Serves as a member of the board of directors at the Enterprise Foundation in New York.
Oldest of three children.
Was considered for the role of Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999). Director Milos Forman could not decide between him and Jim Carrey and left the decision up to the studio. The studio decided to go with Carrey.
Grandfather James Rouse is also known as the "inventor"of the shopping mall.
Lost several pounds for Fight Club (1999).
Holds benefit screenings of his films mostly at The Senator Theatre in Baltimore, MD to benefit some charities that includes the Living Classroooms Foundation and the St. Frances Academy Robin Norton Scholarship Fund in honor of his late mother.
Producers of American Psycho (2000) wanted him to play Patrick Bateman.
Played "Captain" in a VH1 "Captain & Tenille" Behind the Music skit on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) with friend Drew Barrymore the night before the 1999 Oscars when he was a nominee for American History X (1998). Drew then accompanied Edward to the Oscars the day after.
Has a tabby cat named Maggie-named after the character from 'Cat in a Hot Tin Roof'
Dated Salma Hayek. [1999-2003]
Dated Courtney Love. [1996-1998]
His grandfather, James Rouse, designed the planned community Norton was born in - Columbia, Maryland.
Did NOT attend the famed 'Yale Drama School', as reported in many news paper articles. Attended Yale merely as an undergraduate.
Grew up in a planned commmunity designed by his Grandfather, James Rouse
His father, Edward Norton Sr. was an attorney for president Jimmy Carter.
As a response to the events of September 11th and the increasing conflict in the Middle East, he contributed to establish the Middle East Peacemakers Fund at Yale University.
Norton already had two Oscar nominations before he was 30.
College buddies with Ron Livingston at Yale.
Was attached at one point to star in Hart's War (2002) but walked away from the project and an $8 million salary. The role later went to Colin Farrell.
Voted International Man of the Year (2003) By British GQ Magazine
Was once attached to star as the lead in Runaway Jury (2003)
Born on the same day as Christian Slater.
Shares a birthday with Patrick Swayze, Denis Leary, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Robert Redford.
He served as Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in New York from 2001-2003. He is currently still on the board.
Shaved his head and gained 30 pounds of muscle in 3 months by drinking protein shakes, meat shakes (blended roast beef), and lifting weights non-stop for his role as Dereck Vinyard in American History X (1998).
Was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Columbia, Maryland.
Was 33 years old when he played Will Graham in Red Dragon (2002). His predecessor, William L. Petersen, was also 33 years old when he played the same role in Manhunter (1986).
He speaks Spanish
He treasures his private life and being able to live a normal life - and can't imagine not being able to take the New York subway if he gets too famous.
Stuart Blumberg, Edward's friend from his Yale college days, wrote most of what was to become the basis for Keeping the Faith (2000). Edward starred, produced, and directed the romantic comedy, but he also assisted Stuart in writing the original story.
Won a Village Voice Obie Award for his role in the Off-Broadway Show Burn This in 2003
Drew Barrymore accompanied him to the Oscar in 1999 where he was nominated for "Best Actor in a Leading Role"
"Acting? It's a longstanding compulsion I've had since I was about five or six years old. I can literally identify the moment it struck me. I went to see a play [If I Were a Princess] in which a babysitter of mine [Betsy True, who later acted on Broadway] was performing. I was completely shell-shocked by the magic of this little community-theater play; it just riveted me."
"I don't smoke and I don't want to smoke. I am not a fan of gratuitous smoking in films."
"Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced."
"If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm gonna have a heart attack."
"Fame is very corrosive and you have to guard very strictly against it."
"I've never felt any particular encroachment of the 'celebrity' stuff into my life."
"I'm an actor and, each time out, I'm trying to convince the audience that I'm this character. Every little thing that people know about you as a person impedes your ability to achieve that kind of terrific suspension of disbelief that happens when an audience goes with an actor and character [he's] playing."
"The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better."
"It's a nice position to be in; I'm lucky. At the same time, all the excitement of that has been put into stark perspective ... In some ways, the highs of it have been blunted, which in a way, is a gift."
"First of all, you never make all things for all people and can't always pander to the broadest denominator. I keep an eye toward doing the themes that interest me. Do they move me? Interest me? Make me think? When I run across something that is provocative in an unsettling way, it appeals to me."
"People wrestle sometimes making movies, and I think that conflict is a very essential thing. I think a lot of very happy productions have produced a lot of very banal movies."
"I'm not interested in making movies for everybody. I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility."
"I always felt that acting was an escape, like having the secret key to every door and permission to go into any realm and soak it up. I enjoy that free pass."
"Nobody makes me uncomfortable here. It's a place where you can be eternally anonymous." - the reason he loves living in New York City
"In fact, the United States today keeps on making the same sort of mistakes. We force those methods we think are useful on a few countries, hoping to make a few changes."
The Italian Job (2003)
25th Hour (2002)
Red Dragon (2002)
Death to Smoochy (2002)
The Score (2001)
Primal Fear (1996)