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Edward Norton

Edward Norton is a renowned actor and filmmaker from the United States. Edward Norton is widely recognized for his roles in movies such as “Primal Fear,” “The Illusionist,” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

Early Life

Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. His full name is Edward Harrison Norton and holds American nationality. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Leo and is currently 54 years old. He belongs to a mixed ethnicity of English- German- Scottish- Irish- Swiss descent.

Caption: Edward Norton’s childhood photo (Source: Legacy.com)

His parent’s names are Edward Mower Norton Jr. and Lydia Robinson Norton. Moreover, his father served as a marine lieutenant while his mother was an English teacher. He was raised with his two younger siblings named Molly and Jim. Since his early childhood days, he developed an interest in acting and actively participated in his high school productions.

Edward Norton – Education

He attended Wilde Lake High School and graduated in 1987. Later, he enrolled at Yale College, where he earned a BA in History. He also studied Japanese, participated in university musicals, and was a competitive rower.

Professional Career

After completing his graduation, Edward Norton worked not-for-profit as a representative for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Community Partners, in Osaka, Japan. He subsequently relocated to New York City to begin a full-time acting career.

In 1994, he was cast in a production of Edward Albee’s “Fragments” following an audition with the writer and producer, Edward Albee.

Acting Debut

He made his acting debut in the 1996 film, “Primal Fear” along with Richard Gere. His performance as a mentally unstable choirboy accused of the murder of a priest earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, he acted opposite Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy “Everyone Says I Love You,” as well as with Woody Harrelson in “The People vs. Larry Flint.”

In the 1998 film “American History X” he portrayed Derek Vinyard. The next year, he was cast along with Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s “Fight Club.” In the year 2000, he made his directorial debut with the romantic comedy “Keeping the Faith” and also played a supporting role.

Continued appearing successful career

Norton then starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in “Red Dragon” (2002), a prequel to the 1991 smash ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ He also appears in Spike Lee’s film “25th Hour” (2002). In 2002, he earned an Obie Award for his portrayal in Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.”

He played the role of Eisenheim, a magician who uses his skills to beguile the crown prince of Vienna in the 2006 film “The Illusionist.” After portraying Bruce Banner in the 2008 blockbuster movie “The Hulk,” Norton had a praised performance in the 2009 comedy-thriller “Leaves of Grass,”  playing both a button-down philosophy professor and his hedonistic marijuana-growing twin brother.

Caption: Edward Norton’s watching the screen after giving his shot (Source: Chris Klimek)

In 2010, he appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the crime drama “Stone.” He then starred in Wes Anderson’s whimsical “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012). That same year, he played a nefarious former CIA agent in the spy thriller “The Bourne Legacy.” He portrayed a police inspector in Anderson’s 2014 stylized caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

In the black comedy “Birdman,” he plays Broadway method actor Mike Shiner, who is skilled but difficult to collaborate with. Critics praised both the film and Norton’s performance. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, while Norton received his third nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Recent projects

Norton then starred in the film “Collateral Beauty” (2016), portraying a coworker of a grieving father. He later voiced a scruffy canine in Anderson’s stop-motion animated film “Isle of Dogs” (2018).

He returned to directing in 2019 with “Motherless Brooklyn,” an adaption of Jonathan Lethem’s novel about a private investigator with Tourette syndrome; he also appeared in the crime thriller and wrote the screenplay.

Then, he rejoined with Anderson for “The French Dispatch” (2021), in which he portrayed a gangster who kidnaps the son of a police officer. In 2022, he portrayed a tech billionaire in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.” He will be playing Pete Seeger in the biopic “A Complete Unknown,” directed by James Mangold.

Edward Norton – Awards

Norton has received three Oscar nominations in his career. His first nomination was for his work in ‘Primal Fear’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in 1997; his second was for his part in ‘American History X’ for ‘Best Actor’ in 1999; and his third was for ‘Birdman’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in 2015.

Caption: Edward Norton with his Golden Globe Award (Source: Pinterest)

He has won numerous awards, including ‘The Golden Globe Award’ and ‘The Boston Society of Film Critics Award’ for his performance in ‘Primal Fear’ (1996), the ‘National Board of Review Award,’ for his performance in ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ (1996), and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in ‘Birdman’ (2014).

Net Worth 2024

Being a successful actor and director, he has earned a huge sum of money. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated at around $300 million. While he earned around $50k annually through his acting roles.

Relationship Status

On November 29, 2012, Edward Norton married to Canadian film producer, Shauna Robertson. The couple dated since 2005 and got engaged in 2011. They have a son named Atlas.

Caption: Edward Norton with his wife Shauna Robertson (Source: GH Gossip)

Previously, he was engaged to his fiance Courtney Love, a musician. Edward was the one who helped Courtney cope with her depression following the passing away of her then-husband, Kurt Cobain. However, their relationship too came to an end, and the engagement was called off in 1999. He dated Mexican actress Salma Hayek for four years, from July 1999 until June 2003. Edward dated Brianna Bell.

Body Measurement

This handsome actor stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 79 kg. Moreover, he has a pair of blue eyes with dark brown hair colour, and his body measurement is 40-35-14.5 inches.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@edwardnortonofficial’ there are over 470k followers. Likewise, there are over 2 million followers on his Twitter page ‘@EdwardNorton’ and there are over 1.8 million followers on his Facebook page.