Edward Norton

Edward NortonEdward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American film actor, screenwriter and director. In 1996, his supporting role in the courtroom drama Primal Fear garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. A year later, his lead role as a reformed white power skinhead in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His other films include period dramas such as Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Illusionist (2006), and The Painted Veil (2006); and other notable films such as Rounders (1998), Fight Club (1999), 25th Hour (2002), Red Dragon (2002), and The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Aside from acting, Norton made his directorial debut with the film Keeping the Faith (2000) and is slated to direct the film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn, set to be released in 2010. He is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit Edward Norton nudeorganization for developing affordable housing, as well as a social activist.
Norton moved to New York City and began his acting career in off-Broadway theater, breaking through with his 1993 involvement in Edward Albee’s Fragments at the Signature Theatre Company. His first major film was 1996’s Primal Fear, which tells a story of a defense attorney (Richard Gere), who defends Aaron Stampler, an altar boy (Norton), charged with the murder of a Catholic archbishop. The movie is an adaptation of William Diehl’s 1993 novel. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: “Norton gives a performance that’s fully the equal of Gere’s — he’s as slyly self-effacing as Gere is slyly ostentatious.” Alison Macor of The Austin Chronicle, in review of the film, wrote, “Norton’s performance and the well-paced tension preceding the movie’s climactic sequence provide an entertaining if slightly predictable thriller.” Despite the mixed reviews, Norton won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1998, he took on the role of Derek Vinyard, a reformed neo-Nazi in the film American History X. David Denby of The New Yorker noted that Norton gives Derek “ambiguous erotic allure; he’s almost appealing”. American History X received positive reception, and grossed over $23 million worldwide at the box office. His performance in the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He packed on 30 pounds (13 kg) of muscle for his role in American History X but did not maintain the physique after production. Also in 1998, Norton starred opposite Matt Damon in Rounders, a movie follows two friends who need to quickly earn enough cash playing poker to pay off a huge debt.
Edward Norton nakedNorton is generally known for his reluctance to embrace his celebrity status, and has said, “If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack.” Norton has stated in interviews that he is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, and was involved in many of Cal Ripken Jr.’s retirement activities in 2001 when he was asked to be a part of Ripken’s biography for Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended Ripken’s ceremony at the Hall of Fame in July 2007. Norton has a private pilot license and discussed his flight training when interviewed on episodes of The Late Show with David Letterman and Inside the Actor’s Studio.
Norton was a strong supporter of former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer. Norton is a member of the board of trustees of the Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit developer of affordable housing. He is also well-known for his support for environmental causes and renewable energy projects, such as BP’s Solar Neighbors program. He also put time and money toward social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities.
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