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About Edward Norton (1969 – )

Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969. His given name at birth was Edward Harrison Norton. He is sometimes credited as Ed Norton.  Norton was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.

Edward Norton's father who bears the same name as his son, is an attorney who works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His father was also an attorney for President Jimmy Carter. Robin Norton, his mother, was a former foundation executive and teacher. She passed away from brain cancer in 1997.  Norton also has two siblings named James and Molly.

In 1987, Edward Norton graduated from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. He received a B.A. in history from Yale in 1991. As an undergraduate, Norton took several Japanese and theater courses.

Following Norton's graduation, he worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather's company, Enterprise Foundation. The foundation works to get affordable housing for low income families.

Beginning at the age of five, Edward Norton became interested in acting. He attended theater schools throughout his life. He eventually began working on stage in New York as a member of the Signature players who produced the plays of playwright and director Edward Albee.

In 1996, Edward Norton won the role for PRIMAL FEAR. As a result of his screen testings, he was soon offered roles in Woody Allen's EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU and THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT.

In 1998, Norton played the guitar with Courtney Love's band, Hole, in two gigs in Los Angeles.

Also in 1998, Norton competed with Matt Damon in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

For his role in AMERICAN HISTORY X in 1998, Edward Norton gained thirty pounds of muscle and transformed his look into a monstrous skinhead. This role gained him an Oscar nomination in 1999.

Also in 1999, he was critically acclaimed for his role in FIGHT CLUB. In 2000, Edward Norton made his directorial debut in KEEPING THE FAITH.

From 1996 to 1998, Norton dated Courtney Love. From 1999 to 2003 he dated Salma Hayek.

Edward Norton serves as a member of the board of directors at the Enterprise Foundation in New York.

Norton was voted International Man of the Year in 2003 by British GQ magazine.

Norton has been honored with 3 Academy Award nominations. For BIRDMAN, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and may win one in the 2015 Academy Awards Show. For AMERICAN HISTORY X; (1998), he earned a nomination for Best Actor. In 1997, he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the film, PRIMAL FEAR.

In the Golden Globe arena, he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in PRIMAL FEAR. He was also nominated for Supporting Actor in the 2014 film, BIRDMAN.

Edward Norton's notable movie credits include...

BIRDMAN - 2014
SALINGER - 2013
THE BOURNE LEGACY - 2012
LEAVES OF GRASS - 2010
STONE - 2010
THE INVENTION OF LYING - 2009
PRIDE AND GLORY - 2008
THE INCREDIBLE HULK - 2008
THE PAINTED VEIL - 2006
THE ILLUSIONIST - 2006
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN - 2005
AFTER THE SUNSET - 2004
THE ITALIAN JOB - 2003
RED DRAGON - 2002
FRIDA - 2002
THE SCORE - 2001
KEEPING THE FAITH - 2000
FIGHT CLUB - 1999
AMERICAN HISTORY X - 1998
PRIMAL FEAR - 1996
ONLY IN AMERICA - 1994

Awards won by Edward Norton include...

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards - THE PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT - 1996
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - PRIMAL FEAR - 1997
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards - PRIMAL FEAR - 1997
Golden Globes - PRIMAL FEAR - 1997
Gotham Awards - Tribute Award - 2006
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards - PRIMAL FEAR - 1997
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU - 1996
National Board Of Review - EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU - 1996
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards - THE ILLUSIONIST - 2006
Sant Jordi Awards - 25TH HOURS - 2004
Satellite Awards - AMERICAN HISTORY X - 1999
Society of Texas Film Critics Awards - THE PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT - 1996
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards - AMERICAN HISTORY X - 1999
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards - PRIMAL FEAR - 1997
Street Film Festival, Milan - KEEPING THE FAITH - 2000

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Edward Norton in THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2008).

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Edward Norton in THE BOURNE LEGACY (2012)

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Edward Norton in PRIMAL FEAR (1996).

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Edward Norton in THE ILLUSIONIST (2006).

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Edward Norton in ROUNDERS (1998).

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Edward Norton in THE ITALIAN JOB (2003).