Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Nov. 22nd, 1967
Born in
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
5' 9

Mark Ruffalo's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Normal Heart TV Show
The Normal Heart
The Beat TV Show
The Beat

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Spotlight
2015 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
2015 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
2014 - Infinitely Polar Bear
2014 - Foxcatcher
2013 - Thanks for Sharing
2013 - Now You See Me
2012 - The Avengers
2012 - The Avengers
2011 - Sympathy for Delicious
2010 - Shutter Island
2010 - The Kids Are All Right
2010 - Date Night
2009 - Where the Wild Things Are
2008 - Blindness
2008 - The Brothers Bloom
2008 - What Doesn't Kill You
2007 - Chicago 10
2007 - Reservation Road
2006 - All the King's Men
2005 - Just Like Heaven
2004 - We Don't Live Here Anymore
2004 - Collateral
2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003 - In the Cut
2003 - My Life Without Me
2002 - Windtalkers
2002 - XX/XY
2001 - The Last Castle
2000 - You Can Count on Me
1999 - Ride with the Devil
1998 - Safe Men
1998 - 54
1996 - The Dentist

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Actor (segment "My Oscar Journey")
Michael Dunne
Vinnie Webber
[Complete List]


A native of Wisconsin, Mark Ruffalo moved with his family to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he lived out most of his teenage years. Following high school, Mark moved with his family to San Diego and soon migrated north, eventually settling in Los Angeles. He took classes at the 'Stella Adler' Conservatory and subsequently co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company, an Equity-Waiver establishment where he did yeoman work. Practically performing in every capacity, he went from acting, writing, directing and producing to running the lights and building sets while building up his resume. Despite good stage reviews, Mark couldn't get arrested in film and TV, having to bartend for nearly nine years to make ends meet. Ready to give it all up, a chance meeting and resulting collaboration with playwright/screenwriter 'Kenneth Lonergan' changed everything. Ruffalo won NY success in Lonergan's play "This Is Our Youth", which led to his winning the male lead in Lonergan's film You Can Count on Me (2000). His stunning, mesmerizing performance as Laura Linney's ne'er-do-well brother had Hollywood opening its eyes wide to this new serious talent. Some reviewers even found themselves comparing him to an early Marlon Brando. Despite this career-breaking success, Mark remains true to his stage roots and small theater company in L.A., occasionally directing and performing in-between taking on the big, lucrative film projects that are now offered. Although he is not yet a top marquee item, Mark has continued to impress with his range and versatility in both leads and character roles and remains consistently in demand. His more notable films of late have included XX/XY (2002), My Life Without Me (2003) and _Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).

  • Attended First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • He is an Italian-American.
  • He was set to appear in _Signs (2002)_ (qv) but had to drop out when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His part in _Signs (2002)_ (qv) went to 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv). The brain tumor Mark was diagnosed with was found to be benign. Following brain surgery, he has fully recovered after suffering from a partial facial paralysis.
  • In an interview with Moviemaker magazine, he claims to have made 800 auditions in his lifetime before making it big.
  • 'Benicio Del Toro' (qv) was a fellow student at the 'Stella Adler' (qv) drama school in Los Angeles.
  • His brother, Scott Ruffalo, died December 8, 2008 after being found outside his Beverly Hills home after a gunshot wound to the head. He was a 39-year-old hairdresser and was married to Luzelena. His body was cremated.
  • Was a close friend of 'Heath Ledger' (qv). He is also friends with 'Gael Garcia Bernal'.
  • Bartended for nearly a decade while trying to break in to show business.

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