Edward Norton simply does not get the recognition he deserves. The American actor has appeared in several iconic films over the years and has been nominated for three Academy Awards. He appeared in Fight Club, American History X, The People Vs Larry Flynt, Primal Fear, 25th Hour, The Illusionist, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Kingdom Of Heaven, Frida and most notably The Incredible Hulk.
Though he is known for his work in hit movies and his work in cinema, Edward is also a social activist and an environmental activist. He is on Enterprise Community Partners’ board of trustees; the organization is a non-profit one that was founded by his grandfather – James Rouse – to develop affordable housing. Not only that, but he is also the president of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust American Branch.
Edward Norton is a shining example of socially conscious actors and actresses who use their platform to spread awareness for worthy causes. In 2009, in order to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conversation Trust, he ran in the New York City Marathon. He also uses ‘Crowdrise’ to raise money for charity, Crowdrise is a micro-donation and fundraising platform as well as a social network and online community for volunteers. He was also elected to be the chair of Signature Theatre’s board of trustees. Signature Theatre is especially noted for being a New York-based not-for-profit theatre company.
Over the years, the actor has proven that one can be socially conscious while pursuing a career in the entertainment industry and Norton has certainly been applauded for his efforts.
Edward Norton Bio & Age
Edward Harrison Norton was born on the 18th of August, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts to Edward Mower Norton and Lydia Robin Norton. Though born in Boston, he was raised in Columbia, Maryland. His father severed in Vietnam before becoming an environmental lawyer and conversation advocate. His mother was an English Teacher before she passed away from a brain tumor. His mother’s father was James Rouse, an American urban planner, real estate developer, philanthropist, and civic activist. James Rouse founded ‘The Rouse Company’ and is responsible for the development of Columbia where Edward grew up. The actor has two younger siblings – Jim and Molly – both of whom he occasionally works with professionally.
Edward and his brother, Jim, both attended Camp Pasquaney from 1981 to 1985. He won the Camp Pasquaney acting cup in 1984 and would later return to the camp but not as a camper but rather as a member of the camp’s council, directing theatre. Till this day, he maintains a connection with the camp which is located along the shores of Newfound Lake in Bristol, New Hampshire.
The actor attended Wide Lake High School and was classmates with Robert Kolker (best-selling author) and Mark Levine (New York City Council Member). He later attended Yale University where he acted in the university’s productions alongside Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston. Norton graduated from university in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in History.
Personal Relationships: Wife (Shauna Robertson)
Edward Norton proposed to Shauna Robertson in 2011 after dating for six years. The two later got married in 2012.
Shauna Robertson is a Canadian film producer best known for repeated work with Judd Apatow. She has produced many Judd Apatow-directed films including Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, and Knocked Up.
The couple has a son together – Atlas, who was born in March 2013.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Edward Norton is known to gain and lose weight depending on what his role requires. But currently, his height is listed at 6 ft (183 cm) and his weight is recorded to be 79 kg (174 pounds). His other body like Chest – 40 in (102 cm) Arms/Biceps – 14.5 in (37 cm) and Waist – 35 in (89 cm).
To keep in shape, the actor favors protein-rich diets and circuit training workouts.
The thespian currently has a total net worth of $80 million dollars. An impressive but completely expected amount considering the actor has been active since 1993. In that time, he has appeared in several commercially successful and critically acclaimed films placing him as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Interesting Facts About Edward Norton
1. In 2010, Edward was appointed by Ban Ki-moon – the UN Secretary-General – as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.
2. Some of the women he has dated in the past include Salma Hayek and Courtney Love. He was also rumored to be involved with Drew Barrymore, Evan Rachel Wood, and Cameron Diaz.
3. After graduation, he went on to work with one of his grandfather’s companies, Enterprise Community Partners, in Japan as a consultant and can speak a little Japanese as a result of this.
4. He saw his first performance when he was a child with his parents at the CCTA – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts. Edward would later grow up to perform at the CCTA himself.
5. Edward Norton also has a private pilot license.