His mother was an English teacher who died of a brain tumor in 1997. His father is an attorney and former federal prosecutor under the Carter administration.
He graduated from Yale in 1991 with a B.A. in history.
At Yale he became heavily involved in theater. Actors Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti were classmates.
Following graduation he worked in Osaka, Japan for his grandfathers company, Enterprise Foundation.
He cut his acting teeth playing a series of dark, grotesque characters, quickly launching him into the spotlight, beginning with 1996's Primal Fear.
In 2000, he made his debut as a director with Keeping The Faith.
He is known for his reluctance to embrace his celebrity status and has said, " If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm gonna have a heart attack."
He has put a lot of time and money toward social activist causes, including improving the quality of living in low-income communities.
He has dated actresses Salma Hayek & Drew Barryman, and was once engaged to Courtney Love.
He is a self-proclaimed Deadhead.
He is probably most well known for playing opposite Brad Pitt in the cult favorite Fight Club.
This weeks Hump Day Hottie is ~ Edward Norton