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Edward Norton is an actor, filmmaker, and environmental and social activist. He was nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in Primal Fear, American History X, and Birdman. He co-wrote and directed Keeping the Faith.


Edward Harrison Norton was born in 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Columbia, Maryland with a younger sister and brother. From 1981 until 1985 he attended a camp, Camp Pasquaney, in Bristol, New Hampshire. He won an acting cup at camp and returned to direct theater there for two years. He graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1987. He then attended Yale University and acted in University productions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1991.


After graduation, he moved to Japan to work for his grandfather’s company, Enterprise Community Partners. He next moved to New York City and starred in Off-Broadway theater productions. Edward made his film debut in Primal Fear. In addition to his Academy Award nomination, he won a Golden Globe Award for this role. He has since appeared in many successful films. He has starred in multiple films and appeared in some television roles. In 2000, he directed the film Keeping the Faith. He has appeared in a music video and has continued to act and direct as well.


Edward married Canadian film producer Shauna Robertson in 2012. They had a son in 2013. Today, Edward is a member of the Board of Trustees for Enterprise Community Partners, which is a non-profit developer of affordable housing. He also works for environmental and renewable energy projects.


Edward’s time and money supports many social activist programs. Causes include improving the quality of living in low-income communities. He also participated in 2008’s Fast Company about green affordable housing. He has raised money for the United Way and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. He has, also, supported African Wildlife Foundation and serves as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. He is a spokesperson for the Convention on Biological Diversity and raised money for other causes.


Edward Norton’s work has been plentiful. His awards and accolades have been plentiful as well. He has done a lot on behalf of others and the environment. Be green! Be inspired! Have a bright day!

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