The life story of Mark Ruffalo

Biography of the actor who is being compared to Marlon Brando today

Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, producer and political activist. He was born on November 22, 1967, in the city of Kenosha, in the American federal state of Wisconsin. He lives in New York with his wife Sunrise Coygney and three children. He gained great popularity by playing Marvel’s superhero Bruce Banner, who, turning into the invincible Hulk, becomes part of an unusual group that has the task of saving the planet from ruin.

The life story of Mark Ruffalo started when he got his first film role in 1989 in one of the episodes of “CBS Summer Stage”. His role in the 1996 drama “This is Our Youth” earned him a nomination for the Spirit Independent Award. This was followed by roles in the films “Today 13, Tomorrow 30” and “Eternal Shine of the Immaculate Mind” from 2004, “Zodiac” from 2007, and “What Doesn’t Kill You” from 2008. Two years later, he starred in the psychological thriller “Closed Island” and the comedy “Kids Are OK” for which he was nominated for the “SAG”, “BAFTA” and Oscar awards in the “Best Supporting Actor” category.

However, he gained planetary popularity by starring in Marvel’s superhero Hulk in the films “Avengers” from 2012, “Ironman 3”, “Avengers: Era of Altron” from 2005, “Thor: Ragnarok” from 2017, and “Avengers: War of the Infinity” from 2018.

He made his production debut in 2014 with the television drama “Normal Heart”, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination in the category of outstanding television film. In addition, she brought him numerous other awards and nominations. In the same year, he played Dave Schulz in the film “Wrestling with Madness”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in the category “Best Supporting Actor”. A year later, he was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of “best film actor in a musical and comedy”, thanks to his excellent acting in the film “Infinite Polar Bear”. His role in the film “Under the Magnifying Glass” earned him an Oscar nomination and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Earlier years

Mark Ruffalo was born in 1967 in the town of Kenosha on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. His mother, Mary Rose, was a hairdresser and tailor, and his father Frank worked as a painter. Mark has two sisters – Tanya and Nicole, while his brother Scott passed away in 2008. Frank is a descendant of Italian immigrants, and Mary Rose has French-Canadian roots. During his schooling, Mark attended both Catholic and regular schools. He describes himself as a happy child, even though he struggled with dyslexia and ADHD during his childhood and youth. He spent his teenage years in Virginia Beach in the southeast of the US state of Virginia. He finished high school there, and after that the family first moved to San Diego, and then to Los Angeles. In LA, he began studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory. During that period, he wrote, edited and acted in many theater plays, and survived by working as a waiter.

In 1996, he got a minor role in the film “Dentist”, and two years later, in the low-budget comedy “People of Crafts”. In 1999, he got a role in the war drama “In the Saddle with the Devil”. In the meantime, he met the writer Kenneth Lonergan, with whom he began collaborating on numerous projects. One of them was the play “This is our youth”. After that, he got a role in the film adaptation of Lonergan’s novel “You Can Count on Us”, which earned him an Oscar nomination in the category of “Best Supporting Actor”. With this role, he attracted the attention of many directors, and the sympathy of the audience, so he was often called “the young Marlon Brand”. He also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and the main award of the Montreal Film Festival, which opened many doors for him for new projects. In 2002, he got the lead role in the romantic drama “XX / XY”, and a year later, he made two films – “My Life Without Me” and “Dark Obsessions”. In 2004, she saw the light of day on the SF drama “The Eternal Glow of a Flawless Mind,” in which Ruffalo starred alongside Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst and Elijah Wood. In the same year, he appeared on small screens as a detective chasing Tom Cruise in the tense thriller “Collateral”. In the mid-2000s, he got more or less romantic roles in the films “Stewardesses in Action”, “Today 13, Tomorrow 30”, “Like in the Sky”, “Whispering” and others. In addition to films, he also did theater plays, and one of them called “Awake and Sing!” Brought him a nomination for the “Tony” award in the category of” the best actor in the play”.


A human rights activist

In addition to being known for his numerous film roles, the American public also met Mark Ruffalo as a human rights fighter. He is part of the “Pro-choice” movement, which advocates the legalization of abortion. He once said that he “does not want to go back to the time when women had to cross the whole country in order to have an abortion under the cover of night in a cheap hotel.” In addition, he advocates for the blue LGBTQ population even though he was criticized by individuals when he turned down the transgender stuntman Matt Bomer while working as the exclusive producer in the film “Anything”. He publicly claimed that the Zika virus that ravaged part of Brazil was produced by a British biochemical company and deliberately released to exterminate mosquitoes. Ruffalo is one of the passionate fighters for the preservation of the environment. Together with Professor Mark Jacobson, Mark Krapels and activist Josh Fox, he founded The Solutions Project, which encourages the use of solar and wind energy.

In 2014, he opposed the clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, noting that Israel destroyed a hospital and killed all staff and patients in El-Wafa. After he was criticized for defending the Palestinians, he replied that he apologized for believing that the demolition of hospitals was not an acceptable thing. Critics went a step further and accused him of antisemitism, but he was able to answer: “Compassion for those killed in Gaza does not make me an anti-Semitic, a hater of Israel or a supporter of Hamas, it makes me a man.” Mark Ruffalo has been married to Sunrise Coygney since June 2000. In 2001, they had a son China, in 2005 a daughter Bela Noce, and in 2007 another daughter Odet. He lives with his family in Manhattan, New York.

In December 2008, his brother Scott was shot in the head in his Beverly Hills apartment. He passed away a week later, and what actually happened that night has never been clarified.

After the shooting of the movie “The Last Castle” in 2011, Ruffalo was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was soon operated on, and for some time his face was partially paralyzed. He recovered from paralysis, but the tumor left consequences, so the actor is completely deaf in his left ear.


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