In 2002, he starred as FBI profiler Will Graham in Brett Ratner's Red Dragon and in Spike Lee's 25th HourWhile Red Dragon received mixed reviews, it was commercially successful25th Hour was praised by critics, particularly for its examination of a post-9/11 New York City, but failed to break even.
He played himself in a cameo role in the experimental comedy show Stella.---and won critical acclaim for his role as the leper king of Jerusalem in Kingdom of Heaven--In 2006, he starred in the independent movie The Illusionist, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later became a sleeper hit when it went on general release. Norton has also done uncredited script work on some of the films he has appeared in, specifically Frida and The Score.-In 2000, he made his debut as a director with Keeping the Faith.He will also direct the film adaptation of the novel Motherless Brooklyn. Norton portrayed Marvel comics superhero The Hulk in the second movie adaptation of The Incredible H
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Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American film actor and director. In 1997, his supporting role in the courtroom drama Primal Fear garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. A year later, his lead role as a reformed neo-Nazi skinhead in American History X earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. His other films include period dramas such as The Illusionist, The Painted Veil, and Kingdom of Heaven; dramas such as 25th Hour; and other notable films such as Fight Club, and The Incredible Hulk about the muscle-bound superhero.
Aside from acting, Norton has made his directorial debut in the film Keeping the Faith and is slated to direct the film adaption of the novel, Motherless Brooklyn, set to be released in 2009. He is a member of the trustees Enterprise Community Partners board, a non-profit organization for developing affordable housing, as well as a social activist.