Oscar Actors: Ruffalo, Mark

In “Zodiac,” Mark Ruffallo plays the crucial role of Inspector David Toschi.

With an expansive list of diverse film credits, Mark Ruffalo is one of Hollywoods most sought-after actors. Ruffalo recently wrapped production on Focus Features Reservation Road, opposite Joaquin Phoenix. The film is based on the best-selling novel, which tells the story of two fathers on opposite sides of a hit-and-run car accident.

He has also wrapped Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze; and the Kenneth Lonergan-directed film Margaret, with Anna Paquin and Matt Damon.

Zodiac producer Phoenix Pictures has announced that the company has purchased the rights to The Brass Wall as a starring vehicle for Ruffalo. He will play an undercover cop who infiltrates the Lucchesi crime family in New York to solve the murder of a city firefighter.

In 2006, Ruffalo made his Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theaters revival of Clifford Odets Awake and Sing! Ruffalo received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the category Best Featured Actor in a Play. In the Depression-era drama, directed by Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza), Ruffalo played a World War I veteran who lost a leg during the war. The cast included Ben Gazzara, Zoe Wanamaker and Lauren Ambrose.

Ruffalo recently appeared in All the Kings Men, with Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Ruffalo starred as the romantic lead opposite Reese Witherspoon in Dreamworks Just Like Heaven.

Prior to this role, he was seen in Collateral, opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. In Collateral, Ruffalo played the LAPD officer in pursuit of Tom Cruises hitman character.

He also appeared in We Dont Live Here Anymore, which received critical acclaim at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Ruffalo starred opposite Naomi Watts, Peter Krause and Laura Dern and also served as an executive producer on this drama that examines the consequences of infidelity that befall two marriages.

Ruffalo was seen in Columbia/TriStars romantic comedy 13 Going on 30, in which he co-starred opposite Jennifer Garner. He was also seen in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, opposite Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood and Tom Wilkinson.

In 2003, Ruffalo was seen opposite Meg Ryan in Jane Campions film, In The Cut. That same year, he appeared in the independent film My Life Without Me, written and directed by Isabel Coixet and also starring Sarah Polley and Scott Speedman.

Ruffalo earned critical recognition in 2000 for his role in Kenneth Lonergans You Can Count on Me, opposite Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick. For his performance, he won the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Montreal Film Festival and the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The Martin Scorsese-produced film received recognition from critics nationwide and was especially well-received at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, winning two of the festivals top prizes.

Additional film credits include The Last Castle, Windtalkers, XX/XY, Committed, Ride With the Devil, 54, Safe Men, The Last Big Thing, Fish in the Bathtub, and Life/Drawing.

Ruffalos acting roots lie in the theater, where he first gained attention starring in the off-Broadway production of This is Our Youth; written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, for which he won a Lucille Award for Best Actor. Ruffalo has won several awards for other performances, including a Dramalogue Award and the Theater World Award. In 2000, Ruffalo was seen in the Off-Broadway production The Moment When, a play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine.

A writer, director and producer as well, Ruffalo co-wrote the screenplay for the independent film The Destiny of Marty Fine, which was the first runner-up in the 1995 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Additionally, he has directed several plays and one-acts. In 2000, he directed Timothy McNeils original play Margaret at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles.

His television credits include UPN’s The Beat, a dramatic series created by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana, On the Second Day of Christmas and TNTs Houdini: Believe.

Ruffalo resides in Los Angeles.