Edward James Norton Jr. Date of Birth: August 18, 1969.
Place of Birth: Baltimore, MD.
Height: 6'1" Weight: 154 lb.
Education: Graduated from Yale with a degree in history.
Family History: English American; Father Edward, Sr. is
a lawyer, mother Robin (deceased) was a teacher, his grandfather, James
Rouse, was a notable architect.
Siblings: James & Molly, both younger.
Religion: Raised a Protestant.
Pets: Acat named Maggie whom he named after the character
in Tennessee Williams's play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Hobbies: Reading, Playing the guitar, photography, running,
seeing films, writing, rally racing.
Music Taste: Radiohead, Hole, Tom Waits, Elliot Smith,
Buena Vista Social Club jazz artist, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and R.E.M.
Books: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph
Conrad, J.D. Salinger, Tom Wolfe.
Languages: English, Japanese.
Quotes: On his stray tabby cat Maggie: "I came home one
day and the cat just walked into the apartment," he explains, " It was
all flea ridden and hungry so I cooked it a hot dog in the microwave,
took it to a vet and it hasn't left since." "I hate that. I hate that
thing that I'm a wasp. Like, what's a wasp? I'd rather be called a pilgrim
or Mayflower rider." "Fame is very corrosive and you have to guard very
strictly against it." "If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm
gonna have a heart attack." "Life, like poker, has an element of risk.
It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced."
Misc.: Edward is currently dating his "Frida Kahlo" costar
Salma Hayek. They've been together since 1999. He had lost a couple
of pounds for "Fight Club." His character Aaron Stampler in "Primal
Fear," which was based on a book, did not have a stutter, but when he
auditioned he gave him one. He has dated Drew Barrymore & Courtney Love.
His architect grandfather, James Rouse, is sometimes called the "inventor"
of the shopping mall because of his designs. He played a guitar with
a Los Angeles band named Hole in December 1998. He is an avid non-smoker.
He worked as a waiter in New York before being signed by famed playwright,
Richard Albee. Dedicated "Keeping the Faith" to his late mother, Robin.
He and Brad Pitt took soap making classes together while making "Fight
Club." Edward and "Rounder's" co-star Matt Damon competed in World Series
of Poker at Las Vegas on May 1998.