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Edward Norton

Actor, Producer and Director

Edward Harrison Norton  /  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. Norton first came to prominence for his début film role in the courtroom drama Primal Fear, in which he played Aaron Stampler, his performance garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was followed two years later with a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, which he was awarded for his lead role as reformed white power

skinhead Derek Vinyard in American History X.

His other performances are diverse in range and include supporting roles in the biographical drama The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), the comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1998), and the comedy-dramas Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring roles in the cult hit Fight Club (1999), 25th Hour (2002), The Illusionist (2006) and Leaves of Grass (2009) (in which he acted against himself), a rare villain turn in The Italian Job (2003) and an unrecognizable appearance in Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

In addition to acting, Norton has also directed and co-written films. His directorial début was with the romantic comedy Keeping the Faith (2000). He has also performed uncredited work on the scripts for The Score, Frida, and The Incredible Hulk.

Alongside his work in cinema, Norton is an environmental and social activist. 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. Norton is president of the American branch of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He ran in the 2009 New York City Marathon to 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. On 2 July 2014, Edward Norton was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustee to Signature Theatre, a not-for-profit theater Company in New York. Edward has been on Signature's board since 1996, and served as the co-Chair of the Capital Campaign during the building of The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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