flicks, but he didn't stop working once Buzz stopped torturing his little brother. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that you've seen Ratray in quite a few projects over the past 24 years. The 37-year-old actor (do you feel old yet, Home Alone fans?) has worked consistently since Home Alone across both television and film, and here's where you might have seen him.
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Immediately following Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, Ratray had a minor role in the John Hughes–penned live-action Dennis the Menace film. Ratray portrayed Mickey, the boyfriend of one of Dennis' babysitters. I'm sure it was refreshing for Ratray to portray someone who wasn't actually the menace of the story.
The Prince and Me (2004)
Ratray played Scotty, the roommate of the titular "Prince." You can watch him interrupting the flirtatious bickering between the characters at the 1:36 mark: "Dude, there's a chick in our room!"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2004)
Ratray played a serial killer on the procedural, which has horrifying implications for your childhood. Check out his character interview above — but don't if you're afraid of people in masks...
Ratray portrays a tech guru opposite Bruce Willis in the 2009 sci-fi flick. Let's be honest: The film was kind of forgettable. However, in the above interview with the Huffington Post about the film, Ratray says something that isn't as easy to forget: He tells aspiring actors to only do the job if there is absolutely nothing else in their soul that they would want to do.
The actor had a role in the Best Picture–nominated drama as a money-grubbing nephew of a sweepstakes winner, played by Bruce Dern.
Ratray joined Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds in this supernatural action flick.
Now, the big question: What does Ratray look like now? Check out these recent pics of Ratray that prove he certainly isn't the obnoxious Buzz in real life.
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