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EDWARD NORTON (Ray Tierney) has acted 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,” "The 25th Hour,” "The Italian Job,” "Down in the Valley,” "The Illusionist,” "The Painted Veil” and "The Incredible Hulk.”

He has been nominated for two Academy Awards®, for "Primal Fear” and "American History X,” and won a Golden Globe for the first. He has also received numerous other awards for his film performances. The film "Frida,” for which he wrote the screenplay (uncredited), was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won two. On the stage, Norton won an Obie Award in 2003 for his performance off-Broadway in "Burn This,” by Lanford Wilson.

He produced and directed "Keeping the Faith” and also produced "Down in the Valley,” a 2005 Cannes Film Festival selection, and "The Painted Veil.”

Norton also founded and runs Class 5 Films, in partnership with writer Stuart Blumberg and producer Bill Migliore. Class 5's first two features were "Down in the Valley” and "The Painted Veil.” Class 5 is currently in production on the film "Leaves of Grass,” written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson and starring Norton, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, Tim Blake Nelson and Richard Dreyfuss. Class 5 is developing adaptations of Dan O'Brien's Buffalo for the Broken Heart and Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, for which Norton is currently writing the screenplay.

Class 5's documentary productions include: "The Great Rivers Expedition,” a film made by Jim Norton for the Outdoor Life Network about an historic whitewater adventure that took place in China in 2003; and "Dirty Work,” a film by David Sampliner that premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and aired on the Sundance Channel last spring. Class 5 also collaborated with the Sea Studios Foundation on their highly acclaimed, multi-million 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.

Class 5 is currently shooting a feature-length documentary film about Barack Obama and the 2008 Presidential campaign, produced by Norton, Migliore and Blumberg and directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams.

Class 5 also formed a partnership with Brad Pitt's Plan B 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 Pitt will executive produce the series.

Apart from his film work, Norton has been on the Board of New York's Signature Theater Company since 1994. In June of that year, Signature was selected by New York's then-Governor Pataki as the theater in residence at the new World Trade Center Arts Complex.

Norton is also a committed social and environmental activist. Among his many philanthropic endeavors, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Enterprise Foundation, which works to move families up and out of poverty and transform low income communities through the development of decent, affordable housing and social service networks. He also conceived and negotiated a groundbreaking arrangement with BP Solar to provide solar power technology to low-income homeowners in Los Angeles and New York. Another of Norton's projects is the Peacemakers Fund at Yale University, which will provide travel study grants that give college undergraduates opportunities to study in the Middle East in the interests of increasing our understanding of the people and cultures of that region. Norton is also one of the founding Board members of Friends of the High Line, an advocacy group working to convert an abandoned freight rail line into a spectacular p


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