No one plays or has ever played Bruce Barner/The Incredible Hulk character in the Marvel series like Mark Ruffalo. He completely nailed it in 2012 The Avengers when he replaced actor Edward Norton to play the role of the soft-spoken Barner and the Hulk, ever since.
Mark Ruffalo has retained the contract to reprise the role in subsequent series of the Marvel Studios Movie in Iron Man 3, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, (2015) Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: InfinityWar (2018) as well as the upcoming Avengers film series due for 2019.
However, Mark’s path to superstardom wasn’t a rosy one. From his first appearance on the big screen in 1989 CBS Summer Playhouse, he has spent most of the early part of his career playing minor roles in movies like This is Your Youth (1996), 13 Going 30 (2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Zodiac (2007) and What Doesn’t Kill You (2008).
Mark Ruffalo’s first major role came when he starred in the thriller Shutter Island in 2010 and The Kids Are All Right which earned him nominations like the SAG Award, Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as a BAFTA Award nomination.
He won the Academy Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in The Kids Are All Right and in 2014 bagged another Academy Award for his role as Dave Schultz in Fox Catcher. Ruffalo portrayed FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes in the movies Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2. In this article, you will get to know more about the actor, filmmaker, and social activist. Read on.
Mark Ruffalo’s Bio, Age, Ethnicity
Mark was born on the 22nd day of November 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Frank Lawrence Ruffalo Jr and Marie Rose. His father worked as a painter in a construction company while his mother was a hairdresser and stylist. Ruffalo is an American from a multi-ethnic background. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is French Canadian.
As a kid, Mark Ruffalo battled with dyslexia and Attention Deficiency Diseases. His parents divorced in the late ’80s and his mother remarried. He attended high school at Frist Colonial High School, Wisconsin. In his junior days in school, Mark competed in wrestling and also did some acting in the Patriot Playhouse under the tutelage of Nancy P. Curtis. When Mark graduated from high school, he moved with his family to San Diego, California and finally settled down in Los Angeles.
Mark Ruffalo attended Stellar Adler Acting School and later co-founded a Theatre Company called Orpheus where he wrote and directed plays while working as a bartender. The actor has made quite a handsome sum from his works and acting career, his net worth is currently estimated to be worth $30 million. His height is reported to be 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) while his frame is supported by a weight of 72 kilograms (159 lb).
Family – Brother
Mark Ruffalo has a younger brother named Scott Ruffalo, however, tragedy struck on December 9, 2008, when Mark’s younger brother was found dead in his Beverly Hills apartment with a bullet wound to his head.
The Avengers star had a very close bond with his younger brother who was born February 1, 1969. Scott had taken after their mother in the beauty business and had set up his own cosmetology company in 1991. An investigation later proved that the cause of death was not suicide as earlier speculated but homicide after shreds of evidence showed that the gunshot wound could not have been self-inflicted.
Mark was shocked beyond words and had to suspend the movie he was shooting at the time of his brother’s demise to mourn him. Scott is survived by his wife, Luzelena Ruffalo and his stepdaughter.
Is He Gay?
Mark Ruffalo is definitely not gay. Although he had taken on a gay role in the movie titled Normal Heart and also lends his support to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community, that is all there is to it as the Academy Award-winning actor is not gay.
Wife and Kids
The actor has been married to a French-American actress Sunrise Coignery since 2000. They met in 1998 when Mark Ruffalo was living in a ramshackle apartment without a credit card or a driver’s license. She believed in him anyway and agreed to date him. He recalls how Sunrise turned him down the first time he proposed, and then accepted when he summoned up the courage to ask again.
She was born in San Francisco in 1972 and she is famous for roles she played in movies like Campfire Stories in 2001 and The Cut in 2003.
The couple has 3 wonderful kids together. A son, Keen born in June 2001 who has followed in the footsteps of his parents and appeared with his dad in the movie Begin Again in 2013. His first daughter Bella was born in April 2005 and lastly, another daughter Odette born in 2007.
Mark Ruffalo revealed that his kids also shot a scene in the 2017 Thor: Ragnarok. It seems likely that they too will all be considering a career in acting like their parents.