Biography for Edward Norton
Edward James Norton Jr.
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969 to parents Edward, an attorney
who works for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Robin
Norton, a former foundation executive and teacher who passed away of
brain cancer on March 6, 1997. Edward also has two younger siblings
named James and Molly. From the age of 5 onward, the Yale graduate
(majoring in history) has always been interested in acting. At the age
of 8, he would ask his drama teacher what his motivation in a scene was.
He attended theater schools throughout his life, and eventually managed
to find work on stage in New York as a member of the Signature players,
who produced the works of playwright and director HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0016361/" Edward Albee . Around the time when
he was appearing in Albee's Fragments, in Hollywood, they were looking
for a young actor to star opposite HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0000152/" Richard Gere in a new courtroom
thriller, HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0117381/" Primal Fear
(1996). The role was offered to HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0000138/" Leonardo DiCaprio but he turned it
Gere was on the verge of walking away from the project, fed up with the
wait for a young star to be found, when Edward auditioned and won the
role over 2000 other hopefuls. Before the film was even released, his
test screenings for the part were causing a Hollywood sensation, and he
was soon offered roles in HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/name/nm0000095/"
Woody Allen 's HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0116242/" Everyone
Says I Love You (1996) and HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0117318/" The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996).
Edward won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and
received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his
performance in HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0117381/" Primal
Fear (1996). In 1998, Norton gained 30 pounds of muscle and transformed
his look into that of a monstrous skinhead for his role as a violent
white supremacist in HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0120586/"
American History X (1998). This performance would earn him his second
Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor. In 1999 came the critically
acclaimed HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0137523/" Fight Club
(1999) and in 2000 came his directorial HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/SearchBios?debut" debut in HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0171433/" Keeping the Faith (2000).
Following graduation, he worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his
grandfather's company, Enterprise Foundation, which works to create
decent, affordable housing for low-income families.
On his return to New York, it took less than two years of waiting tables
before the young thespian to capture the eye of HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0016361/" Edward Albee , one of the most
celebrated playwrights of the 20th century. Albee was working with the
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