Biography of Edward NortonEdward 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).
His Childhood and YouthEdward 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.
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.
His Acting CareerIn 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?).
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.
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.