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Mark Ruffalo

Highest Rated:   96% Spotlight (2015)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Dentist (1996)
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Birthplace:   Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
After 12 years as a struggling actor, Mark Ruffalo became the next big thing with his exceptional performance in the Oscar-nominated independent film You Can Count on Me (2000). Born in Wisconsin on November 22nd, 1967, Ruffalo wanted to be an actor as a child, but he ignored his early aspirations until the end of high school. Not sure what else to do, Ruffalo headed to Los Angeles at 18 "out of desperation" to study the craft at the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory. After taking classes for several years and evading career decisions, Ruffalo began to venture into L.A. theater and independent film. Along with acting in over 30 plays, as well as writing and directing one of his own theater works, Ruffalo spent the 1990s amassing roles in indie movies, beginning with A Gift From Heaven (1994). Working mostly in comedies, Ruffalo appeared in The Last Big Thing (1996) and alongside comic character actor stalwarts Steve Zahn and Paul Giamatti in Safe Men (1998); he also starred as an artist with love problems in the romantic comedy Life/Drawing (1999). Trying his hand at screenwriting, Ruffalo penned Slamdance success The Destiny of Marty Fine (1996). Two potentially higher-profile films, the disco period film 54 (1998) and Ang Lee's Civil War epic Ride With the Devil (1999), failed to make a positive impression on critics and audiences.Ruffalo's luck began to change, however, when he was cast in an off-Broadway production of This Is Our Youth. Not only did he win an acting award, but Ruffalo also got to know the playwright, Kenneth Lonergan. Despite his non-resemblance to future onscreen sister Laura Linney, Ruffalo talked Lonergan into auditioning him for the role of Linney's brother in Lonergan's first film, You Can Count on Me. Well-matched in familial chemistry, Ruffalo's self-destructive, irresponsible, sensitive Terry meshed perfectly with Linney's uptight Sammy and her sheltered son, Rudy (Rory Culkin), creating a deeply felt portrait of troubled yet strong family bonds. Earning raves for its nuanced performances as well as sharp writing, You Can Count on Me garnered Ruffalo the Montreal Film Festival's Best Actor prize and talk of an Oscar nod. Though he didn't get the nomination, Ruffalo swiftly moved up the Hollywood ranks, starring as an imprisoned military pilot caught between Robert Redford and James Gandolfini in The Last Castle (2001), and as a soldier in John Woo's WWII saga Windtalkers (2001).Ruffalo's ascent to stardom was temporarily sidetracked, however, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor while filming The Last Castle in 2000. Forced to drop out of the Joaquin Phoenix role in M. Night Shyamalan's summer hit Signs (2002), Ruffalo had surgery and spent months rehabilitating from the procedure. Having made a full recovery, Ruffalo returned to work.After Ruffalo appeared as Gwyneth Paltrow's boyfriend in the woeful flop View From the Top (2003), his lead performance as the male axis of a complicated love triangle in the indie film XX/XY (2003) garnered far more enthusiastic critical kudos than the movie itself. Ruffalo also stayed firmly within the independent cinema realm, co-starring as terminally ill Sarah Polley's lover in the drama My Life Without Me (2003). Ruffalo subsequently scored roles in two higher-profile, if still offbeat, Hollywood projects. In Jane Campion's long-gestating adaptation of erotic thriller In the Cut (2003), Ruffalo co-starred as a homicide detective who becomes involved with Meg Ryan's lonely New York professor.2004 started off with a bang for Ruffalo when We Don't Live Here Anymore, a film he both starred in and produced, received the top dramatic prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film saw the actor teamed with Laura Dern, Peter Krause, and Naomi Watts and traced the crumbling of four characters' friendships and marriages when two of them engage in an affair. Ruffalo's next two roles would be increasingly lighter by comparison. In the Charlie Kaufman-scripted brain t

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Now You See Me 3
  • Dylan Rhodes
2019
No Score Yet Thor: Ragnarok
  • Bruce Banner/Hulk
2017
34% Now You See Me 2
  • Dylan Rhodes
$65.1M 2016
No Score Yet Dear President Obama
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2016
96% Spotlight
  • Mike Rezendes
2015
79% Infinitely Polar Bear
  • Cameron
  • Executive Producer
2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Bruce Banner/The Hulk
$429.2M 2015
88% Foxcatcher
  • David Schultz
$9.8M 2014
83% Begin Again
  • Dan
$12.1M 2014
94% The Normal Heart
  • Ned Weeks
2014
50% Thanks For Sharing
  • Adam
$0.8M 2013
No Score Yet Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy
  • Actor
2013
49% Now You See Me
  • Dylan Rhodes
$117.7M 2013
No Score Yet Dear Governor Cuomo
  • Actor
2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers
  • Bruce Banner/The Hulk
$623.3M 2012
74% Margaret
  • Maretti
$47k 2011
29% Sympathy for Delicious
  • Producer
  • Father Joe
  • Director
$13.6k 2011
93% The Kids Are All Right
  • Paul
$20.9M 2010
67% Date Night
  • Brad Sullivan
$98.8M 2010
68% Shutter Island
  • Chuck Aule
$125.1M 2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Boyfriend
$77.3M 2009
66% The Brothers Bloom
  • Stephen
$3.5M 2009
64% What Doesn't Kill You
  • Brian
2008
43% Blindness
  • Doctor
$3.1M 2008
80% Chicago 10
  • Jerry Rubin
2008
36% Reservation Road
  • Dwight Arno
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Insp. David Toschi
$33M 2007
11% All The King's Men
  • Adam Stanton
$7.3M 2006
20% Rumor Has It
  • Jeff Daly
$43M 2005
56% Just Like Heaven
  • David Abbott
$48.3M 2005
65% We Don't Live Here Anymore
  • Producer
  • Jack Linden
  • Executive Producer
$2M 2004
86% Collateral
  • Fanning
$100.1M 2004
64% 13 Going on 30
  • Matt Flamhaff
$54.6M 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Stan
$34.2M 2004
44% XX/XY
  • Coles
2003
34% In the Cut
  • Det. Malloy
$4.8M 2003
65% My Life Without Me
  • Lee
$0.3M 2003
14% View from the Top
  • Tim Stewart
$15.6M 2003
32% Windtalkers
  • Pappas
$40.6M 2002
52% The Last Castle
  • Clifford Yates
$18M 2001
No Score Yet Life/Drawing (Apartment 12) (Low Rent)
  • Alex
2001
95% You Can Count On Me
  • Terry
$8.5M 2000
45% Committed
  • T-Bo
2000
63% Ride With the Devil
  • Alf Bowden
1999
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub
  • Joel
1999
57% Safe Men
  • Frank
1998
No Score Yet Houdini
  • Theo
1998
No Score Yet On the Second Day of Christmas
  • Bert
1997
0% The Dentist
  • Steve Randers
1996
60% The Last Big Thing
  • Brent Benedict
1996
No Score Yet The Destiny of Marty Fine
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet There Goes My Baby
  • J.D.
1994
No Score Yet Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance
  • Christian
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004

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