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Edward Norton was born on August 18, 1969. He is an American actor. 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. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote: “Norton gives a performance that’s fully the equal of Gere’s – he’s as slyly self-effacing as Gere is slyly ostentatious.” Alison Macor of The Austin Chronicle, in review of the film, wrote, “Norton’s performance and the well-paced tension preceding the movie’s climactic sequence provide an entertaining if slightly predictable thriller.” Despite the mixed reviews, Norton won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. That same year, Norton played lawyer Alan Isaacman in The People vs. Larry Flynt.

In 1998, he played Derek Vinyard, a reformed neo-Nazi, in the film American History X, David Denby of The New Yorker noted that he gives Derek “ambiguous erotic allure; he’s almost appealing”. The film received positive reviews and grossed over $23 million worldwide at the box office. His performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Later, Norton starred with Matt Damon in Rounders, which follows two friends who urgently need to earn enough cash playing poker to pay off a huge debt.

In David Fincher’s 1999 film Fight Club, Norton played an unreliable narrator who feels trapped in his white-collar position. It is based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel of the same name. To prepare for the role, Norton took lessons in boxing, taekwondo and grappling. Fight Club premiered at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. During promotion for the film, he said, “I feel that Fight Club really, in a way … probed into the despair and paralysis that people feel in the face of having inherited this value system out of advertising.” The film failed to meet expectations at the box office, and received polarized reactions from film critics. However, it became a cult classic after its DVD release.

In 2002, Norton starred in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon as FBI profiler Will Graham and in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour. While Red Dragon received mixed reviews, it was commercially successful. 25th Hour was about post-9/11 New York City. In 2003, Paramount Studios forced Norton to appear in “The Italian Job” (2003) by threatening to sue him under the terms of a three-film contract he had signed. Norton accordingly refused to promote the film’s release.

Norton won critical praise for his role as Baldwin IV, the leper king of Jerusalem, in Kingdom of Heaven. Norton portrayed Marvel Comics character Bruce Banner / The Hulk in the Marvel Studios film The Incredible Hulk, released in 2008. Norton’s attempt to rewrite the film along lines of his own choosing was unsuccessful; consequently, Norton refused to promote the film. He was expected to reprise his role in the 2012 film The Avengers, but was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

In 2006, Norton starred in three films: Down in the Valley, as a dangerous drifter purporting to be a cowpoke; The Illusionist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later became a sleeper hit when it went into general release; and The Painted Veil. Norton gave award-winning performances in each one. In 2010, Norton appeared in two films again: in Leaves of Grass, as estranged identical twins (one a small-time drug dealer and the other a Harvard professor); and in Stone, which reunited Norton with his The Score cast-mate Robert De Niro, and in which Norton plauys a convict trying to con his parole officer (De Niro) into an early release.

In 2008, Norton starred in New Line Cinema’s Pride and Glory, as an honest detective assigned to investigate the precinct run by his older brother. The film was neither well received by critics nor strongly supported by the studio, and, despite also starring Colin Farrell and Jon Voight, grossed a worldwide total of only $31.1 million against a production budget of $30 million.

Norton played himself in a cameo role in the experimental comedy show Stella, and made another comedic television appearance on the Emmy award-winning ABC show Modern Family in 2010, playing a fictional member of real life ’80s new wave band Spandau Ballet. In The Bourne Legacy, he played the antagonist, Eric Byer. Norton has also done uncredited script work on some of the films in which he has appeared, including The Score and Frida. In 2000, Norton made his debut as a director on the film Keeping the Faith. He gained a reputation for being a perfectionist and managed to receive the final cut of American History X. He clashed with the director while shooting Red Dragon, as well as with the studio during the shooting of The Incredible Hulk and subsequently refused to do promotion for the latter.

In 2013, Norton starred in The Lonely Island’s music video, “Spring Break Anthem,” alongside Andy Samberg, Zach Galifinakis, James Franco, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The video premiered on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns during a segment between Galifinakis and Franco.

In 2014, Norton played Mike Shiner, a prickly Broadway actor in the black comedy film Birdman and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role. On February 20, 2014, it was announced that Norton was directing Motherless Brooklyn. In June 2014, Norton’s Class 5 Films and RatPac Entertainment acquired the film rights to the non-fiction article American Hippopotamus, by Jon Mooallem, about the meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910 and the attempts made by Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Fritz Joubert Duquesne and Congressman Robert Broussard to import hippopotamuses into the Louisiana bayous and persuade Americans to eat them. The film highlights the Burnham – Duquesne rivalry, two famous spies who had been under orders to assassinate each other. Norton, William Migliore and Brett Ratner were to produce this feature film.

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Feb 14, 2016 (ID: 13725) By Febby

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