Edward Norton Biography

Birthday: 1969-08-18
Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki 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).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner 1980 - 1981 Action
Score Jack Teller 2001 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Stone Gerald "Stone" Creeson 1974
Primal Fear Aaron 1996 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The People vs. Larry Flynt Alan Isaacman 1996 Drama
Everyone Says I Love You Holden Spence 1997 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Rounders Lester 'Worm' Murphy 1998 Crime, Drama
American History X Derek Vinyard 1998 Crime, Drama
Fight Club 1999 Drama
Keeping the Faith Father Brian Finn 2000 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Score Jack Teller 2001 Action, Crime, Thriller
The Score Jack Teller 2001 Action, Crime, Thriller
Death to Smoochy Sheldon Mopes 2002 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Red Dragon Will Graham 2002 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Frida Nelson Rockefeller 2002 Drama, Romance
25th Hour Monty Brogan 2003 Crime, Drama
The 25th Hour Monty Brogan 2003 Crime, Drama
The Italian Job Steve 2003 Action, Crime, Thriller
Down in the Valley Harlan 2005 Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Illusionist Eisenheim 2006 Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Painted Veil Walter Fane 2007 Drama, Romance
The Incredible Hulk Bruce Banner 2008 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Pride and Glory Ray Tierney 2008 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Leaves of Grass Bill Kincaid / Brady Kincaid 2010 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Moonrise Kingdom Scout Master Ward 2012 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Bourne Legacy Retired Col. Eric Byer, USAF 2012 Action, Adventure, Mystery