Edward Norton

Edward Norton

Age
47
Birthday
Aug. 18th, 1969
Born in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height
6' 1"

Edward Norton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth TV Show
National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
2013 - Salinger
2012 - The Bourne Legacy
2012 - The Bourne Legacy
2012 - The Bourne Legacy
2012 - Moonrise Kingdom
2012 - The Dictator
2010 - Stone
2009 - The Invention of Lying
2008 - The Incredible Hulk
2008 - Pride and Glory
2006 - The Painted Veil
2006 - The Illusionist
2005 - Down in the Valley
2005 - Kingdom of Heaven
2004 - After the Sunset
2003 - The Italian Job
2002 - Death to Smoochy
2002 - Red Dragon
2002 - 25th Hour
2002 - Death to Smoochy
2002 - Frida
2001 - The Score
2000 - Keeping the Faith
1999 - Fight Club
1998 - American History X
1998 - Rounders
1996 - Primal Fear
1996 - The People vs. Larry Flynt
1996 - Everyone Says I Love You

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Host
3
Himself - Guest
3
Himself - Guest
2
Reverend Elijah Hooper (Voiced)
2
Izzy LaFontaine
1
Special Segment Actor
1
Himself
1
Edward Norton
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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).


TRIVIA:
  • He was was going to play Terry Fitzgerald in _Spawn (1997)_ (qv) but pulled out of the project.
  • Was 33 years old when he played Will Graham in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv). His predecessor, 'William Petersen' (qv), was also 33 years old when he played the same role in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv).
  • Dedicated his directoral debut, _Keeping the Faith (2000)_ (qv), to his late mother, Robin.
  • He speaks Spanish
  • Credits legendary acting coach Terry Schreiber as being a major reason behind his success as an actor. The story was that Norton, who speaks Japanese, worked a deal with Schreiber to trade acting lessons for Norton teaching Schreiber Japanese. Schreiber was to direct a play in Japan at the time, and agreed to the deal. Norton studied with Schreiber for about three years in the early 90s in New York, and his career subsequently took off. Norton wrote the introduction to Schreiber's 2005 acting text "Acting: Advanced Techniques for the Actor, Director, and Teacher."
  • When Norton met with the director for _Primal Fear (1996)_ (qv), he told them that he, like Aaron, came from eastern Kentucky. Norton even spoke with the twang (which he prepared by watching _Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)_ (qv)).
  • Brother of Molly Norton and James Norton.
  • According to Yale's newspaper, he has wanted to play the poet 'Dylan Thomas (I)' (qv) for a long time, but feels he's not physically right for the part.


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