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Edward Norton the Actor and the Man

Updated on January 1, 2013

All About Norton the Man and the Actor!

Wow!! What an actor! I really started to notice Edward Norton from Fight Club and then followed it up with American History X. Which I had waited to watch the movie American History X simply because I figured it would be a very bad controversial movie. But with a great surprise it ended up being a real eye opener and great acting skills from the entire crew! Then I went back and started looking up the movies that he had been in and bought as many of them as I could afford. Not once had I realized just how many movies Edward had been an actor in. I watched them all and wanted more! He truly makes you believe he is the part that he is playing and does not make you think for a second that you are watching an actor play the part! You think that he is the person in the movie and he makes the person he is playing come to life. Edward makes you believe it is the real deal!

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About the actor

Who is Edward Harrison Norton

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Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969

is an American film actor, screenwriter and director. In 1996, his supporting role in the courtroom drama Primal Fear garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. A year later, his lead role as a reformed neo-Nazi skinhead in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

His other films include period dramas such as The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, and Kingdom of Heaven; dramas such as 25th Hour; and other notable films such as Fight Club,and The Incredible Hulk.

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Aside from acting, Norton made his directorial debut with the film Keeping The Faith and is slated to direct the film adaption to the novel, Motherless Brooklynn, set to be released in 2009. He is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization for developing affordable housing, as well as a social activist.

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Biography

Early Life

Edward Norton was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. His mother, Robin (née Rouse), an English teacher, died of a brain tumor in 1997; his father, Edward James Norton, Sr., is an environmental lawyer and conservation advocate working in Asia, as well as a former federal prosecutor under the Carter administration. His maternal grandfather was the developer James W. Rouse (founder of The Rouse Company), who developed the city of Columbia, Maryland (where Norton grew up), helped develop Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Norfolk's Waterside Festival Marketplace, and Boston's Quincy Market, as well as co-founded the Enterprise Foundation with Norton's maternal step grandmother, Patty Rouse. Norton has two younger siblings-Molly and Jim, with whom he has professionally collaborated.

From 1981-1985, along with his brother, he attended Camp Pasquaney, on the shores of Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire.There, he won the acting cup in 1984 and later returned to the camp's council for two years, directing theater. He maintains close connections with the camp. Norton graduated from Columbia's Wilde Lake High School in 1987. He attended Yale University, where he acted in university productions alongside Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti, graduating in 1991 with a BA in History. Following graduation, Norton worked in Osaka, Japan, consulting for his grandfather's company, Enterprise Foundation. Norton can speak some Japanese. He appeared in an ESL textbook, Only in America, used by Nova, a formerly major English language school.

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Career

Norton moved to New York City and began his acting career in off-Broadway theater, breaking through with his 1993 involvement in Edward Albee's Fragments at the Signature Theatre Company. His first major film was 1996's Primal Fear. In the film, he took on the role of Aaron Stampler, a sociopathic young man accused of a brutal murder, for which he won a Golden Globe and a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1998, his portrayal of a reformed neo-Nazi in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was also critically acclaimed for his role as a card shark in 1998's Rounders. He packed on 30 pounds (15 kg) of muscle for his role in American History X but did not maintain the physique after production. One of his more widely known roles is his performance in the adaptation of the cult novel Fight Club by director David Fincher, which co-starred Brad Pitt and elena Bonham Carter, and has been credited as a factor in expanding Norton's fan base.

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Edward Nortons Movie List - What movies has Edward Norton been in?

Edward Norton with Drew Barrymore in Groucho Marx costumes
Edward Norton with Drew Barrymore in Groucho Marx costumes

Well, Edward is a very talented actor and has been in many movies. He has also been in movies you have never even heard of and movies you have already seen and didn't know he was in them. This is a list of all the ones that I can think that he has been in for you to take a look at. These are the new and the old!

1. Undaunted Courage

2. National Geographic Strange Days on Planet Earth

3. Motherless Brooklyn

4. Fear Itself

5. A Soldier of the Great War

6. Buffalo for the Broken Heart

7. Dirty Work

8. "Burn This"

9. Stone

10. Leaves of Grass

11. By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

12. State of Play

13. Pride and Glory

14. Incredible Hulk

15. Painted Veil

16. The Illusionist

17. Down in the Valley

18. Kingdom of Heaven

19. The Italian Job

20. 25th Hour

21. Red Dragon

22. Frida

23. Death to Smoochy

24. The Score

25. Keeping the Faith

26. Fight Club

27. Rounders (1998)

28. American History X (1998)

29. People vs Larry Flynt (1996)

30. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

31. Primal Fear (1996)

Edward Norton in Seattle on a ferry with friends at an early age!

