Aug. 18th, 1969
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Edward Norton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2014 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
2010 - Stone
2009 - The Invention of Lying
2008 - Pride and Glory
2008 - The Incredible Hulk
2006 - The Illusionist
2006 - The Painted Veil
2005 - Down in the Valley
2005 - Kingdom of Heaven
2004 - After the Sunset
2003 - The Italian Job
2002 - Red Dragon
2002 - 25th Hour
2002 - Frida
2002 - Death to Smoochy
2001 - The Score
2000 - Keeping the Faith
1999 - Fight Club
1998 - Rounders
1998 - American History X
1996 - The People vs. Larry Flynt
1996 - Everyone Says I Love You
1996 - Primal Fear
Guest TV Roles
Reverend Elijah Hooper (Voiced)
Himself - Actor
Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969 to parents Edward, an attorney who works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Robin Norton, a former foundation executive and teacher who passed away of brain cancer on March 6, 1997. Edward also has two younger siblings named James and Molly. From the age of 5 onward, the Yale graduate (majoring in history) has always been interested in acting. At the age of 8, he would ask his drama teacher what his motivation in a scene was. He attended theater schools throughout his life, and eventually managed to find work on stage in New York as a member of the Signature players, who produced the works of playwright and director Edward Albee. Around the time when he was appearing in Albee's Fragments, in Hollywood, they were looking for a young actor to star opposite Richard Gere in a new courtroom thriller, Primal Fear (1996). The role was offered to Leonardo DiCaprio but he turned it down. Gere was on the verge of walking away from the project, fed up with the wait for a young star to be found, when Edward auditioned and won the role over 2000 other hopefuls. Before the film was even released, his test screenings for the part were causing a Hollywood sensation, and he was soon offered roles in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). Edward won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Primal Fear (1996). In 1998, Norton gained 30 pounds of muscle and transformed his look into that of a monstrous skinhead for his role as a violent white supremacist in American History X (1998). This performance would earn him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor. In 1999 came the critically acclaimed Fight Club (1999) and in 2000 came his directorial debut in Keeping the Faith (2000).
- Voted International Man of the Year (2003) By British GQ Magazine
- Shaved his head and gained 30 pounds of muscle in 3 months by drinking protein shakes, meat shakes (blended roast beef), and lifting weights non-stop for his role as Dereck Vinyard in _American History X (1998)_ (qv).
- His character Aaron Stampler in _Primal Fear (1996)_ (qv), which was based on a book, did not have a stutter, but when he auditioned he gave him one.
- Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland, where Edward graduated in 1987, built a new auditorium for the performing arts several years ago. He revisited his alma mater and gave a lecture on the day of the dedication. It is named after Edward's grandfather, James Rouse.
- He treasures his private life and being able to live a normal life - and can't imagine not being able to take the New York subway if he gets too famous.
- Producers of _American Psycho (2000)_ (qv) wanted him to play Patrick Bateman.
- Following graduation, he worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather's company, Enterprise Foundation, which works to create decent, affordable housing for low-income families.
- His babysitter, Betsy True, went on to perform as Cossette in a Broadway version of Les Miserables. She was the one who originally piqued Edward's interest in acting, taking him to see his first play, If I Were A Princess, at age six.