10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo is a well established actor now thanks to roles in 13 Going on 30, Shutter Island, The Kids Are All Right and his role as the Hulk in The Avengers franchise, but it wasn’t always easy for the actor. He had to spend years honing his craft so he could achieve mainstream success. In celebration of his birthday, here are 10 things you didn’t about the talented and charming actor:
10. Benign Brain Tumor
In 2011, The Avengers actor revealed that he had a benign brain tumor removed back in 2002. He told The Telegraph that he had dreamt that he had a brain tumor, so he went to the doctor the next day and was sent for tests, which ended up revealing that he did in fact have a brain tumor, but it was non-malignant. When he had surgery to remove it, the operation left one side of his face paralyzed; however, with time, the paralysis went away.
9. First Professional Job
His first professional job was in a Clearasil commercial. He had been working at a guitar store prior to landing the gig and quit the job as soon as he was cast in the commercial. “I was 19, maybe 20, that was my first paying job. I went and quit my day job, stringing guitars at a guitar store on Sunset Boulevard, Freedom Guitar. I made like $30,000 – and I was like, ‘I’ve made it, I’m rich, I’m quitting my job, I’m on my way!’ Two months later, after lending money and treating friends to dinner, and buying a new car stereo system, it was all gone. And then it was back to whatever small jobs I could get. Busboy, waiting tables, gardening, house painting, moving, whatever shit – I did everything when I was in LA,” he told The Rolling Stone.