Academy Award nominee MARK RUFFALO (Dave Schultz) is one of Hollywood's most
sought-after actors, easily moving between stage and screen and working with
directors including Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Spike Jonze, David
Fincher, Fernando Meirelles and Michel Gondry.
This summer, Ruffalo appears in the HBO film "The Normal Heart," based on the
play of the same name written by Larry Kramer. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the film
also stars Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer. "The Normal Heart" tells the story of a
gay activist attempting to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the onset of the
HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the 1980s. The telefilm will air on May on
HBO. He will also be seen this year in BEGIN AGAIN, which co-stars Keira
Knightley and Hailee Steinfeld. The film is about an aspiring female singer in
New York City (Knightley)whose world takes a turn for the better when a
down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) discovers her. This film premiered at
the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was the closing night picture
at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
2015 promises Ruffalo in the criticall acclaimed 2014 Sundance Film Festival hit
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR opposite Zoe Saldana, directed by Maya Forbes. The film is
about a bipolar husband and father, played by Ruffalo, who goes off his
medication and then proceeds to lose both his job and sanity, while struggling
to hold onto his marriage.
Upcoming films include the sequel to THE AVENGERS, titled THE AVENGERS: AGE OF
ULTRON, where he will reprise his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Directed by
Joss Whedon, the film brings back costars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth,
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.
Ruffalo earned nominations for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award,
BAFTA Award and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Lisa
Cholodenko's THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. He was also honored with the Best
Supporting Actor Award by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film premiered
at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and opened to rave reviews later that
In 2011, Ruffalo made his directorial debut with SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, which
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2010 and went on to win
the Special Jury Prize for dramatic film. The film stared Orlando Bloom, Laura
Linney, Juliette Lewis and Ruffalo in a story about a Los Angeles DJ who finds
that he has the power to heal.
In 2006, Ruffalo made his Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut in the Lincoln
Center Theater's revival of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!" The original cast
included Ben Gazzara, Zoe Wanamaker and Lauren Ambrose.
Ruffalo earned critical recognition in 2000 for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's
YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, opposite Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick. The Martin
Scorsese-produced film won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for Best Film in
Dramatic Competition and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2000 Sundance
His other film credits include THANKS FOR SHARING, NOW YOU SEE ME, SHUTTER
ISLAND, WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, ZODIAC, THE BROTHERS BLOOM, COLLATERAL, 13
GOING ON 30, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, IN THE CUT, MARGARET,
BLINDNESS, JUST LIKE HEAVEN, RESERVATION ROAD, ALL THE KING'S MEN, WHAT DOESN'T
KILL YOU, MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, THE LAST CASTLE, WINDTALKERS, XX/XY, COMMITTED,
RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, STUDIO 54, SAFE MEN, THE LAST BIG THING, FISH IN THE
BATHTUB, and LIFE/DRAWING.
Ruffalo's acting roots lie in the theater, where he first gained attention
starring in the off-Broadway production of "This is Our Youth," written and
directed by Kenneth Lonergan, for which he won a Lucillel Ortel Award for Best
Actor. Ruffalo has won several awards for other performances, including a
Dramalogue Award and the Theater World Award. In 2000, Ruffalo was seen in the
Off-Broadway production of "The Moment When," a play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony
Award winner James Lapine. He made his theater debut in "Avenue A" at The Cast
Theater. A writer, director and producer, Ruffalo co-wrote the screenplay for
the independent film THE DESTINY OF MARTY FINE. In 2000, he directed Timothy
McNeil's original play "Margaret" at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los
Ruffalo is also an advocate of addressing climate change and renewable energy.
In March 2011, Mark co-founded Water Defense to raise awareness about energy
extraction impact on water and public health. A regular contributor to the
Guardian and Huffington Post, Mark is a recent
recipient of the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, the
Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award, and Riverkeeper's Big Fish Award. He
was named one of Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2012.
Ruffalo resides with his family in New York.