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Actor/director/producer/writer Mark Ruffalo's performance opposite Laura Linney in Kenneth Lonergan's award-winning You Can Count on Me earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination, the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Best Actor honors at the 2000 Montreal World Film Festival.
He co-wrote the screenplay for Michael Hacker's independent feature The Destiny of Marty Fine, which was the first runner-up in the 1995 Slamdance Film Festival; and has directed several plays, including Timothy McNeil's Margaret (at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Los Angeles) in early 2001.
As actor, Mr. Ruffalo trained with Joanne Linville at the distinguished Stella Adler Conservatory. He made his professional stage debut in Avenue A, at off-Broadway's The Cast Theater. Ruffalo continued working with The Cast, performing in several of Justin Tanner's award-winning plays, including Still Life with Vacuum Salesman and Tent Show. More recently, he again starred off-Broadway in The Moment When, by James Lapine.
His starring role in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play This is Our Youth, written by Kenneth Lonergan, won him a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He has also been honored with a Dramalogue Award and a Theater World Award.
Mr. Ruffalo has starred in, among other films, Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil, Rod Lurie's The Last Castle (with Robert Redford), John Woo's Windtalkers (with Nicolas Cage), Austin Chick's xx/xy, Isabel Coixet's My Life Without Me (opposite Sarah Polley), Jane Campion's In the Cut (opposite Meg Ryan), and Gary Winick's upcoming 13 Going on 30 (opposite Jennifer Garner). He will also soon be seen starring with Laura Dern, Peter Krause, and Naomi Watts in John Curran's independent feature We Don't Live Here Anymore, which he executive-produced; and in Michael Mann's Collateral, starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.