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Name: Edward Norton

Real name: Edward Harrison Norton

Birth date: 18 of August 1969 (50 y.o.)

Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 75 kg

Birth Sign: Leo

Chinese zodiac: Rooster

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Biography of Edward Norton

Edward Norton is an American actor and director, who has become famous for his roles in Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998), Fight Club (1999), The Illusionist (2006) and Birdman (2014).
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On the photo: Edward Norton

His Childhood and Youth

Edward Harrison Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts. The actor’s father, Edward Mower Norton Jr., served in Vietnam, and later was an environmentalist in Asia and a federal prosecutor in the Cabinet of Jimmy Carter (the 39th President of the USA). His mother, Lydia Robinson, was an English teacher, died of a brain tumor in 1997. Norton has younger sister Molly and brother Jim.

Edward's maternal grandfather was a successful businessman: he founded The Enterprise Foundation (affordable accommodation) and the well-known building company, named The Rouse Company. Norton's grandfather helped to build Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Norfolk’s Waterside Festival Marketplace and other establishments.
Edward Norton as a schoolboy
Edward Norton as a schoolboy
Unlike his grandfather, from childhood, Norton saw himself on the stage, not in the business. The boy started his acting career on the stage of the Colombia Center for Theatrical Arts. Thanks to his remarkable talent 15-year-old Norton won the acting cup at the summer camp in Bristol (New Hampshire) - later he returned to the camp’s council by directing theater, improving his acting skills.

After high school, Edward entered Yale University to study History. As a student, the guy was a competitive rower and acted in university performances with the future Hollywood stars Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti.
Edward Norton in his youth
Edward Norton in his youth
After graduation, Norton went to Japan to help his grandfather in his business. Since then, the actor has spoken Japanese well. But even doing this job, Edward was able to apply his acting skills: he starred in a series of training videos for a video tutorial of the English language of the major language school in Japan.

His Acting Career

In the early 1990s, Edward moved from Japan to New York City, wanting to become a star. His breakthrough occurred in 1993 in the Off-Broadway Theater, where the actor was involved in the production of the play by Edward Albee (an author of the world-famous book Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
Edward Norton at the theater
Edward Norton at the theater
Norton made his movie debut in 1996, having starred in the lead role in Primal Fear. In Gregory Hoblit’s adventure movie the actor played a young man, accused of the murder of the archbishop and defended in the court by the well-known lawyer (played by Richard Gere). Critics and audience were impressed by the acting of young Norton, who soon won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar.
Primal Fear – a trailer
In the same year, Edward played lawyer Alan Isaacman in the biopic The People vs. Larry Flynt. The role of the infamous publisher and businessman Flint was played by Woody Harrelson.
Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt
Edward Norton and Woody Harrelson in The People vs. Larry Flynt
However, the real glory was ahead. In 1998, in the drama American History X the actor played Derek Vinyard, in the past - a ruthless leader of the neo-Nazi group, who had changed his outlook on life, being imprisoned. The movie really impressed the audience and received a lot of positive feedback. Critics noted that Norton's character had ambiguous erotic allure, and Edward played him perfectly well.
American History X – a trailer
Norton showed himself as a true perfectionist on the set of the movie. Director Tony Kaye was editing the movie during the whole year, taking into account the numerous notes of Norton. Later, the actor had repeatedly interfered the production process with his ideas, disturbing the directors and screenwriters.
On the set of the movie American History X
On the set of the movie American History X
The next high-profile movie with Norton was Fight Club by David Fincher. In the 1999 psychological thriller, based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, Edward played the unnamed narrator, who was dissatisfied with his life of yuppies and formed the underground organization Fight Club with soap salesman Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt).
On the set of the movie Fight Club
On the set of the movie Fight Club
To prepare for the role, Norton took the lessons in boxing, taekwondo, and grappling, and he was deliberately losing his weight from the beginning of the shooting (unlike Pitt, who was putting on the weight).
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club
The movie was nominated for an Oscar, and Edward Norton could have won the MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight (he beat himself in one scene), but Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne received it for the fight in The Matrix (1999).
Edward Norton’s character beats himself (Fight Club)
In 2002, Norton starred in Brett Ratner's thriller Red Dragon, the second movie in a series about intellectual-psychopath Hannibal Lecter (he was traditionally played by Anthony Hopkins). Spike Lee’s 25th Hour was also successful. The actor played a successful American, sentenced to 7 years for drug trafficking – he had only 24 hours to say goodbye to his relatives.
Edward Norton in 25th Hour
Edward Norton in 25th Hour
In the movie there is a lot of similarity to American History X: in both movies, there are scenes with the mention of slavery, Norton has the same hairstyle and beard, his father is a firefighter, and he is a criminal.

