Born: November 22, 1967
Date of Birth: November 22, 1967
Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Ruffalo made his name in theater. He studied his art at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Through the next 12 years Ruffalo performed in 30 plays in Los Angeles, but he fought for almost every part and got little recognition. He even began directing, in addition to writing two plays and producing several.
After winning the Lucille Lortel award for his work in Lonergan's off-Broadway play This Is Our Youth, he decided to take a stab at the silver screen. But despite his talent, the films he was in were largely forgettable. Working on indie films in the mid '90s, he began garnering notice with strong showings in The Destiny of Marty Fine (1995), which he co-wrote; The Last Big Thing (1996) and the popular comedy, Safe Men (1998) in which he played a safecracker.
In 1999, Ruffalo co-starred as the grown son of squabbling parents, played by real-life married couple Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller in the comedy feature A Fish in the Bathtub. And in 2000, he received praise for his performance as a not-so-helpful brother in You Can Count on Me, the critically acclaimed film he made with an old friend, playwright Kenneth Lonergan. It earned Ruffalo a Best Actor prize at the Montreal Film Festival and the New Generation award from the L.A. Film Critics Association.
With the exposure from You Can Count on Me, Ruffalo started receiving many job offers and his workload increased. He has been working steadily, with several major films under his belt including Windtalkers(2001), The Last Castle (2001), View from the Top (2002) with Gwyneth Paltrow, and In the Cut (2003) starring opposite Meg Ryan. In the following years, Ruffalo continued to be cast in a long list of big titles, some of which include Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Shutter Island (2010) and Date Night (2010). In 2012, he landed the role of a lifetime playing Bruce Banner and his alter-ego The Hulk in Joss Whedon's
In 2015, Mark received both a Golden Globe nomination and an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the movie Foxcatcher. Next he appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) and Spotlight. The latter earned him an Academy Award nomination in the Supporting Actor category.
Although his workload for the big screen has increased (he's already got new films lined up), he has not abandoned his work on the stage. In between filming, he constantly returns to the stage to perform. He can now be seen reprising his role as Dylan Rhodes in the 2016 sequel Now You See Me 2.
Ruffalo is married to actress Sunrise Coigney since 2000, the couple have a son and two daughters.