Edward Norton

Actor, Singer, Musician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/17/1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Conan 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

30 for 30 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Apple Pushers 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Henckels (Actor)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

Scout Master Ward (Actor)

The Bourne Legacy 2012 (Movie)

Ret. Col. Eric Byer, USAF (Actor)

The Dictator 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)

Bill/Brady (Actor)

Stone 2010 (Movie)

Stone (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Invention of Lying 2009 (Movie)

Cop (Actor)

Bustin' Down the Door 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Pride and Glory 2008 (Movie)

Ray Tierney (Actor)

Strange Days on Planet Earth 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunday Morning Shoot-Out 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2008 MTV Movie Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

Bruce Banner/Hulk (Actor)

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

Harlan (Actor)

The Illusionist 2006 (Movie)

Eisenheim (Actor)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Walter Fane (Actor)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

King Baldwin (Actor)

Stella 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oscar Countdown 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2003 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Italian Job 2003 (Movie)

Steve Frezelli (Actor)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

Monty Brogan (Actor)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

Sheldon Mopes/ Smoochy the Rhino (Actor)

Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Frida 2002 (Movie)

Nelson Rockefeller (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Will Graham (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Death to Smoochy 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Brian--Father Brian Finn (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

American History X 1998 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Out of the Past 1998 (Movie)

of Henry Gerber (Voice)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Worm (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

Holden (Actor)

Primal Fear 1996 (Movie)

Aaron Stampler (Actor)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

Isaacman (Actor)

Years of Living Dangerously (Tv Show)

Narrator
Producer (7)

My Own Man 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thanks For Sharing 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

("Smoochy's Methadone Song" "Smoochy's Magic Jungle Theme" "The Cookie Chant") (Song Performer)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

song/song performer("My Stepdad's Not Mean (He's Just Adjusting)") (Song)

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

("Just You Just Me" "My Baby Just Cares for Me" "I'm Thru With Love") (Song Performer)
Editor (1)

Down in the Valley 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)
Director (1)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Brianna Bell

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2005 no longer together

Salma Hayek Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1999 Rumored to be engaged as of January 2003, but they never confirmed Split in June 2003

Courtney Love Actor

Companion
Met while filming "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996) Dated from 1996-98; both denied relationship although Norton made appearances with Love's band Hole, playing guitar and singing

Edward Norton

Father
Former federal prosecutor under the Carter administration advocate for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Robin Norton

Mother
Died of brain cancer on March 6, 1997

James Norton

Brother
Younger

Molly Norton

Sister
Younger

Shauna Robertson Actor

Wife
Produced several films for Apatow Productions, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005), "Knocked Up" (2007) and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (2008) Secretly married in 2012

James Rouse

Grandfather
Norton's maternal grandfather designed the city of Columbia, Maryland (where Norton grew up), helped develop Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Norfolk's Waterside Festival Marketplace, as well as co-founded the Enterprise Foundation with wife Patricia

Patricia Rouse

Grandmother
Norton's maternal stepgrandmother co-founded The Enterprise Foundation with husband James

EDUCATION

Wilde Lake High School

Columbia , Maryland 1987

T. Schreiber Studio

New York , New York
Studied acting with Terry Schreiber

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Columbia , Maryland
Attended from about age six until around age 14

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1991
Acted in productions alongside Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti

Milestones

2012

Featured in the espionage thriller "The Bourne Legacy"

2012

Cast as the scoutmaster leading the search for a pair or preteen runaway lovebirds in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"

2010

Played a a convicted arsonist who has his wife seduce his parole officer (Robert De Niro) in "Stone"

2010

Played dual roles in Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass"

2009

Co-produced "By The People: The Election of Barack Obama" for HBO; earned a shared Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Nonfiction Special

2008

Cast in the lead role of Bruce Banner in the adaptation of "The Incredible Hulk"; also co-wrote

2006

Starred (also produced) with Evan Rachel Wood in the indie drama "Down in the Valley"

2006

Co-starred (also produced) with Naomi Watts in the period drama "The Painted Veil"; received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination

2005

Played the leper king of Jerusalem in "Kingdom of Heaven"

2003

Cast as a traitor amongst thieves in "The Italian Job," a remake of the original 1969 film of the same name

2002

Played FBI profiler Will Graham in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon"

2002

Portrayed Nelson Rockefeller in "Frida," starring and produced by then off-screen companion Salma Hayek; also reportedly made uncredited script rewrites

2002

Cast in Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour"

2001

Made uncredited script work for "The Score," co-starring Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro

2000

Made directing debut (also produced and co-wrote) with "Keeping the Faith"

1999

Co-starred with Brad Pitt in David Fincher's adaptation of the cult novel "Fight Club"

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

1996

Featured as lawyers in both Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You" and Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt"

1996

Made feature debut in "Primal Fear" as Aaron Stampler, an innocent young man accused of a brutal murder; received first Academy Award nomination

1994

Cast in Edward Albee's "Fragments" at the Signature Theater

1991

Moved to NYC and began acting in off-Broadway theater

1990

Briefly lived in Japan while working for The Enterprise Foundation, which was co-founded by his grandparents

1977

Made professional debut at age eight in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia

Raised in Columbia, MD

Acted in college productions while attending Yale

Bonus Trivia

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Norton spoke fluent Japanese.

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Following graduation, Norton worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather's company Enterprise Foundation.

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"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 quoted in Interview magazine, April 1996

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"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." – Norton quoted in Interview magazine, April 1996

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"Edward didn't really work his way up the food chain. He blasted his way to the top." – screenwriter Larry Karaszewski to People magazine, Nov. 18, 1996

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"What's remarkable about Edward is that you don't see him acting." – director Milos Forman to The New York Times, Jan. 19, 1997

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"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 magazine, January 1997

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"I enjoy submerging 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 quoted in the London Times, Nov. 29, 1998

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"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 to Us Weekly, Sept. 2, 2002

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"Most of the things that I have felt passionately about have been commercial flops, though I would argue, immodestly, that a large number have stuck around in a significant sense, certainly more than many that do better financially." – Norton quoted in Interview magazine, May 2006

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Norton ran the New York City marathon on Nov. 1, 2009. The run benefited the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, an organization working to promote sustainable development in East Africa.

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In 2009, Norton was selected by President Barack Obama as a member of the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities.

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