Mark Ruffalo Net Worth & Biography

By Mixxerly Updated: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Introduction

NET WORTH

$40M

Mark Ruffalo is an American actor and producer. He began acting in the early 1990s and first gained recognition for his work in Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our Youth and drama film You Can Count On Me.

He went on to star in the romantic comedies 13 Going on 30 and Just like Heaven and the thrillers Zodiac and Shutter Island; and received a Tony Award nomination for his supporting role in the Broadway revival of Awake and Sing! in 2006.

Ruffalo gained international recognition for playing Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Also in 2019, Ruffalo starred in and co-produced Dark Waters. As of , Mark Ruffalo has an estimated net worth of about $40M.

At a Glance

Full name: Mark Alan Ruffalo

Other names: Mark Ruffalo

Birthday: November 22, 1967

Age:

Net worth: $40M.

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer, Film director, Screenwriter.

Nationality: United States of America

Net Worth

Ruffalo gained nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a sperm-donor in the comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right, Dave Schultz in the biopic Foxcatcher, and Michael Rezendes in the drama Spotlight.

He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor in a TV Movie for playing a gay writer and activist in the television drama film The Normal Heart (2015), and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his dual role in the miniseries I Know This Much Is True (2020).

During his career, Ruffalo has been nominated for at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, one of a select group in history to have been nominated for, but not won, all four awards. As of , Mark Ruffalo has an estimated net worth of about $40M.

Early Life

Mark Alan Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His mother, Marie Rose (née Hébert), is a hairdresser and stylist and his father, Frank Lawrence Ruffalo Jr., worked as a construction painter. He has two sisters, Tania and Nicole, and a brother, Scott (died 2008).

His father is of Italian descent, from Girifalco and his mother is of half French Canadian and half Italian ancestry. Ruffalo attended both Catholic and progressive schools throughout his education. Ruffalo has described himself as having been a "happy kid", although he struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD as a child and a young adult.

Ruffalo spent his teen years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where his father worked. He competed in wrestling in junior high and high school in Wisconsin and Virginia. Ruffalo graduated from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, where he acted for the Patriot Playhouse.

He moved with his family to San Diego, California and later to Los Angeles, where he took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company. With the theater company, he wrote, directed and starred in a number of plays. He also spent close to a decade working as a bartender.

Favorite Quotes from Mark Ruffalo

“It’s easy to do nothing, but your heart breaks a little more every time you do.” – Mark Ruffalo
“When people sit across from people – gay, straight, whatever – and they talk, they find out that people they may have been demonizing for their life aren’t the demons we’ve expected them to be.” – Mark Ruffalo
“I guess the biggest lesson would be to have faith in that little part of yourself that knows what it’s doing, knows what it wants, knows what you should be doing, even when all the clamor around you is telling you something else. That’s the part that you want to keep alive, and that’s the part that people want to see when they see you on the screen.” – Mark Ruffalo

Career

He made his screen debut in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse (1989), followed by minor film roles, and was part of the original cast of This Is Our Youth (1996).

Ruffalo had minor roles in films including The Dentist (1996), the low-key crime comedy Safe Men (1998) and Ang Lee's Civil War Western Ride with the Devil (1999). 

Through a chance meeting with writer Kenneth Lonergan, he began collaborating with Lonergan and appeared in several of his plays, including the original cast of This is Our Youth (1996), which led to Ruffalo's role as Laura Linney's character's brother in Lonergan's Academy Award-nominated 2000 film You Can Count On Me.

He received favorable reviews for his performance in this film, often earning comparisons to the young Marlon Brando, and won awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Montreal World Film Festival.

His next role was in 2001 in Rod Lurie's The Last Castle playing a bookie in a military prison alongside Robert Redford. This led to other significant roles, including the films XX/XY (2002), Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me (2003), Jane Campion's In the Cut (2003), Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004), which is based on two short stories written by Andre Dubus.

He appeared opposite Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise as a narcotics detective in Michael Mann's crime thriller Collateral (2004). In 2010, he starred in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Ruffalo stated in an interview that he approached Cholodenko after watching High Art and said he would love to work with her. Years later, she called Ruffalo and said she wrote a script and had him in mind for the part. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Ruffalo starred in The Avengers (2012), the sixth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, replacing Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner / Hulk. Ruffalo received critical acclaim for his performance and is under contract to reprise the role in any future film appearances of the character produced by Marvel Studios.

He reprised the role again in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Ruffalo also made cameo appearances as Banner in Iron Man 3 and Captain Marvel.