Real name: Edward James Norton Jr.
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Partner: Salma Hayek
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Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. His acting credits include roles in the films Primal Fear, American History X and Fight Club.
From 1981 to 1985,along with his brother, he attended Pasquaney, a camp in Hebron New Hampshire. There he won the acting cup in 1984 and later returned to the camp's council for two years, directing theater. He continues to visit this camp and maintains close connections with it.
Norton graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1987, then from Yale University in 1991 with a BA in History. While in Yale Norton took as many classes in theatre as he could although never majoring in drama. Actors Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti were classmates and fellow collegiate actors. Following graduation, Norton worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather's company, Enterprise Foundation. He also appeared in an ESL textbook, Only in America, used by Nova, a major Japanese language school.
Edward Norton moved to New York City and began his acting career in Off-Broadway theater. Moving into film, Norton cut his teeth playing a series of dark, grotesque characters, quickly launching him into the spotlight, beginning with 1996's Primal Fear. In the film, he took on the role of Aaron Stampler, a deeply disturbed young man accused of a brutal murder, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1998, his portrayal of a reformed neo-Nazi in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his role as a card shark pitted him opposite Matt Damon in 1998's poker-playing hit Rounders. He packed on 30 pounds (15 kg) of muscle for his role in American History X but did not maintain the physique after production. Despite mixed reviews for the film, his performance in the adaptation of the cult novel Fight Club, which co-starred Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, has been credited as a factor in expanding Norton's fan base.
On April 16, 2007, it was confirmed that Norton will play the role of Bruce Banner in the upcoming movie adaptation of the Incredible Hulk, to be released in 2008.
On September 11, 2007, it was announced that Norton would re-join Fight Club co-star Brad Pitt in the film adaptation of hit BBC television drama State of Play, which begins filming in November 2007.
Norton has been a strong supporter of Eliot Spitzer, who was elected governor of New York in 2006. He has introduced Spitzer at several campaign events and also rode on his campaign bus. Norton is a member of the 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 has also put time and money toward social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities.
Norton dated Mexican actress Salma Hayek between 1999 and 2003. He was also once engaged to Courtney Love. He is currently dating film producer Shauna Robertson.
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
- Song Performer ("Just You Just Me", "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I'm Thru With Love")
Death to Smoochy (2002)
- Song/Song Performer ("My Stepdad's Not Mean (He's Just Adjusting)")
- Song Performer ("Smoochy's Methadone Song", "Smoochy's Magic Jungle Theme", "The Cookie Chant")