Played by Mark Ruffalo
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 starred in Begin Again, which co-stars Keira Knightley and Hailee Steinfeld; Foxcatcher, opposite Channing Tatum and Steve Carell; and Infinitely Polar Bear, opposite Zoe Saldana. For the sequel to The Avengers titled The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he reprised his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
Ruffalo earned nominations for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Focus Features’ 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. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
In 2011, Ruffalo made his directorial debut with Sympathy for Delicious, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for dramatic film. The film starred Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney and was released by Maya Entertainment on April 29, 2011. In 2006, Ruffalo made his Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! 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 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, for which he won a Lucille Award for Best Actor. Ruffalo has also won 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. 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 Angeles.
Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. In March 2011, he co-founded Water Defense, the organization behind The Solutions Project, to raise awareness about energy extraction impact on water and the public health. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Huffington Post, Ruffalo has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. He was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘People Who Mattered’ in 2011 and received The Big Fish Award from Riverkeeper in 2013.
Ruffalo resides with his family in New York.