Mark Ruffalo

by ethnic on May 9, 2010

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Birth Name: Mark Alan Ruffalo

Place of Birth: Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1967

*75% Italian
*25% French/French-Canadian

Mark Ruffalo is an American actor, filmmaker, director, humanitarian, producer, and social activist.

His father is of Italian ancestry. His maternal grandfather was of French/French-Canadian descent, and his maternal grandmother was of Italian descent.

Mark is married to Sunrise Coigney, with whom he has three children.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was Frank D. Ruffalo (the son of Filberto Ruffalo and Carmella Bartucci). Frank was born in Wisconsin, to Italian parents. Mark’s paternal great-grandparents were from Girifalco, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria. Carmella was the daughter of James Bartucci.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Mary C. Bisciglia (the daughter of Francesco/Frank Bisciglia and Catherine Meo). Mary C. was born in Wisconsin, to Italian parents. Catherine was the daughter of Santo Meo and Dominica Andreola.

Mark’s maternal grandfather was Clyde/Claude Roger Hebert (the son of Louis Albert Anthony Hebert and Gladys Marie LaMielle). Clyde was born in Wisconsin; Clyde’s parents were born in Michigan, and were both of French/French-Canadian descent. Louis was the son of Antoine Joseph Hebert and Rose Bernard. Gladys was the daughter of James Richard LaMielle/Lamiel, whose father was born in France, and of Tina Odelia Masta.

Mark’s maternal grandmother was Yolanda Piccolo (the daughter of Arthur Piccolo and Carmella/Carmela M. Constanti). Yolanda was born in Wisconsin, to Italian parents. Arthur was born in Acerra, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy. Carmella was the daughter of Vincenzo James Constanti/di Costanzo and Christina Marie Di Luca/deLucca.

Mark has described his great-grandfather Arthur Piccolo as a “Neapolitan actor and singer.”

Sources: Some background detail on Mark’s family –

Genealogy of Mark Ruffalo –

Mark’s paternal grandmother, Mary C. Bisciglia, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Mark Ruffalo (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Mark’s maternal grandfather, Clyde/Claude Roger Hebert, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Marie LaMielle –

Mark’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Marie LaMielle, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal great-great-grandfather, James Richard LaMielle/Lamiel, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Mark’s maternal grandmother, Yolanda Piccolo, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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bearboy September 9, 2017 at 11:15 am

“CORRECTION’ Irish, Scottish, English, and Algonquian Native American

follers September 9, 2017 at 11:29 am

Before I event start on this, I’ll need the fractions.

andrew September 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

ask madman

bearboy September 11, 2017 at 5:58 am

Mark Ruffalo is at least 1/8192 Irish. One Irish 11th great-grandfather that @Madman mentioned. @Follers, to save you some time click on this family tree of Mark’s maternal grandfather. Since it only goes back four generations a page click on Hyacinthe Lefebvre (Clyde’s 2nd great grandfather) and then Charles Lecompte (Lefebvre’s 2nd great grandfather) and there you will see Thecle-Cornelieus Aubry.

follers September 11, 2017 at 6:00 am

1/8192? I’m not sure I even list 1/8192s. I think I tried to draw the line at 1/4096, though that seems kind of lax, too.

madman October 6, 2017 at 12:29 am

So the other ethnicities shouldn’t be added?

If you want the fractions, the genealogy is right there.

andrew September 2, 2017 at 8:37 pm

James Richard LaMielle was the son of Julius Dennis LaMielle, who was French, and Josephine Pulcher

So he’s less than 25% French/French-Canadian

follers September 2, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Of course. Josephine’s father, Joseph Pulcher, was of Turkeminstany descent.

andrew September 3, 2017 at 3:12 am


follers September 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

Joseph Pulcher was born in France, and there are lots of French Pulchers.

Why did you even decide to look into this? What a waste of time.

andrew September 3, 2017 at 8:55 am

He could be an ethnic German from Alsace-Lorraine

madman September 3, 2017 at 10:46 am
bearboy September 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Yes please add that to his ethnicity.

andrew September 20, 2018 at 5:35 pm


I think a rule about distant/remote ancestors must be made. If the Iroquois/ Huron ancestors is reported in Angelina’s profile, this must be applied to Mark too. He also descends from the Swiss-French immigrant Pierre Miville (check Madonna’s profile), who is also a Celin Dion’s ancestor. The same Celine shares with Jared Leto a First Nations ancestors, but it’s omissed in her profile, while it’s reported in Jared’s page. And so on. All French-Canadians descend from the same ancestors and all these non French forebears are in their genome.

madman September 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

I’m not a moderator here and can’t edit profiles. I found a more detailed genealogy of his French-Canadian side, and the moderators are free to add the foundings if they want. I won’t go through the whole genealogy again to find the fractions, someone else can do that if they care enough. It took a while the first time.

follers September 21, 2018 at 1:12 am

“And is it relevant to include 1/8192th of anyone’s ancestry?” – Madman, 2018/09/18 at 7:27 am

Agreed. It’s beyond trivial, even in the context of genealogy.

