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 The Avengers.
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.
Married to actress Sunrise Coigney since 2000, the couple have a son and two daughters.
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The Kids Are All Right
Sympathy for Delicious
Where the Wild Things Are
The Brothers Bloom
What Doesn't Kill You
All the King's Men
Rumor Has It (2005)
Just Like Heaven
We Don't Live Here Anymore
13 Going on 30
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
In the Cut
My Life Without Me
View From the Top
Last Castle (2001)
You Can Count on Me
A Fish in the Bathtub (1999)
Ride with the Devil
Safe Men (1998)
Blood Money (1996)
The Destiny of Marty Fine (1996)
The Last Big Thing (1996)
The Dentist (1996)
A Gift from Heaven (1994)
Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance (1994)
There Goes My Baby (1993)
Rough Trade (1993)