->''"I always felt that acting was an escape, like having the secret key to every door and permission to go into any realm and soak it up. I enjoy that free pass."''

Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American film actor, screenwriter and director. In 1996, his supporting role in the courtroom drama ''Film/PrimalFear'' garnered him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. A year later, his lead role as a reformed white power skinhead in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' earned a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor. His other films include period dramas such as ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheIllusionist'', and ''Film/ThePaintedVeil''; and other notable films such as ''Film/{{Rounders}}'', ''Film/FightClub'', ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'', ''Film/RedDragon'', and ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''.

Aside from acting, Norton made his directorial debut with the film ''Film/KeepingTheFaith'' and is slated to direct the film adaptation of the novel ''Literature/MotherlessBrooklyn'', set to be released in 2010 (though the time has passed and lord knows [[DevelopmentHell when it will be completed]]). He is a member of the board of trustees of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit organization for developing affordable housing, as well as a social activist.

Rather famous as a DoingItForTheArt kind of actor and for occasionally [[WagTheDirector trying to take over the production of some of his films]]. He parodied this part of his personality in his Oscar-nominated role in ''Film/{{Birdman}}''.

Also, he is fluent in Japanese and has a genius-level IQ.
!!Selected works:
* ''Film/PrimalFear'' (1996)
* ''Film/EveryoneSaysILoveYou'' (1996)
* ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt'' (1996)
* ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' (1998)
* ''Film/{{Rounders}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/FightClub'' (1999)
* ''Film/KeepingTheFaith'' (2000)
* ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'' (2002)
* ''Film/TwentyFifthHour'' (2002)
* ''Film/RedDragon'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{The Italian Job|2003}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' (2005)
* ''Film/TheIllusionist'' (2006)
* ''Film/ThePaintedVeil'' (2006)
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' (2008)
* ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'' (2012)
* ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' (2012)
* ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' (2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' (2016)
* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' (2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/IsleOfDogs'' (2018)