EDWARD NORTON (Bruce Banner) has starred in the films Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, The People vs. Larry Flynt, American History X, Rounders, Fight Club, Keeping the Faith, The Score, Death to Smoochy, Frida, Red Dragon, 25th Hour, The Italian Job, Down in the Valley, The Illusionist, The Painted Veil and in 2008, Pride and Glory.
Norton has been nominated for two Academy Awards®, for Primal Fear and American History X, and won a Golden Globe along with numerous other awards for his performances. The film Frida, for which he wrote the screenplay, was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. He won the Obie Award in 2003 for his performance off-Broadway in Burn This by Lanford Wilson.
Norton produced and directed Keeping the Faith, produced Down in the Valley (Cannes Film Festival selection) and The Painted Veil, and is currently producing Leaves of Grass and adaptations of Dan O’Brien’s “Buffalo for the Broken Heart” and Jonathan Lethem’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” for which he is currently writing the screenplay.
Norton also founded and runs Class 5 Films in partnership with writer Stuart Blumberg and producer Bill Migliore. Class 5’s first two features, Down in the Valley and The Painted Veil, were released in 2006. The company’s documentary division produces nature, science and documentary films independently, including a featurelength film about Barack Obama and the American political system, currently in production.
Class 5’s documentary productions include: The Great Rivers Expedition, a film made by Jim Norton for Versus about a historic white-water adventure that took place in China in 2003; and Dirty Work, a film by David Sampliner that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel last spring. Class 5 also collaborated with the Sea Studios Foundation on their highly acclaimed, multimillion dollar series about Earth system sciences for National Geographic, Strange Days on Planet Earth, which Norton hosts and narrates, and which premiered on PBS in April 2008. This is the second installment in the series.
Class 5 also recently announced a partnership with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and National Geographic to produce an epic 10-part series for HBO based on Stephen Ambrose’s acclaimed book “Undaunted Courage” about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Norton and Brad Pitt will executive-produce the series. Norton is also a committed social and environmental activist.