A look at the star?s previous, current, and future works

By Alice M. Lee
Updated December 23, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Moment Of Arrival A powerhouse performance as Terry Prescott, a hapless and misguided drifter visiting his small-town sister, in the Sundance award-winning sensation You Can Count on Me.
How He Got the Part Even though Ruffalo and You Can Count On Mewriter-director Kenneth Lonergan are longtime collaborators — on such critically acclaimed fare as Off Broadway’s This Is Our Youth — Lonergan made him fight for the part like everyone else. The problem? He and costar Laura Linney look nothing alike. But after capturing the character’s complexities and instantly clicking with Linney, he beat out the competition.
Previous Jobs This stage veteran has been around for 14 years, appearing in films like Ang Lee’s Ride With the Devil and the Sundance flick Committed. Last spring, he played a conflicted NYPD cop on the short-lived UPN series The Beat.
What Fame Has Brought Calls from top agency heads and a Best Actor award at Montreal World Film Festival (”That was almost like winning the Academy Award to me — it’s a tough little town”).
On His Growing Oscar Buzz ”It seems like such an incredible long shot…. If that’s what God and fate have planned, it would be beautiful.”
What’s Next An indie about a three-way relationship, XX/XY, and John Woo’s World War II drama about Navajo radio-men, Windtalkers. </p.