Mark Ruffalo

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Ruffalo in 2014, photo by Prphotos

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 roles include Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly The Avengers films and the She-Hulk series. He has also featured in the films The Dentist, You Can Count on Me, In the Cut, 13 Going on 30, Just Like Heaven, Zodiac, Shutter Island, The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher, Infinitely Polar Bear, Spotlight, Dark Waters (2019), and Poor Things, and on television’s The Normal Heart and I Know This Much Is True. He also co-wrote the film The Destiny of Marty Fine, and directed the film Sympathy for Delicious, both of which he appeared in.

Mark is the son of Marie Rose, a hairdresser and stylist, and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, a construction painter. His family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, during his early teen years, and later to San Diego, California, and Los Angeles. 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 Donald Ruffalo (the son of Filberto/Albert Ruffalo and Carmella/Carmela R. Bartucci). Frank was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Italian parents, from Girifalco, Province of Catanzaro, Calabria. Carmella was the daughter of James Bartucci.

Mark’s paternal grandmother was Mary F. Bisciglia (the daughter of Francesco/Frank Bisciglia and Catherine Meo). Mark’s grandmother Mary was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Italian parents, from Calabria. Francesco was born in Cosenza, the son of Vito Bisciglia. Mark’s great-grandmother Catherine was born in Roccabernarda, Crotone, 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 Kenosha, Wisconsin; Clyde’s parents were born in Michigan, and were both of French/French-Canadian descent. Louis was the son of Antoine Joseph Hebert, who was born in Canada, and of Rose Bernard. Gladys was the daughter of James Richard LaMielle/Lamiel, whose parents were born in France, and of Tina Odelia Masta, whose parents were Canadian.

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

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

Sources: Background detail on Mark’s family –

Genealogy of Mark Ruffalo –

Mark’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies and obituaries of Mark’s paternal grandparents, Frank Donald Ruffalo and Mary F. (Bisciglia) Ruffalo –

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

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

Marriage record of Mark’s maternal grandparents, Clyde/Claude Roger Hebert and Yolanda Piccolo –

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 –


Curious about ethnicity

62 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Frank Bisciglia was born in Cosenza, Calabria and Catherine Meo was born in Roccabernarda, Crotone, Calabria.

  2. Coneicon says:

    Sorry to break it to you but Mark Ruffalo is as Italian as Idris Elba. That is none at all! Ruffalo isn’t White, he is an Arab. As in Middle Easterner. FCOL, Italy had a massive invasion from the Middle East and Ruffalo shows 0 Italian profile. His DNA is dominant Arab, diluted with likely European, though hard to tell due his very obvious nose job. But that freezy hair and those dark eyes and dark traits, he is very likely Egyptian, Saudi or even Iranian dominant. Really weird that he is concealing his Arab origins.

  3. bearboy says:

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

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