In 2003, Paramount Studios forced the actor to star in the action movie The Italian Job - these were the terms of the contract. Norton was not eager to work on this project and later refused to promote the movie’s release. However, the movie was commercially successful, and on the set of it Norton met with Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Donald Sutherland and Jason Statham.
Edward Norton, Mark Wahlberg, and Charlize Theron in the action movie The Italian Job
Edward Norton, Mark Wahlberg, and Charlize Theron in the action movie The Italian Job
Then Edward Norton starred in The Illusionist and The Painted Veil with Naomi Watts. In 2008, it was released the Marvel Studios movie The Incredible Hulk, in which the actor played the lead role. Norton has portrayed scientist Bruce Banner, who after a failed experiment mutates, becoming the green monster Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk – a trailer
Eric Bana played a mutant in the first movie, in 2003. Then the designers created the similarities of the appearance through facial expressions capture, but the Hulk’s face was made without the outline of Edward’s face, so he was not like an actor. Norton was expected to reprise his role in The Avengers in 2012, but he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo due to Norton’s disagreements on salary issues.
On the set of the movie The Incredible Hulk
On the set of the movie The Incredible Hulk
In the 2010 tragicomedy Leaves of Grass the actor played two roles at once - diametrically different twins. In the thriller Stone Norton again played a prisoner who was ready to do everything to get out of prison. Two years later, Edward could be seen in the cult action movie The Bourne Legacy, a spin-off of movies about the former agent Jason Bourne.
Michael Keaton and Edward Norton talks about Birdman
Norton received a lot of praise for his work after the Oscar-winning black comedy Birdman (2014) by Alejandro Inarritu. The uniqueness of the movie is associated with the effect of continuous shooting (in fact, the movie consists of more than 100 montages). In the story of an aged theater director (Michael Keaton), Edward Norton played a daring actor who got naked on the stage, tried to rape his partner (Naomi Watts) in front of thousands of spectators and desperately fought with his boss. Critics noted that for the last fifteen years after Fight Club the actor had played a strong and temperamental character.

Personal Life of Edward Norton

In the mid-1990s, Edward Norton dated actress Drew Barrymore, then he was engaged to rock singer Courtney Love, a widow of the band leader of Nirvana Kurt Cobain, but they did not marry. From 1999 to 2003, he dated Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek.
Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore
Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore
In 2011, Norton proposed to Canadian director Shauna Robertson after six years of dating. In 2013, the family had a son, Atlas.
Edward Norton and Salma Hayek
Edward Norton and Salma Hayek
Norton has a private pilot license and a private jet - modified Cessna 206.
Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson
Edward Norton and Shauna Robertson
Edward Norton supports many environmental projects, in particular, the development of renewable energy sources. The actor is also a member of the African Wildlife Foundation, speaking against the supply of ivory.
Edward Norton and his son Atlas
Edward Norton and his son Atlas
He is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and a spokesperson for the Convention on Biological Diversity. He regularly allocates funds for improving the quality of life in low-income communities. In May 2010, Norton launched a website called Crowdrise - a social networking platform to raise funds for charity.

Edward Norton Now

Since February 2018, Edward Norton, as a director and screenwriter, has been working on the movie Motherless Brooklyn. Its events take place in the 1950s in New York City. The movie tells the story of an investigator with Tourette's syndrome who is looking for the murderer of his mentor. Willem Dafoe, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Leslie Mann will star in this movie.
Since February 2018, Edward Norton has been working on the movie Motherless Brooklyn
Since February 2018, Edward Norton has been working on the movie Motherless Brooklyn
In March, on the set, there was a fire, which killed one of the firefighters. A $7 million suit was filed against Norton’s production company, which acted with recklessness, carelessness, and negligence. A week after the incident, the shooting was resumed.
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