Mark Ruffalo Television Actor Facts Biography Impelreport
Television Actor, Theater Actor, Film Actor
November 22, 1967 (age 50)
Stella Adler Conservatory
PLACE OF BIRTH
Mark Alan Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo is an environmental activist and actor known for his portrayal of Bruce Banner/the Hulk in the movie ‘The Avengers’ and its sequel. He has also received Oscar nods for the films ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ ‘Foxcatcher’ and ‘Spotlight.’
1. The Avengers: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay. “Avengers: Infinity War” releases in cinemas on April 25, 2018.
2. The Kids Are All Right: Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined.
3. Foxcatcher: FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
4. SPOTLIGHT: SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
Who Is Mark Ruffalo?
Born on November 22, 1967, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mark Ruffalo made his stage debut in 1990, and a decade later his career took a major turn with a role in the film You Can Count on Me. Parts in such high-profile films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Shutter Island followed, and 2012 found Ruffalo headed to a new level when he portrayed the Hulk in the smash live-action film The Avengers. Having already received an Academy Award nod for 2010’s The Kids Are All Right, Ruffalo earned additional Oscar nominations for his role in the dramas Foxcatcher and Spotlight.
Wife and Kids
Ruffalo has been married to actress Sunrise Coigney since 2000, and together they have three children.
Movies & Broadway Success
In 2004 Ruffalo appeared in four movies: We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 13 Going on 30 and Collateral, films widely varied in genre and therefore collectively showcasing Ruffalo’s range.
After 2004, Ruffalo slowed down a bit, but he was nevertheless consistently appearing on screens across the world. Films such as Just Like Heaven (2005), All the King’s Men (2006), Zodiac and Reservation Road all helped to build Ruffalo’s already blossoming reputation in Hollywood.
Playing Bruce Banner in ‘The Avengers’
A high-profile role in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010) preceded Ruffalo’s biggest role to date: that of Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Hulk, in the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers. He reprised this role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and its sequel in 2019.
In addition to the Hulk, Ruffalo has tackled other interesting roles. He appeared in the crime thriller Now You See Me (2013) with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, the sex-addiction indie comedy Thank You for Sharing (2013), with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins, and the musical drama Begin Again (2014), with Keira Knightley.
Continuing his string of successes, Ruffalo delivered a strong performance as a manic-depressive father trying to prove his parenting abilities in the 2015 comedy-drama Infinitely Polar Bear, snagging a Golden Globe nomination for his work. He later earned another Oscar nod, this time for his portrayal of newspaper reporter Mike Rezendes in the 2015 drama Spotlight, which follows the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Boston. The film itself won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016.
During his ramp-up to wider success, Ruffalo suffered a setback in 2002 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The surgery to remove the tumor, which was determined to be benign, led to a period of partial facial paralysis, but Ruffalo recovered fully and his career picked up right where it had left off.
Early Acting Years
Born on November 22, 1967, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mark Ruffalo spent his teenage years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, before moving with his family to San Diego after high school. He eventually settled in Los Angeles, studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory and subsequently co-founding the Orpheus Theatre Company. The theater was a platform for Ruffalo’s own acting and he landed small parts on TV and in films as well, but it was a meeting with playwright Kenneth Lonergan that changed his fate.
Ruffalo began appearing in Lonergan’s plays, notably This Is Our Youth, which led to his landing the male lead in Lonergan’s soon-to-follow film You Can Count on Me (2000). Ruffalo’s performance drew critical and popular attention, and he took his first steps onto the Hollywood map. Notable roles came one after the next, and Ruffalo had prominent parts in such films as XX/XY (2002), Windtalkers (2002) and In the Cut (2003).
Ruffalo is widely known as an environmental activist, particularly focusing his efforts on combating fracking in New York state. Receiving an environmental award at Dickinson College in early 2015, Ruffalo notably told graduates, “I’m here to tell you that ‘activist’ is not a dirty word.” Living that message, Ruffalo founded the Solutions Project, which pushes for 100 percent renewable energy, and is active with Water Defense, a group dedicated to clean water initiatives.