Renowned Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo was awarded a coveted star on the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, February 8. The celebrated Avengers star took to his social media to share the joyous news, posting a heartwarming snapshot featuring his wife, Sunrise Coigney, and their three children. Ruffalo’s induction into the Walk of Fame marks yet another milestone in his esteemed career, solidifying his status as one of the industry’s most revered talents.
Notably, Ruffalo is just one among a plethora of Marvel luminaries to be bestowed with this prestigious honor. While several actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been immortalized on the Walk of Fame, there remains one glaring omission—Robert Downey Jr.
Despite boasting an illustrious career replete with unforgettable performances, Robert Downey Jr. has yet to receive either an Academy Award or a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nonetheless, fans remain hopeful that his upcoming portrayal of Oppenheimer may finally earn him the coveted Oscar accolade. As we celebrate the achievements of those who have been honored with stars, let us take a moment to acknowledge the Marvel actors who have been duly recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Samuel L. Jackson: The indomitable Samuel L. Jackson, beloved for his portrayal of Nick Fury, blazed the trail for MCU stars when he received his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2000.
Anthony Hopkins: A stalwart of the silver screen, Anthony Hopkins, known for his role as Odin in the MCU, was honored with a star in 2003, solidifying his enduring legacy in Hollywood.
Gwyneth Paltrow: While Robert Downey Jr. awaits his star, his on-screen counterpart, Pepper Potts, portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow, was duly recognized with a star in 2010, adding to her accolades.
Scarlett Johansson: Despite the prolonged wait for her solo Black Widow movie, Scarlett Johansson’s talent was acknowledged with a star in 2012, a testament to her indelible mark on the industry.
Paul Rudd: Paul Rudd, renowned for his portrayal of Ant-Man, received the prestigious honor in 2015, further cementing his place among Hollywood’s elite.
Chris Pratt: Chris Pratt, whose portrayal of Peter Quill/Star-Lord captured hearts worldwide, received his star in 2017, a well-deserved recognition of his contributions to cinema.
Zoe Saldana: Known for her portrayal of Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Zoe Saldana was honored with a star in 2018, underscoring her versatile talent.
Salma Hayek: Making her mark in the MCU with Eternals in 2021, Salma Hayek received her star the same year, celebrating her contributions to the silver screen.
Benedict Cumberbatch: Last but not least, Benedict Cumberbatch, renowned for his portrayal of Doctor Strange, was honored with a star in 2022, rounding out the list of Marvel stars on the Walk of Fame.
In addition to Robert Downey Jr., other notable actors from the MCU who have yet to receive stars include Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Chris Evans.
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