Real Name: Mark Alan Ruffalo
Height: 5' 9"
Hair: Dark Brown
Born: November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA.
Agency: William Morris Agency
Discovered: Mark took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and soon co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company, where 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 wasn't getting any substantial TV or film roles. He ended up having to bartend for nearly nine years to make ends meet. Ready to give it all up, a chance meeting and resulting corroboration 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.
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 indluding XX/XY (2002), My Life Without Me (2003), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
Resume: The Brass Wall (2007)
All the King's Men (2006) Rumor Has It (2005)
Just Like Heaven (2005) Collateral (2004)
13 Going On 30 (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004)
In the Cut (2003)
View from the Top (2003)
My Life Without Me (2003)
The Last Castle (2001) Life/Drawing (2001)
You Can Count on Me (2000) Ride with the Devil (1999/I)
A Fish in the Bathtub (1999)
How Does Anyone Get Old? (1999)
Houdini (1998) (TV)
Safe Men (1998)
On the 2nd Day of Christmas (1997) (TV)
The Dentist (1996)
Blood Money (1996)
There Goes My Baby (1994) Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994)
A Gift from Heaven (1994)
A Song for You (1993)
Rough Trade (1992)
Romance: Married to actress Sunrise Coigney since June 2000. the pair have two children.
Quotes: "With indies, all they have is their script and it's very important to them. The characters are better drawn, the stories more precise and the experience greater than with studio films where sometimes they fill in the script as they're shooting." - Mark Ruffalo
"For some reason, my whole life has been, 'You can't do this, you can't do that.' The other day I was watching these kids crossing the road, and they have these crossing guards, kids who help other kids across the road. They would never let me be a crossing guard when I was a little kid . It would come up, I'd always raise my hand, I would never get picked . They thought I was too wild, but I knew I was responsible enough, if I was given that task." - Mark Ruffalo
"The true value of somebody in this town [Hollywood] is very hard to determine. It's all smoke and mirrors." - Mark Ruffalo
"The whole experience of getting close to mortality changed my perspective on work. I wasn't enjoying acting before: I felt like I wasn't in charge of my career. I wasn't doing things that made me feel good. I was really bitter, I thought I deserved more, and I wasn't grateful for all the great shit that had happened to me. If you're not grateful, then it's very easy to be an asshole. After the brain tumor happened, I realized I love acting, I've always loved it, I may never get a chance to do it again." - Mark Ruffalo
"Certainly, it's very easy to fall in love with cash. If you're going to make all your decisions based on cash, you're going to have a pretty naffy career." - Mark Ruffalo
"I don't like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it's your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination. People use the Method as a shield; it shields them from being vulnerable. I hear all these young actors who are like, 'I'm Method, I'm gonna go live in the house, you know, I totally get it, I've done it, I've been there', but one thing I know is it kills spontaneity. They'll still give great performances, but they're not playing with the other actors - it's all about them. And spontaneity and vulnerability are gold on screen and on stage - they are the fucking magic. When Brando reaches down and picks up that glove and puts it on his hand, that is magic. You can't plan that." - Mark Ruffalo, referring to a scene in On The Waterfront: Eva Saint Marie accidentally dropped a glove on set and, rather than wait for another take, Brando picked it up and put it on, without missing a line.
"I want to do a western. Nobody does westerns anymore." - Mark Ruffalo
"I love acting with kids, cause they're great acting partners. They're totally present. Even when they're acting, they're still available and you can crack them up or something weird will happen and they'll go with it. You can throw them little curve-balls and they'll go with it. I always like having kid energy around. I think it's good for a movie, even when you're doing dramatic stuff." - Mark Ruffalo
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