Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor and filmmaker. Raised in Columbia, Maryland, Norton aspired to be an actor in his childhood years thanks to his fascination with theatrical productions he saw at local venues. After graduating from Yale University in 1991, Norton worked for a few months in Japan before relocating to New York City to pursue an acting career. He gained immediate recognition for his debut in Primal Fear (1996), which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination in the same category. His role as a reformed neo-Nazi in 1998's American History X earned him a second Academy nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the film Fight Club (1999), which has garnered a cult following.