Edward Norton is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. Let’s see some awesome facts and trivia about him!
1.Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Columbia, Maryland.
2. His father, Edward Mower Norton Jr., served in Vietnam as a Marine lieutenant and was later an environmental lawyer and conservation advocate working in Asia, as well as a former federal prosecutor in the Carter administration.
3. His mother, Lydia Robinson “Robin” (née Rouse), a teacher of English, died of a brain tumor in 1997.
4. His maternal grandfather, James Rouse, was the founder of The Rouse Company, who developed the city of Columbia, Maryland (where Norton grew up), helped develop Baltimore’sInner Harbor, Norfolk’s Waterside Festival Marketplace and Boston’s Quincy Market, as well as co-founded Enterprise Community Partners with Norton’s maternal step-grandmother, Patty Rouse.
5. Edward Norton has two younger siblings—Molly and Jim, with whom he has professionally collaborated.
6. From 1981 to 1985, along with his brother, Norton attended Camp Pasquaney on the shores of Newfound Lake in Bristol, New Hampshire, where he won the acting cup in 1984; he returned to the camp’s council for two years by directing theater, and maintains close connections with the camp.
7. Edward Norton was raised Episcopalian.
8. He graduated in 1987 from Columbia’s Wilde Lake High School, where his classmates included New York City Council member Mark Levine. and best-selling author Robert Kolker.
9. He attended Yale University, where he was a competitive rower and acted in university productions alongside Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
10. After graduation, Norton worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Community Partners, and speaks some Japanese.
11. He appeared in an EFL textbook, Only in America, used by Nova, a formerly major English language school in Japan.
12. He moved to New York City to star in the Off-Broadway theater, breaking through with his 1993 involvement in Edward Albee’s Fragments, at the Signature Theatre Company.
13. In his film debut Primal Fear, Norton played Aaron Stampler, an altar boy charged with the murder of a Roman Catholic Archbishop who is defended by Martin Vail (Richard Gere). The film is an adaptation of William Diehl’s novel.
14. After six years of dating, Norton proposed to Canadian film producer Shauna Robertson in 2011 and they married in 2012.
15. They have one son, Atlas (born March 18, 2013).
16. Edward Norton is generally known for his reluctance to embrace his celebrity status and says, “If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I’m gonna have a heart attack.
17. Edward Norton has stated in interviews that he is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and was involved in many of Cal Ripken Jr.’s retirement activities in 2001 when he was asked to be a part of Ripken’s biography for Major League Baseball (MLB).
18. Edward Norton has a private pilot license and discussed his flight training when interviewed on episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman and Inside the Actor’s Studio.
19. One of his personal aircraft was a Cessna 206 substantially modified by the AOPA.
20. Edwars Norton is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit developer of affordable housing based in his hometown. He is also well known for his support for environmental causes and renewable energy projects, such as Enterprise’s Green Communities Initiative and BP’s Solar Neighbors program.
21. He also put time and money toward social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities.
22. In addition to his involvement with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Norton supports African Wildlife Foundation, appearing in a public awareness ad about the dangers of buying elephant ivory as part of the “Say No” campaign.
23. In May 2010, Norton launched a website called Crowdrise, which uses a social networking platform to help raise funds for charity.
24. In May 2012, Norton played football for an ‘England vs. The Rest of the World’ match the charity event Soccer Aid, along with James McAvoy and Woody Harrelson. The event eventually raised over £4,000,000 for UNICEF UK.
25. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear (1996), American History X(1998) and Birdman (2014).
26. He also starred in other roles, such as Everyone Says I Love You (1996), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Fight Club (1999), Red Dragon (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Illusionist (2006), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
27. He has also directed and co-written films, including his directorial debut, Keeping the Faith (2000).
28. He has done uncredited work on the scripts for The Score, Frida and The Incredible Hulk.