Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo 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. Ruffalo is Emmy nominated for the 2014 original HBO film "The Normal Heart," opposite Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer and directed by Ryan Murphy. "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. Ruffalo appears in Bennett Miller's"Foxcatcher" opposite Channing Tatum and Steve Carell, and "Begin Again" in which he stars with Keira Knightley. "Foxcatcher" follows the story about John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz (Ruffalo)."Begin Again" is a story about an aspiring female singer in New York City whose world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) discovers her, and the two forge a romance and turn each other's lives around.
Also recently, Ruffalo was seen in "Thanks for Sharing," which follows three people who become friends while undergoing a 12-step treatment for sex addiction. The film, written and directed by Stuart Blumberg, also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins. Additionally, Ruffalo was also seen in "Now You See Me," in which he stars opposite Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Jessie Eisenberg. The film, directed by Louis Leterrier, follows a team of FBI agents as they track a squad of the world's greatest illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances. In 2012, Ruffalo was seen in Marvel Enterprises' international box office hit, "The Avengers," in which he portrayed 'Bruce Banner,' and 'The Incredible Hulk.' The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, and is directed by Joss Whedon.
Ruffalo earned nominations for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in"The Kids Are All Right," directed by Lisa Cholodenko. He was also honored with the Best Supporting Actor Award by the New York Film Critics Circle.
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 2010, he was seen in "Shutter Island," directed by Martin Scorsese. Ruffalo starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the film. In 2007, Ruffalo appeared in the Phoenix Pictures film "Zodiac" opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. Ruffalo portrayed the infamous Detective Dave Toschi, who devoted his career to tracking down the Zodiac killer. 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.
He appeared in 2004 in the Michael Mann directed "Collateral" opposite Tom Cruise. He was also seen in Warner Independents' "We Don't Live Here Anymore" opposite Naomi Watts, Peter Krause and Laura Dern. Ruffalo served as an executive producer on the film which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Also in 2004 Ruffalo starred the romantic comedy "13 Going on 30," opposite Jennifer Garner and appeared in Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" opposite Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. In 2003, Ruffalo was seen opposite Meg Ryan in Jane Campion's film "In The Cut."
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 coveted Grand Jury Prize for best film in dramatic competition and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include "The Brothers Bloom," "Margaret," "Blindness," "Just Like Heaven," "Reservation Road," "All the King's Men," "What Doesn't Kill You," "My Life Without Me," "The Last Castle," opposite Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, "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 Lucille 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 The Moment When, a play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine. Having trained with Joanne Linville at the distinguished Stella Adler Conservatory, Ruffalo 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," which was the first runner-up in the 1995 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Additionally, he has directed several plays and one-acts. In 2000, he directed Timothy McNeil's original play Margaret at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles.
Ruffalo resides with his family in New York.