He has portrayed the Marvel Comics character Dr. Bruce/The Hulk in the Avengers series.
Ruffalo was born on 22nd November, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father Frank Ruffalo Jr. worked as a construction painter and Marie Rose is a hairdresser and stylist. Ruffalo has two sisters Tania and Nicole and a brother named Scott.
He spent his teen years in Virginia where he competed in wrestling in junior and high school. Later he moved to Los Angeles, where he took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Soon he co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company where he wrote, directed and starred in numerous plays and spent the next nine years working as a bartender.
Ruffalo began his film career by acting in minor roles in films such as The Dentist (1996) and Safe Men (1998) and gradually moved onto taking major roles in films such as XX/XY (2002), My Life Without Me (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004) and Collateral (2004).
During the 00s, he also appeared in a romantic lead in numerous films such as View from the Top (2002), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Just Like Heaven (2005) and Rumour Has It (2005). In March 2007, he appeared in Zodiac as SFPD homicide inspector Dave Toschi. In 2008, he starred in The Brothers Bloom and Blindness. His film What Doesn’t Kill You (2008) was shown in the Toronto Film Festival.
He co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2010 thriller Shutter Island which earned rave reviews. He made an uncredited cameo as Banner in Iron Man 3, making him the first actor to reprise the character in a live-action film.
Ruffalo starred in The Avengers (2012), replacing Edward Norton as The Hulk. He won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for this film in 2013. His performance was widely acclaimed and is under contract with Marvel Studios to reprise the role in any future appearances of the character.
Ruffalo made his directorial debut with Sympathy for Delicious, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.
Ruffalo married Sunrise Coigney in 2000 and they have three children; son Keen (born 2001) and daughters Bella Noche (born 2005) and Odette (born 2007). They live in New York City.
During his leisure, Ruffalo loves to spend time with his children and his pet rabbit. He has a sprawling garden where he grows tomatoes, basil and strawberries. His easy smile and portrayal of versatile characters have earned him worldwide popularity across audience of all ages.
Satellite, Screen Actors Guild
Primetime Emmy, Hollywood Film Ensemble, Gotham Independent Film Jury
Boston Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
San Diego Film Critics Society, Toronto Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation, Montreal World Film Festival, National Society of Film Critics