I already said I’ll draw the line at 1/1024.

Other than Maxime Bernier’s all-important 1/1024 Portuguese ancestry. I’m invoking a mulligan or an ad hoc on that one. I’m allowed one.

madman September 21, 2018 at 3:44 am

What’s your point? I’ve taken note of your limit being 1/1024 since a while back, which is reasonable. I’ve stopped making comments about these remote ancestries a long time ago. If Mark’s non-French ethnicities are even further back, I see why it’s not added. I just said I won’t go through the genealogy again just to get the fractions, because I don’t care that much about ancestries that are that small, especially if it’s European (if it’s Native, It’s a little bit more interesting).

andrew September 21, 2018 at 5:52 am

@ follers

I agree about the 1/1024 limit, with some possible exceptions.

I believe the Portuguese ancestry of Bernier is worth mentioning because it’s the maternal surname.

I would also like to know which is the rule about cousinship relations.

andrew June 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Arthur Piccolo was born in Acerra, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy.

cwm85 December 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

So talented….

follers December 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Apparently Mark Ruffalo is guilty of “minority erasure” for playing a Portuguese-American.

They should have gotten Tom Hanks.

andrew December 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

or James Franco

andrew December 3, 2015 at 3:41 am

@ follers

Julia Roberts played a Portuguese-American in “Mystic Pizza”.

andrew October 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Mark’s paternal great-grandparents were from Girifalco, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria.

cwm85 July 18, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I figured he was Italian…

theropod April 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

Looks more Italian than anything.

I wouldn’t have been surprised if he were full Irish like Colin Farrell…

A very hot guy btw….

follers October 28, 2014 at 2:42 am

Ethnic, can you crop this picture, please?

ShawntheGod July 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Handsome man.

JasonBaker December 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

He´s hot as hell.

follers June 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Mark was close to being 100% Italian.

I find people who are 3/4 something intriguing.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 6:17 am

intriguing?!?!?!?!? how in the fuck is that “intriguing”? that’s nothing special. no one is pure anything. lmfao even white people have mixed nationalities (i’m talking about white americans). mark is a white american so of course he’s not going to be 100% italian (unless his parents were italian immigrants, but they’re not). most white americans don’t even know what the fuck their roots are. they’re like a mix german, english, irish, scottish, ect…. they have a lot of mixed nationalities. only people from european countries are pure. i would never date a white american man but some of them european white men are sexy af! idk why but they look better than white american men. most white american men are ugly.

andrew March 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

@ follers

“I find people who are 3/4 something intriguing”


I’m curious.

follers March 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm

I mean in general, being more than half of an ancestral group, but not quite fully.

andrew March 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

thank you for the reply.

ashash March 8, 2017 at 9:53 am

It is only interesting if they are 7/8 Italian and 1/8 Jewish like Asia Argento.

follers April 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

His father is of Italian descent. His maternal grandfather was of French Canadian descent and his maternal grandmother was of Italian descent.

Look at this mother’s site:

Anya April 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

He has French on his Mom’s side. Can’t believe he is 44, he does not look it!

ONLY ANGLO-SAXONS ARE WHITE March 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm

So did I. He looks mixed.

Ricki March 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

What do you mean by Latin American ?

me December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Right.I thought she was Mexican.

me December 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm
ihatemostpeople May 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

He does look a bit Mexican. He does not look fully white to me.

rickyflo May 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

(Headsmack) Really?? Seriously?? how are you both not realizing this?? First, the Caucasian race featured before Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Saxon is a mixture of Anglo with Saxon. I mean it does not take much common sense to realize that. Also, Mexicans are diverse from White, Amerindian, to Black and Mexican is an ethnicity. That means you could be Mexican or any white persssson, Mexican, and he looks Italian with French. Also, what about Greek and Roman History? You know that is not Anglo-Saxon only right? One group also cannot be a race; that one group can only be a heritage. Only several groups that relate close to genetics can be a race. That is why Jewish, Greeks, Italian, Spaniards/Hispanics, some Latinos with European only, Anglo-Saxons, and so on the list classify as Caucasian. Even people that have one drop of African and rest European are Caucasian. Fuckin’ idiots. I mean seriously, it does not take a definite rocket scientist for this sh–. I don’t care if you are prejudice towards other people that are not Anglo-Saxon, everyone has something to be prejudice about and no one cares about that stuff sometimes, but to go and say white people are not white. You are a fuckin’ idiot. Also boy tom thinking oh mexican looks like this and this, maybe you should go back to school and learn some fuckin’ history. I mean seriously that is pathetic.

Billy77 December 9, 2013 at 1:28 am

Nice name you pathetic racist. You must live a pretty trivial life. Go bang your sister some more.

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