Edward Harrison Norton is an American film actor, screenwriter and director. In 1996, his supporting role in the courtroom drama Primal Fear 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 American History X earned a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor. His other films include period dramas such as Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, and The Painted Veil; and other notable films such as Rounders, Fight Club, Twenty Fifth Hour, Red Dragon, and The Incredible Hulk.
Aside from acting, Norton made his directorial debut with the film Keeping the Faith and is slated to direct the film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn, set to be released in 2010 (though the time has passed and lord knows when it will come out). 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.
Also, he is fluent in Japanese and has a genius-level IQ.