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Mark Ruffalo Biography

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Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney at the Hollywood Premiere of 'Rumor Has It.'

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Birth Date:

November 22, 1967

Place of Birth:

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Significant Other:

Mark Ruffalo married actress Sunrise Coigney on June 11, 2000. The couple have three children.

Breakthrough Role:

Ruffalo's worked in feature films since 1992, but it was his role in the independent film You Can Count on Me, opposite Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick, in 2000 that put him on Hollywood's radar. Ruffalo picked up the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Montreal Film Festival and the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his performance in the film, and also received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his performance.

A Horrible Health Scare:

Mark Ruffalo had to withdraw from the acting scene after You Can Count on Me when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After having the tumor removed and recovering from subsequent partial facial paralysis, Ruffalo took on a starring role in My Life Without Me, a film which deals with the subject of cancer. In my exclusive interview, Ruffalo told me his personal experience didn't affect him during filming. "I think it's just in your body, that kind of experience. It's not something that I think you need to hammer at from scene to scene. It was a kind of thing that was part of me that becomes a part of the film."

Personal Hardship:

On December 1, 2008, Mark Ruffalo's 39-year-old brother Scott was shot in the head, allegedly while playing Russian Roulette. Scott passed away one week later after being removed from life support.

Mark Ruffalo's Notable Movie Credits:

The Last Days of Paradise (1994), The Dentist (1996), Safe Men (1998), 54 (1998), Ride with the Devil (1999), You Can Count on Me (2000), Committed (2000), The Last Castle (2001), XX/XY (2002), Windtalkers (2002), My Life Without Me (2003), View from the Top (2003), In the Cut (2003), We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Collateral (2004), Just Like Heaven (2005), Rumor Has It (2005), All the King's Men (2006), Zodiac (2007), Reservation Road (2007), Blindness (2008), The Brothers Bloom (2008), What Doesn't Kill You (2008), Margaret (2009), Shutter Island (2009), Sympathy for Delicious (2011), and The Avengers (2012).
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