THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
MARK RUFFALO's performance
opposite Academy Award nominee Laura Linney in Kenneth
Lonergan's You Can Count on Me earned him an Independent
Spirit Award nomination; the New Generation Award from the
Los Angeles Film Critics Association; and Best Actor honors
at the 2000 Montreal World Film Festival.
His feature directorial debut, Sympathy for
Delicious, received its world premiere and won a Special Jury
Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The independently
made film stars Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis,
and Mr. Ruffalo.
Among his other films as actor are Brian Goodman's What
Doesn't Kill You; David Fincher's Zodiac; Spike Jonze's Where
the Wild Things Are; Michel Gondry's Academy Award-winning
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (also for Focus
Features); Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom; Fernando
Meirelles' Blindness, with Julianne Moore of The Kids Are All
Right; Michael Mann's Collateral; Terry George's Reservation
Road (also for Focus Features); Isabel Coixet's My Life
Without Me; Jane Campion's In the Cut; Gary Winick's 13 Going
on 30; Mark Waters' Just Like Heaven; Steven Zaillian's All
the King's Men; Austin Chick's xx/yy; John Woo's Windtalkers;
Rod Lurie's The Last Castle; and Ang Lee's Ride with the
Devil. He recently starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island.
Mr. Ruffalo co-wrote the screenplay for Michael Hacker's
independent feature The Destiny of Marty Fine, which was
first runner-up at the Slamdance Film Festival; has directed
several plays, including Timothy McNeil's Margaret (at the
Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles); and executive-produced
John Curran's independent feature We Don't Live Here
Anymore, in which he starred with Laura Dern, Peter Krause,
and Naomi Watts.
The Wisconsin native trained with Joanne Linville at the
Stella Adler Conservatory before beginning his acting career
on the stage. He made his theater acting debut in David
Steen's Avenue A at The Cast Theater, where he later
performed in productions of several of Justin Tanner's award-winning
plays, including Still Life with Vacuum Salesman and
Tent Show. He gained entertainment industry attention
starring in the off-Broadway production of This is Our Youth
for playwright/director Kenneth Lonergan, for which Mr.
Ruffalo won a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He has
also been honored with Dramalogue and Theatre World Awards.
More recently, he made his Broadway debut in Bartlett Sher's
revival of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, and received a
Tony Award nomination. In January 2010, he reprised the role
in five performances of the play for L.A. Theatre Works,
which recorded each performance for broadcast on their
nationally syndicated radio theater series.
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