Mark Ruffalo

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Like many other actors who were tagged "best of a generation," Mark Ruffalo's roots were in theater and independent film where his honest, open character approach was applauded. His breakout stage role in Kenneth ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

Now You See Me: The Second Act 2016 (Movie)

Dylan Rhodes (Actor)

2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 (Movie)

Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Actor)

Begin Again 2014 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Foxcatcher 2014 (Movie)

David Schultz (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spotlight 2014 (Movie)

Michael Rezendes (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

Ned Weeks (Actor)

The Normal Heart 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Infinitely Polar Bear 2013 (Movie)

Cam Stuart (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Dylan Rhodes (Actor)

Thanks For Sharing 2013 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Real Time with Bill Maher 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Actor)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Dear Governor Cuomo 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Margaret 2011 (Movie)

Maretti (Actor)

Sympathy for Delicious 2011 (Movie)

Father Joe (Actor)

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Date Night 2010 (Movie)

Brad Sullivan (Actor)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Chuck Aule (Actor)

The Kids Are All Right 2010 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Brothers Bloom 2009 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

The Boyfriend (Actor)

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Chicago 10 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Jerry Rubin (Actor)

What Doesn't Kill You 2008 (Movie)

Brian Reilly (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Reservation Road 2007 (Movie)

Dwight Arno (Actor)

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Inspector Dave Toschi (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Adam Stanton (Actor)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Jeff Daly (Actor)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

Matt Flamhaff (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Fanning (Actor)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

We Don't Live Here Anymore 2004 (Movie)

Jack Linden (Actor)

In the Cut 2003 (Movie)

Detective James A Malloy (Actor)

My Life Without Me 2003 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

View From the Top 2003 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

XX/XY 2003 (Movie)

Coles (Actor)

Windtalkers 2002 (Movie)

Pappas (Actor)

The Last Castle 2001 (Movie)

Yates (Actor)

Committed 2000 (Movie)

T-Bo (Actor)

The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can Count on Me 2000 (Movie)

Terry Prescott (Actor)

A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

Joel (Actor)

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

Alf Bowden (Actor)

54 1998 (Movie)

Ricko (Actor)

Life/Drawing 1998 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Safe Men 1998 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Last Big Thing 1998 (Movie)

Brent (Actor)

Due South 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mirror, Mirror III 1995 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

A Gift from Heaven 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Destiny of Marty Fine 1994 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

J D (Actor)

Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance 1993 (Movie)

Christian (Actor)

American Nuclear 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Money (TV Show)

Actor

On the 2nd Day of Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Dentist (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

The Normal Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Infinitely Polar Bear 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sympathy for Delicious 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Don't Live Here Anymore 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Destiny of Marty Fine 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (1)

The Destiny of Marty Fine 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Sympathy for Delicious 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Like many other actors who were tagged "best of a generation," Mark Ruffalo's roots were in theater and independent film where his honest, open character approach was applauded. His breakout stage role in Kenneth Lonergan's acclaimed "This Is Our Youth" led Lonergan to give Ruffalo the lead in his film directorial debut "You Can Count on Me" (2000), which earned countless festival awards and had critics buzzing about the little-known actor's subtle, compelling performance as a cerebral but aimless young adult with an arrest record and a pregnant teenage girlfriend. Hollywood came courting, but struggled with a tidy niche in which to put the darkly handsome actor; first offering him small but effective character roles as "conflicted" types in big budget thrillers like "Collateral" (2004) before unsuccessfully making the understated actor into a bland leading man in romantic comedies like "Just Like Heaven" (2005). Ruffalo eventually found an appropriate arena somewhere between the multiplex and the art house, favored by character-driven directors like Jane Campion, David Fincher, Steven Zaillian and eventually Martin Scorsese - all of whom capitalized on the actor's talent for believably disappearing into complex, empathetic characters.

