John Howard van de Ruit is a South African novelist, actor, playwright and producer.
He was born in Durban and educated at Michaelhouse, where he stayed in Founders House and from where he matriculated in 1993.
He has been a professional actor, playwright and producer since 1998. He then went on to complete a Master"s degree in Drama and Performance at the then University of Natal. His first novel was published in 2005 by Penguin, entitled Spud.
The book was a runaway success in South Africa.
The sequel Spud - The Madness Continues.. was released in mid-2007. The third book Spud - Learning to Fly was released on 10 June 2009.
The first book Spud has also been recorded as an audio book, read by the author The 4th book Spud: Exit, Pursued by a Bear was released in 2012 on the 4th of August.
Following the sale of the rights to film producer Ross Garland, the film Spud - the Movie was shot between March and April 2010, and released on 3 December 2010.