It took actor Mark Ruffalo a whole lot of years of hard work to become an 'overnight success.' Mark was born on November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After his family moved to Los Angeles, Mark studied at the famed Stella Adler Conservatiry and co-founded the Orpheus Theater Company, where he not only acted, but wrote and directed plays, built sets and hung lights. He struggled for years to find work, landing small roles on television and in film. He got his big break in director Kenneth Lonergan's 2000 drama You Can Count on Me, where he played the troubled brother of Laura Linney. The film, and Mark's performance received critical praise and the actor won a number of awards for his role. His career took off and he went on to star with Meg Ryan in In the Cut and co-starred with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Mark found more mainstream success and showed his funny side in the romantic comedies 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner and Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon. Always striving to be a well-rounded actor, Mark returned to the stage in 2006, where his performance in the Broadway revival of Awake and Sing! earned him a Tony nomination. He also returned to drama with 2007's crime drama Zodiac and the heartbreaking Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly. With his ability to win over audiences regardless of the genre, directors can certainly count on getting a strong performance from this actor.
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