Relationships

Sunrise Ruffalo Actor

Wife
Met in 1996 Ruffalo initially proposed in 1997 but Coigney turned him down; again proposed in 1999 Married June 11, 2000

Frank Ruffalo

Father

Marie Ruffalo

Mother

Bella Ruffalo

Daughter
Born in May 2005; mother, Sunrise Coigney

Odette Ruffalo

Daughter
Born Oct. 20, 2007; mother, Sunrise Coigney

Keen Ruffalo

Son
Born in June 2001; mother, Sunrise Coigney

Scott Ruffalo

Brother
Believed to have been gunned down at his home in an execution-style attack on Dec. 1, 2008 Died Dec. 8, 2008, a week after being shot in the head; two days after his death; police determined he was playing Russian Roulette and killed himself

Nicole Ruffalo

Sister

Tania Ruffalo

Sister

Mary Ruffalo

Grandmother

EDUCATION

Stella Adler Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

First Colonial High School

Virginia Beach , Virginia
Was a state champion wrestler

Milestones

2013

Featured in the hit crime comedy "Now You See Me"

2012

Co-starred in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers" as Bruce Banner/The Hulk

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("The Kids Are All Right")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Kids Are All Right")

2010

Played a U.S. Marshal in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"

2010

Co-starred with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right," about two children conceived by artificial insemination who invite their birth father (played by Ruffalo) into their home

2009

Played the mother's boyfriend in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are"

2009

Co-starred with Adrien Brody, as brother who make a living off of swindling millionaires, in the comedy "The Brothers Bloom"

2008

Co-starred with Julianne Moore in Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"

2008

Co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the crime drama, "What Doesn't Kill You"

2007

Played a divorced lawyer who accidentally kills a child and speeds away, in Terry George's film "Reservation Road"

2007

Portrayed a San Francisco detective in David Fincher's thriller, "Zodiac"

2006

Earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of "Awake and Sing"

2006

Cast in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel "All the King's Men"

2005

Played Jennifer Aniston's boyfriend in the comedy "Rumor Has It...," directed by Rob Reiner

2004

Portrayed a nerdy lab-technician who erases people's unpleasent memories in Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

2004

Co-starred with Naomi Watts, Laura Dern and Peter Krause in "We Don't Live Here Anymore"

2004

Played a cop in Michael Mann's thriller "Collateral," starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx

2003

Co-starred with Meg Ryan in the thriller "In The Cut"

2003

Starred in the independent feature "XX/XY"

2002

Featured in the John Woo-directed "Windtalkers"

2001

Cast as a prisoner operating as a bookmaker in "The Last Castle"

2000

Re-teamed with Lonergan for "You Can Count on Me" playing Laura Linney's troubled, aimless drifter brother

1999

Featured alongside real-life husband and wife Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara in the comedy "A Fish in a Bathtub"

1998

Reprised role of Warren Straub in an Off-Broadway run of "This Is Our Youth"

1998

Had a featured role as the illusionist's brother Theo in TNT's biopic "Houdini"

1998

Had a featured role as a safecracker in the independent comedy "Safe Men"

1997

Co-starred with Mary Stuart Masterson in the Lifetime holiday movie "On the 2nd Day of Christmas"

1996

Starred as Warren Straub in Kenneth Lonergan's production of "This Is Our Youth"

1996

Had a featured role in Dan Zukovic's popular culture satire "The Last Big Thing"

1995

Co-wrote, co-produced and acted in the independent release "The Destiny of Marty Fine"

1994

Appeared in "There Goes My Baby" starring Dermot Mulroney and Rick Schroder

1993

Received critical acclaim for his work in Kenneth Lonergan's "Betrayal By Everyone"

1992

Appeared in episodes of the short-lived series "Middle Ages" (NBC)

1990

Made stage debut in David Steen's "Avenue A" at Los Angeles' Cast Theater

After graduating high school, spent eight years wandering the USA

Bonus Trivia

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"The way this business works is that, and these are the cold, hard facts, is that you have to have commercial success in order to have choices. Unfortunately! So I'm really particular." - Ruffalo to Bruce Kirkland of the Toronto Sun, April 20, 2004

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In 2002, Ruffalo was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a type of brain tumor, and had surgery, which resulted in a period of partial facial paralysis, even though the tumor was found to be benign.

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Co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company. With the OTC, he has wrote, directed, and starred in a number of plays.

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