Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor and filmmaker.
He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear (1996), American History X (1998) and Birdman (2014).
probed into the despair and paralysis that people feel in the face of having inherited this value system out of advertising." In 2003, Paramount Studios forced Norton to star 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.
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.