Edward Harrison Norton was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, near Baltimore on born August 18, 1969. His mother, Lydia Robinson "Robin", a teacher of English, died of a brain tumor in 1997 and his father, Edward Mower Norton, Jr., is an environmental lawyer and conservation advocate working in Asia, as well as a former federal prosecutor under the Carter administration.
In 1996, Edward Norton supporting role in the courtroom drama “Primal Fear” garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”. Two years later, his lead role as a reformed white power skinhead in American History X earned a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor.
His other films include period dramas such as “Kingdom of Heaven” in 2005, “The Illusionist” in 2006, an
d “The Painted Veil” in 2006 and other notable films such as “Rounders” in 1998, “Fight Club” in 1999, “25th Hour” in 2002, “Red Dragon” in 2002, and “The Incredible Hulk” in 2008.
In addition to acting, Edward Norton is also a writer and director and he made his directorial debut with the film “Keeping the Faith” in 2000 and is slated to direct the film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn. Edward Norton did uncredited work on the scripts for “The Score”,” Frida”, and “The Incredible Hulk”.
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Edward Norton is an American film actor, screenwriter and director.
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Edward Norton is an environmental and social activist in his private life, and he is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization for developing affordable housing, founded by his grandfather, James Rouse. Edward Norton is president of the “American branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust”.
He ran in the 2009 New York City Marathon to help raise money for the Trust. He also raises money for charity through “Crowdrise”, a social networking community for volunteers and a micro-donations fundraising platform. In July 2010, Norton was designated as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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