Edward Norton in Seattle on a ferry with friends at an early age!
Edward Norton in Seattle on a ferry with friends at an early age!

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In 2002, he starred as FBI profiler Will Graham in Brett Ratner's Red Dragon and in Spike Lee's 25th Hour.

While Red Dragon received mixed reviews, it was commercially successful. 25th Hour was praised by critics, particularly for its examination of a post-9/11 New York City, but failed to break even.

He played himself in a cameo role in the experimental comedy show Stella, and won critical acclaim for his role as the leper king of Jerusalem in Kingdom of Heaven. In 2006, he starred in the independent movie The Illusionist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later became a sleeper hit when it went into general release. Norton has also done uncredited script work on some of the films he has appeared in, specifically Friday and The Score. In 2000, he made his debut as a director with Keeping the Faith. He will also direct the film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn. Norton portrayed Marvel comics superhero The Hulk in the second movie adaptation of The Incredible Hulk, released in 2008.

Pride and Glory

Pride and Glory
Pride and Glory

FIGHT CLUB PIC

Marla Singer and The Narrator

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Fight Club after fight with himself

 

Edward Hopper and the American Imagination
Edward Hopper and the American Imagination

A remarkable collection of Edward Hopper's most important paintings and original stories and poems by prominent contemporary writers. This volume includes fifty-nine of Hopper's most important works in full color, as well as original works by thirteen renowned fiction writers and poets that pay homage to, or make reference to, the ways in which Hopper pictured our world. The contributors include Paul Auster, Anne Beattie, Tess Gallagher, Thom Gunn, John Hollander, William Kennedy, Galway Kinnell, Ann Lauterbach, Norman Mailer, Leonard Michaels, Walter Mosley, Grace Paley, and James Salter. Also featured is an essay by art historian Dr. Gail Levin. Hopper's themes of alienation and loneliness, empty cityscapes and countrysides, the stark light of Cape Cod, silent hills and housesall have been indelibly imprinted on our collective sense of ourselves and our country. This work celebrates the impact Hopper's imagery continues to have on contemporary culture and is dedicated to a fuller understanding of Hopper's place in the American mind.

 
First Impressions: Sketching Nature in Watercolor
First Impressions: Sketching Nature in Watercolor

Focusing on simple and swift sketching techniques, the purpose of this text is to enable any artist to visualize a natural landscape before putting brush to paper. Sections on finding subjects and designing compositions are followed by demonstrations of how to paint certain subjects.

 
The Complete Watercolors of Edward Hopper
The Complete Watercolors of Edward Hopper

The complete watercolors of arguably America's best and probably America's most "American" artist. This magnificent volume reproduces all of Hopper's 357 watercolor paintings. They were first published in the four-volume catalogue raisonne of the artist's works. Now they are offered at a price that will make them attractive to anyone seriously interested in art. Hopper was comfortable in both oil and watercolor, although his technique with each medium varied considerably. While oils were done in the studio, often from detailed sketches with notations on colors, the watercolors were painted on location and seem far more spontaneous. In the years since Hopper's death in 1967, many of his paintings have achieved iconographic status as statements about this country. His empty cityscapes and countrysides speak of our sense of loneliness and alienation, while his fascination with the light on Cape Cod and the buildings in Gloucester result in the evocation of feelings that can only be described as uniquely American. 350 color plates, with notes and annotations by Gail Levin. Published in association with the Whitney Museum of Art.

 

Hulk 2 (Edward made this movie better than the first)

Hulk 2 (Edward made this movie better than the first)
Hulk 2 (Edward made this movie better than the first)

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      He is a great actor!! Nice lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Very nice ... I like Edward Norton a lot.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I do like Edward Norton's acting abilities, especially in Fight Club and American History X, and he was awesome in Primal Fear.

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      Nimblepins 6 years ago

      I like him too! great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good job. I do like him as an actor. Thanks for the lens.

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      Great actor, great lens. Fight Club is one of the best films ever made in my opinion. Check out some more great actors and films at www.squidoo.com/fivegreatestfilms

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      Fatih LM 7 years ago

      Love this guy. Thanks for the lens it is terrific.

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