About Edward Norton
Edward Norton has starred in the films Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs. Larry Flynt, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Death to Smoochy, Frida, Red Dragon and The 25th Hour.
He has been nominated for two Academy Awards, for Primal Fear and American History X and won a Golden Globe along with numerous other awards for his performances. The film Frida, for which he wrote an uncredited screenplay, was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two. He recently won the Obie Award for his performance Off-Broadway in Burn This, by Lanford Wilson.
He produced and directed the film Keeping the Faith and is currently producing five other films including adaptations of Mark Helprin's A Soldier of the Great War, Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil and Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn for which he is currently writing the screenplay.
Norton also recently created Class 5 Films in partnership with his brother Jim Norton, writer Stuart Blumberg and producer Bill Migliore. Class 5's feature division will produce films through a first look deal with Universal Pictures and the documentary division will produce nature and science films. Class 5's first documentary production is a film for the Outdoor Life Network, The Great Rivers Expedition, about an historic whitewater adventure that took place in China last winter. Class 5 has collaborated with Sea Studios Foundation on their multi-million dollar series about Earth System Sciences for National Geographic, Strange Days on Planet Earth, in which Norton serves as host and narrator.
Norton is also a committed social and environmental activist. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Enterprise Foundation, which works to move families up and out of poverty and transform low-income communities through the development of decent affordable housing and social service networks. In addition, he recently conceived and negotiated a groundbreaking arrangement with a solar energy company to provide solar power technology to low-income homeowners in Los Angeles. Through the Solar Neighbors program, each time a celebrity or public figure buys a home solar system, the solar energy company will donate a full system to a low-income family, eliminating most or all of their electricity costs for as long as they own their home. The energy company has already committed to donate 25 systems and has plans to significantly expand the program.
Another of Norton's recent projects is the Peacemakers Fund at Yale University. As a response to the events of September 11th and the increasing conflict in the Middle East, Norton contributed to establish a fund that will provide travel study grants that give college undergraduates opportunities to study in the Middle East.
Norton has been on the Board of New York's Signature Theater Company since 1994 and is also on the Board of Friends of the High Line, an advocacy group working to convert an abandoned freight rail line into a unique and spectacular park.
In addition to these efforts, Norton is a major financial supporter of the Nature Conservancy's Yunnan Great Rivers conservation project, the Grand Canyon Trust, EarthJustice, the Wilderness Society, the Southern Center for Human Rights, American Museum of Natural History, Credit Where Credit is Due, the American Visionary Arts Museum and the Johns Hopkins Neuro-Oncology Research Lab.