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Also Known As: Edward Harrison Norton Jr., Ed Norton Died:
Born: August 18, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, musician, singer, assistant to casting director, waiter, proofreader, writer

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A consistently first-rate actor who impressed audiences and critics alike with a disparate array of roles ranging from remorseless criminal to buttoned-up lawyer to period romantic lead, Edward Norton began as an actor but quickly adopted the roles of screenwriter, producer and director. The ambitious Ivy League grad stood out in Hollywood for his thoughtful, articulate manner and his tendency to eschew the "fame game" in favor of intense involvement in high quality films of varying box office success. He was undaunted and arguably fueled by films that explored darker, controversial sides of human nature, including "American History X" (1998), "Fight Club" (1999) and "25th Hour" (2002), but maintained a reputation as a film enigma with unexpected and successful turns in comedies like "Keeping the Faith" (2000) and period dramas including "The Illusionist" (2006). Fiercely opinionated in matters of art and politics, Norton occasionally found himself the target of verbal sniping from collaborators who clashed with him during productions, yet few questioned his talent and for putting everything he had into whatever project he immersed himself in.

A consistently first-rate actor who impressed audiences and critics alike with a disparate array of roles ranging from remorseless criminal to buttoned-up lawyer to period romantic lead, Edward Norton began as an actor but quickly adopted the roles of screenwriter, producer and director. The ambitious Ivy League grad stood out in Hollywood for his thoughtful, articulate manner and his tendency to eschew the "fame game" in favor of intense involvement in high quality films of varying box office success. He was undaunted and arguably fueled by films that explored darker, controversial sides of human nature, including "American History X" (1998), "Fight Club" (1999) and "25th Hour" (2002), but maintained a reputation as a film enigma with unexpected and successful turns in comedies like "Keeping the Faith" (2000) and period dramas including "The Illusionist" (2006). Fiercely opinionated in matters of art and politics, Norton occasionally found himself the target of verbal sniping from collaborators who clashed with him during productions, yet few questioned his talent and for putting everything he had into whatever project he immersed himself in.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Keeping the Faith (2000) Director

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 Sausage Party (2016)
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 Birdman (2014)
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 Dictator, The (2012)
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 Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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 Stone (2010)
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 Leaves of Grass (2009)
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Raised in Columbia, MD
1977:
Made professional debut at age eight in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia
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Acted in college productions while attending Yale
1990:
Briefly lived in Japan while working for The Enterprise Foundation, which was co-founded by his grandparents
1991:
Moved to NYC and began acting in off-Broadway theater
1994:
Cast in Edward Albee's "Fragments" at the Signature Theater
1996:
Made feature debut in "Primal Fear" as Aaron Stampler, an innocent young man accused of a brutal murder; received first Academy Award nomination
1996:
Featured as lawyers in both Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You" and Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt"
1998:
Co-starred with Matt Damon in John Dahl's "Rounders"
1998:
Portrayed a reformed neo-Nazi in "American History X"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor
1999:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in David Fincher's adaptation of the cult novel "Fight Club"
2000:
Made directing debut (also produced and co-wrote) with "Keeping the Faith"
2001:
Made uncredited script work for "The Score," co-starring Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro
2002:
Portrayed Nelson Rockefeller in "Frida," starring and produced by then off-screen companion Salma Hayek; also reportedly made uncredited script rewrites
2002:
Played FBI profiler Will Graham in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon"
2002:
Cast in Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour"
2003:
Cast as a traitor amongst thieves in "The Italian Job," a remake of the original 1969 film of the same name
2005:
Played the leper king of Jerusalem in "Kingdom of Heaven"
2006:
Co-starred (also produced) with Naomi Watts in the period drama "The Painted Veil"; received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination
2006:
Starred (also produced) with Evan Rachel Wood in the indie drama "Down in the Valley"
2008:
Cast in the lead role of Bruce Banner in the adaptation of "The Incredible Hulk"; also co-wrote
2009:
Co-produced "By The People: The Election of Barack Obama" for HBO; earned a shared Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Nonfiction Special
2010:
Played dual roles in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"
2010:
Played a a convicted arsonist who has his wife seduce his parole officer (Robert De Niro) in "Stone"
2012:
Cast as the scoutmaster leading the search for a pair or preteen runaway lovebirds in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"
2012:
Featured in the espionage thriller "The Bourne Legacy"
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Education

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts: Columbia , Maryland -
T. Schreiber Studio: New York , New York -
Wilde Lake High School: Columbia , Maryland - 1987
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1991

Notes

"Edward is so brilliant, so chivalrous. In terms of ethics and integrity, he transcends virtually everybody I've met in the entertainment world. Both as an actor and a person, he's pure class." --Courtney Love (who portrayed Althea Leasure Flynt, wife of Larry Flynt, whose friend and lawyer Norton plays in "The People Vs. Larry Flynt") in INTERVIEW, April 1996.

"If doing the kinds of jobs I've already gotten makes people inclined to consider me for lots of different roles so I can be selective, then that is all I could really ask for at the moment. I really can't imagine what more I'd want as an actor." --Edward Norton in INTERVIEW, April 1996

"Edward didn't really work his way up the food chain. He blasted his way to the top." --screenwriter Larry Karaszewski quoted by PEOPLE, November 18, 1996

"What's remarkable about Edward is that you don't see him acting." --director Milos Forman quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 19, 1997

"On the whole, it's my instinct and my taste not to share my personal life in a public way . . . It makes me uncomfortable for a number of reasons. One, I have clearly observed--prior to experiencing a little bit of it myself and while working with others who have experienced it a lot--the degree to which fame can be an enormously destructive force. There is no overstating the extent to which it can be corrosive to the thing that I value most, which, much more than my work, is leading a good and happy life." --Norton quoted in INTERVIEW, January 1997

"I enjoy submurging myself in different realms of experience. It's not about hauling up my own experiences or being myself. I am myself every day; I don't need to explore that. I'd rather be an empathetic sponge for other characters."-- Norton on acting, quoted in the London TIMES, November 29, 1998

On Edward Norton..."I am lucky to have found that one guy that I really got to make true love with, savoring him, learning the little things about him."--Selma Hayek US Weekly September 2, 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Courtney Love. Actor, singer. Dated from c. 1996 to c. 1998; both denied relationship although Norton made appearances with Love's band Hole, playing guitar and singing.
companion:
Salma Hayek. Actor. Dating from late 1999; Norton and Hayek were rumored to be married as of January 2003- never confirmed; no longer together as of June 2003.
companion:
Brianna Bell.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
James Rouse. Real estate developer. Born in 1914; died in April 1996; designed Faneuil Hall marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts; with wife co-founded The Enterprise Foundation.
grandmother:
Patricia Rouse. Philanthropist. With husband, co-founded The Enterprise Foundation.
father:
Edward Norton Sr. Attorney. Was Federal prosecutor under President Jimmy Carter; works for National Trust for Historic Preservation.
mother:
Robin Norton. Foundation executive, former schoolteacher. Died of brain cancer on March 6, 1997.
brother:
James Norton. Younger.
sister:
Molly Norton. Younger.
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