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Edward Norton

Highest Rated:   93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Lowest Rated:   14% Collateral Beauty (2016)
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Birthplace:   Boston, Massachusetts, USA
An actor of unusual talent, Edward Norton attained almost instant stardom with his film debut in 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 stage and screen), took him to a musical adaptation of Cinderella. Shortly after that, Norton enrolled at Orenstein's Columbia School for Theatrical Arts, making his stage debut at the age of eight in a local production of Annie Get Your Gun. Although young, Norton already exhibited an unusual amount of professionalism and took his subsequent roles seriously. After high school, he studied astronomy, history, and Japanese at Yale, and was also active in the university's theatrical productions. After earning a history degree, Norton spent a few months in Japan and then moved to New York, where he worked for the Enterprise Foundation, a group devoted to stopping urban decay. Again, Norton continued acting at every opportunity and eventually decided to become a full-time actor. In 1994, he appeared in Edward Albee's Fragments after deeply impressing the distinguished playwright during an audition. Norton then joined the New York Signature Theater Company, which frequently premieres Albee's plays. With a number of off-Broadway credits to his name, Norton won his role in Primal Fear after being chosen out of 2,100 hopefuls. He nabbed the part after telling casting directors in a flawless drawl that he was a native of eastern Kentucky, the same area where the character came from; legend has it that the actor watched Coal Miner's Daughter to learn the accent. The intensity of Norton's screen test readings stunned almost all who saw them, and the actor became something of a hot property even before the film was released. The same year, Norton was cast as Drew Barrymore's affable fiancé in Woody Allen's tribute to Hollywood musicals, Everyone Says I Love You. Like all of the other actors in the film (excepting Barrymore), Norton did his own singing, further impressing audiences and critics alike with his versatility. Then, as if two completely different films in one year weren't enough, Norton again wowed audiences that same year with his portrayal of a determined defense attorney in Milos Forman's widely acclaimed The People vs. Larry Flynt. In 1998, Norton turned in two more stellar performances. The first was as Matt Damon's low-life buddy, the appropriately named Worm, in Rounders. The fact that Norton's work was more or less overshadowed by the film's lackluster reviews was almost negligible when compared to the controversy surrounding his other major project that year, American History X. Norton's stunningly powerful portrayal of a reformed white supremacist won him an Oscar nomination, but the film itself was both a box-office disappointment and the subject of vituperative disassociation on the part of its director Tony Kaye, who insisted that Norton and the studio had edited his film beyond recognition. Despite such embittered controversy, Norton managed to emerge from the mess relatively unscathed. After serving as one of the narrators for the acclaimed documentary Out of the Past the same year, he went on to star opposite Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham C

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Isle of Dogs
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Bunker77
  • Executive Producer
2017
14% Collateral Beauty
  • Whit
$31M 2016
82% Sausage Party
  • Sammy Bagel Jr.
$97.7M 2016
No Score Yet The Guardian Brothers
  • Actor
2016
92% Birdman
  • Mike
2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Henckels
$57M 2014
No Score Yet Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet My Own Man
  • Executive Producer
2014
50% Thanks For Sharing
  • Executive Producer
$0.8M 2013
35% Salinger
  • Actor
$0.6M 2013
56% The Bourne Legacy
  • Retired Col. Eric Byer, USAF
$113.2M 2012
93% Moonrise Kingdom
  • Scout Master Ward
$45.6M 2012
No Score Yet The Apple Pushers
  • Narrator
2012
51% Stone
  • Gerald "Stone" Creeson
$1.8M 2010
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Bill Kincaid/Brady Kincaid
  • Producer
$68.5k 2010
No Score Yet Motherless Brooklyn
  • Director
  • Actor
2010
57% The Invention of Lying
  • Cop
$18.5M 2009
No Score Yet By the People: The Election of Barack Obama
  • Producer
2009
35% Pride and Glory
  • Ray Tierney
$15.8M 2008
79% Bustin' Down the Door
  • Narrator
2008
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Bruce Banner
$134.6M 2008
No Score Yet Strange Days on Planet Earth 2
  • Actor
2008
79% Jimmy Carter Man From Plains
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
74% The Painted Veil
  • Walter Fane
  • Producer
$8M 2006
74% The Illusionist
  • Eisenheim
$39.7M 2006
52% Down in the Valley
  • Harlan
  • Producer
$0.5M 2006
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • King Baldwin
$47.3M 2005
No Score Yet Strange Days on Planet Earth
  • Actor
2005
57% Dirty Work
  • Executive Producer
2004
73% The Italian Job
  • Steve
$106M 2003
78% 25th Hour
  • Producer
  • Monty Brogan
2003
76% Frida
  • Nelson Rockefeller
$25.7M 2002
69% Red Dragon
  • Will Graham
$93M 2002
42% Death to Smoochy
  • Sheldon Mopes
$8.4M 2002
73% The Score
  • Jack Teller/Brian
$70.4M 2001
69% Keeping the Faith
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Father Brian Finn
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
79% Fight Club
  • Narrator
1999
83% American History X
  • Derek Vinyard
1998
65% Rounders
  • Lester `Worm' Murphy
1998
No Score Yet Out of the Past
  • Voice of Henry Gerber
1998
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Alan Isaacman
1996
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Holden
1996
74% Primal Fear
  • Aaron Stampler
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2000
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2010
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Izzy LaFontaine
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2001

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