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Mark Ruffalo
Name : Mark Ruffalo
Real Name : Mark Alan Ruffalo
Height : 5' 9" (175 cm)
Date of Birth : 22 November 1967
Place of Birth : Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
 
Biography:
 
Mark Ruffalo wanted to be an actor as a child. At age of 18, he headed to Los Angeles to study the craft at the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory. After taking classes for several years, Ruffalo began to venture into L.A. theaters and independent film.

After 12 years as a struggling actor, Mark Ruffalo became the Next Big Thing with his exceptional performance in the Oscar-nominated independent film You Can Count on Me (2000). It garnered Ruffalo the Montreal Film Festival's Best Actor prize and talk of an Oscar nod. Though he didn't get the nomination, Ruffalo quickly moved up the Hollywood ranks, starring as an imprisoned military pilot alongside with Robert Redford in The Last Castle (2001), and as a soldier in World War II saga Windtalkers (2001).

Ruffalo was diagnosed with a brain tumor while filming The Last Castle in 2000. Forced to drop out of the Joaquin Phoenix role in Signs (2002), Ruffalo had surgery and spent months rehabilitating. Having made a full recovery, Ruffalo returned to work.

2004 started off with a bang for Ruffalo when We Don't Live Here Anymore, a film he both starred in and produced, received the top dramatic prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film traced the crumbling of four characters' friendships and marriages when two of them engage in an affair. In The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he played a goofy scientist who attempts to erase Jim Carrey's memories of Kate Winslet. He then starred opposite Jennifer Garner in the romantic-comedy 13 Going on 30.

Ruffalo's next project met with positive reviews as well as a box-office winner. In Collateral (2004), Ruffalo played the lawman trying to track down a menacing hitman played by Tom Cruise as the hired gun terrorizes cabdriver Jamie Foxx.
 
Filmography:
2006 Margaret
2006 Zodiac
2006 All the King's Men
2006 Have You Heard?
2005 Rumor Has It...
2005 Just Like Heaven
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2004 Collateral
2004 13 Going on 30
2003 In the Cut
2003 We Don't Live Here Anymore
2003 My Life Without Me
2002 XX/XY
2002 View from the Top
2002 Windtalkers
2001 The Last Castle
2000 The Beat [TV Series]
2000 Committed
2000 You Can Count On Me
1999 Apartment 12
1999 A Fish in the Bathtub
1999 Ride With the Devil
1998 Safe Men
1996 The Last Big Thing
1996 The Dentist
1994 Mirror, Mirror 2: Raven Dance
1994 Due South: A Cop, a Mountie and a Baby
1994 A Gift from Heaven
 
Awards:
Independent Spirit Awards
2000 Best Actor (You Can Count on Me)
L.A. Film Critics Association
2000 New Generation Award (You Can Count On Me)
Montreal World Film Festival
2000 Best Actor (You Can Count On Me)
Toronto Film Critics Association
2000 Best Actor [Runner-up] (You Can Count on Me)
 
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