An actor of unusual talent, Edward Norton attained almost instant stardom with his film debut 1996’s Primal Fear. For his thoroughly chilling breakthrough performance as a Kentucky altar boy accused of murder, Norton was credited with saving an otherwise mediocre film and further rewarded with Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Remarkably disconnected from all of the hype that is usually associated with fresh talent, Norton has gone on to further prove his worth in such films as American History X, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Fight Club.
The son of a former Carter Administration federal prosecutor and an English teacher, as well as the grandson of famed developer James Rouse, Norton was born in Boston on August 18, 1969. He was raised in the planned community of Columbia, MD, and from an early age was known as an extremely bright and somewhat serious person. His interest in acting began at the age of five when his babysitter, Betsy True (who went on to become an actress on… read more
This guy makes any bad film look good! Well, except The Invention of Lying. His reason for appearing in a sadass role in that sadass film is beyond me.
Why isn't this guy in good movies anymore? He was on his way to becoming one of the best actors of his generation and a real star. He hasn't been in a really good movie for almost ten years now, though. It's sad.