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Shutter Island: Cast and Filmmakers

Click for Bios: Director Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dennis Lehane...

From Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.


LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (Teddy Daniels) is an award-winning actor and a three-time Academy Award® nominee.  He most recently garnered a 2009 Best Actor Golden Globe nomination for his work as Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road. He earned his most recent Oscar® nod in 2007 for his performance in Edward Zwick’s drama Blood Diamond, also receiving Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for his work in the film.  That same year, DiCaprio garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award nominations for his role in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture “The Departed,” which marked his third collaboration with director Martin Scorsese.  He also shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance with his castmates from The Departed. He previously earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Scorsese’s acclaimed 2004 biopic The Aviator. DiCaprio’s portrayal of Howard Hughes in that film also brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Critics’ Choice Award and BAFTA Award nominations.  In addition, he was honored with two SAG Award nominations, one for Best Actor and another for Outstanding Cast Performance as part of the film’s cast.

MARK RUFFALO (Chuck Aule) is one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, easily moving between stage and screen and working with directors including Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, David Fincher, Fernando Meirelles and Michel Gondry.
Ruffalo recently starred in Where the Wild Things Are directed by Spike Jonze and The Brothers Bloom, an international con man adventure directed by Rian Johnson (Brick). The cast included Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz and Rinko Kikuchi.
In 2008, Ruffalo was seen in Miramax Films’ Blindness, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener). The film, based on the book by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, follows a plague of blindness that affects everyone in an anonymous city. His co-stars were Julianne Moore and Danny Glover. Blindness screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2007, Ruffalo was seen in the Focus Features film Reservation Road opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly. The film screened at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. The same year, Ruffalo appeared in Paramount Pictures’ Zodiac opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr. Ruffalo portrayed Detective Dave Toschi, who devoted his career to tracking down the Zodiac killer. Phoenix Pictures has purchased the rights to The Brass Wall as a starring vehicle for Ruffalo. He will play an undercover cop who infiltrates the Lucchesi crime family in New York to solve the murder of a city firefighter.


MARTIN SCORSESE (Director/Producer) was born in 1942 in New York City, and was raised in the downtown neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films.  Scorsese earned a BS degree in film communications in 1964, followed by an MA in the same field in 1966 at New York University’s School of Film. During this time, he made numerous prize-winning short films, including The Big Shave. In 1968, Scorsese directed his first feature film, Who’s That Knocking at My Door. He served as assistant director and an editor of the documentary Woodstock in 1970, and won critical and popular acclaim for his 1973 film Mean Streets. Scorsese directed his first documentary film, Italianamerican, in 1974.