Edward Norton who was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 18, 1969, is an actor and filmmaker from the United States. He grew up in Columbia, Maryland. Edward Mower Norton Jr. is his father and he served in Vietnam as a Marine Lieutenant. After that, he became a conservation advocate and environmental lawyer working in Asia, as well as a federal prosecutor in the Carter administration.
His mother is Lydia Robinson “Robin” (née Rouse) is an English teacher but died of a brain tumor in 1997. His grandfather, James Rouse is the founder of The Rouse Company. James Rouse helping develop Maryland which is where Edward grew up.
His grandfather also helped develop Inner Harbor Baltimore, the Norfolk Waterside Festival Marketplace and Boston’s Quincy Market, as well as a Company Community Partner founded with Norton’s paternal grandmother, Patty Rouse.
Norton has two siblings named Molly and Jim who eventually collaborate professionally on his work. Norton saw his first appearance as a child with his parents at the Columbia Theater Arts Center (CCTA), where he then acted in multiple productions with CCTA and Young Columbians, under the direction of Toby Orenstein.
Edward Norton and his career in Hollywood
He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for her work in Primal Fear in 1996, American History X in 1998 and Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance in 2014.
Edward Norton also starred in other roles, such as Fight Club (1999), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), 25th Hour (2002), Red Dragon (2002), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), The Illusionist (2006), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
Edward Norton has also directed and written films including his debut as a director in the film Keeping the Faith in 2000. He has done several scripts, including The Incredible Hulk, Frida, and The Score.
Edward Norton and his work as an environmental activist
In addition to being an actor in the Hollywood world, Edward Norton is an environmental activist and is a member of the Enterprise Community Partners supervisory board. This is a nonprofit organization to develop affordable housing that was founded by his grandfather, James Rouse. Edward Norton is the president of Wild Maasai Wilderness Conservation.
He ran a Marathon in New York City in 2009 to raise funds. In addition, he also raised funds for charity through Crowdrise. Crowdrise is a social networking community for volunteers and micro-fundraising fundraising platform.
In July 2010, Norton was appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations for Biodiversity by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In the same month on July 2, 2014, Norton was elected chairman of the supervisory board for Signature Theater, a non-profit theater company in New York.
Edward Norton has been on the Signature Board on the Pershing Square Signature Centre. Pershing Square Signature Center is located at the Theater Row section of West 42nd Street in New York City. All of the things described above can be concluded that we need to care about the environment with the same effort as Edward Norton.