Mark Ruffalo biographyHollywood star Mark Ruffalo likes to say that he is the lucky one and it’s hard to argue with this since he has everything one can dream about. Popularity and fame came to him after one of his very first roles on a big screen. Although, in order to get this role he had to suffer through more than 800 castings!
Early life and childhoodMark Alan Ruffalo was born on November 22, 1967, in the pastoral little town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, founded around XIX century by Italian immigrants. It’s safe to speculate that Mark’s ancestors were among the founder members of the town since he himself is of Italian descent. It is his ancestry he has to thanks for his striking appearance, splendid curly hair, and hot temper.
Following his callingUpon finishing acting school he spent some time in theatre troupe both as an actor and director. However, as much as he enjoyed being on stage, he aspired for a movie career and started to attend numerous castings and look for an opportunity.
Although, according to Mark, from time to time he gave in to emotions and punched the hell out of the wall of his small apartment out of frustration and despair, hiding the fist marks behind the posters with famous actors. To make the ends meet, he for many years worked as a bartender. Mark considered this job but a stepping stone towards his dream of becoming an actor and used it to practice his abilities, observing customers, their behavior, and copy and imitate them.
First successMark was over thirty years old when he finally got his chance. His first appearance on a big screen happened in 1996 in the trash horror movie The Dentist, joining marvelous Corbin Bernsen in the role of a maniacal and sadistic doctor. However, the rising of a new Hollywood wasn’t quite noticed by anyone. The next three years brought Mark only a couple of small roles and none of them really led to breakthrough or renown.
Life trialsIt is well known that fortune spares nothing for her favorites. Sometimes, however, this cruel mistress makes them face such challenges that will forge their character anew and make them stronger. One might say that this is exactly what happened with Mark Ruffalo.
In 2008 died one of the best Mark’s friends, universally beloved actor Heath Ledger. At the end of the same year, Ruffalo had to face another shocking tragedy when he got informed about the death of his own brother. Investigators up to this day can’t tell if Scott Ruffalo was shot, took his own life, or was a victim of a tragic incident.
Main rolesThe period of time from 2003 to 2010 marks a meteoric rise to the top of the Hollywood food chain for Mark Ruffalo. Actor acquired his own performance style and became renowned for his mastery of the drama genre. He appeared in more than 30 projects, with each of them deservingly placed among the best Hollywood films of the XXI century.
In summer 2018 Mark appeared in the new installment of Marvel’s Avengers franchise, where he portrays genius scientist Bruce Benner and his alter-ego, Hulk.