A great performer and one of Hollywood's hottest young stars Edward Furlong has
built an imposing resume in a relatively short career, appearing in both
mainstream and independent films. He became an instant star and was critically
acclaimed for playing John Conner in the box-office hit Terminator (1991).
Because of his dazzling acting, Furlong took home a Saturn Award and a MTV Movie
Award. In 1994, he netted a Young Artist Award after delivering a significant
turn as the son of Kathy Bates in the drama A Home of Our Own (1993). Two years
before, Furlong's fine scene stealing performance in the dark independent
American Heart (1992) brought the actor a nomination at IFP Spirit Award.
The Saturn-winning actor is also remembered by his admirers portraying various
roles in films like the dark organized crime saga Little Odessa (1994, opposite
Vanessa Redgrave and Tim Roth), the drama/comedy The Grass Harp (1995, with
Walter Matthau), Barbet Schroeder's Before and After (1996, alongside Meryl
Streep and Liam Neeson), the hit comedy Pecker (1998), American History X (1998,
starring Edward Norton), Detroit Rock City (1999) and Animal Factory (2000,
opposite William Dafoe). Furlong's more recent and upcoming credits include
Venice Underground (2005), the indie Jimmy and Judy (2005), The In Between
(2005), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005), Cruel World (2005), Nice Guys (2006),
Warriors of Terra (2006), Jon Keeyes' Living & Dying (2006) and Canes (2006).
Off screen, 5' 7" inch tall Furlong was once listed as the 69th of VH1's "100
Greatest Kid Stars." An animal lover, but a former vegan, Furlong is an active
supporter of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). As for his romantic life,
Calvin Klein former model Furlong reportedly dated hotel heiress Paris Hilton in
2000, but they were no longer together. He was also linked to actress Natasha
Lyonne, whom he met while in the production of Detroit Rock City (1999). At age
16, Furlong moved in with his ex-tutor and then manager Jacqueline Domac, who
was 13 years his senior. After a five-year relationship, he left his fiancÚ to
begin a new relationship with Lyonne.
"I've always liked women. But I don't want somebody who likes me because I'm
famous. I like girls who are intelligent and who are kind of quiet like me."
Edward Furlong on women
Childhood and Family:
On August 2, 1977, Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, near Burbank,
California, to his unknown father and Eleanor Torres, a youth-center worker. His
mom remarried, to Moises Torres, but later divorced in 1989. Two years after the
separation, 14-year-old Edward went to live with his uncle and his aunt, Sean
Furlong and Nancy Tafoya, who won custody of Edward in 1991 after a long legal
battle with Edward's mom, until he was 16.
Edward Furlong, whose nickname is Eddie, was educated at South Pasadena Junior
High School, Pasadena, California and Elliot Junior High School. Acting was far
from this young guy's mind until he was spotted by a casting agent while in a
club in Pasadena.
A Home of Our Own
While living with his aunt and uncle in Pasadena, Edward Furlong captured the
attention of casting director Mali Finn in the Boys Club of Pasadena. The agent,
who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Conner in the
blockbuster hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), quickly recognized his
talents and suggested him the part. Finn was sure that Furlong could hold his
own playing opposite stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton. The result
was a wonderful since Furlong was handed two awards, including a Saturn for Best
Performance by a Younger Actor and a MTV Movie for Best Breakthrough
Performance, for his career starting role.
After the sensationally successful performance, Furlong seized an eccentric way
through Hollywood, which led to his working with several of the high-profile
persons in the business, both studio and independent movies. In 1992, he landed
his first starring role in the horror film Pet Sematary II (1992) and costarred
with Jeff Bridges in the gloomy independent American Heart (1992, received a
nomination at IFP Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor), as well as made TV
debut in the NBC pilot "Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car."
Furlong again made a name for himself on film when he was cast as Kathy Bates'
son Shayne Lacey in the 1950s set drama A Home of Our Own (1993). His
performance was critically applauded, and Furlong was awarded the 1994 Young
Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama.
More roles followed in the subsequent years. The actor made a wrong choice when
he agreed to star in the virtual reality thriller Brainscan (1994) because it
failed to find an audience. But he was back in the saddle again when director
James Gray cast Furlong in the supporting role of Reuben Shapira, a burgeoning
con man alongside such remarkables as Vanessa Redgrave and Tim Roth in the dark
organized crime saga Little Odessa (1994). In 1995, he was teamed with Walter
Matthau in the drama/comedy The Grass Harp (1995).
In 1996, Furlong gave an extra to his bothered teen image by playing accused
murderer Jacob Ryan in Barbet Schroeder's Before and After, opposite Meryl
Streep and Liam Neeson as his onscreen parents. His poignant performance on the
alternately praised and panned film added a note of credibility. The same year,
Furlong tried his hands in the fashion industry when he was recruited as a model
for Calvin Klein print advertisements.
Back to filmmaking in 1998, Furlong showed off his versatilities by venturing
into comedy genre with the title role of young photographer in Pecker (1998).
Helmed by John Waters, the movie was well-received by audiences and became a
hit. Also that same year, he was memorable as the younger brother of Edward
Norton's redeemed neo-Nazi character in the controversial American History X
(1998). He stepped back to the comedy territory when he starred as a dedicated
KISS admirer named Hawk in the 70s-era teen comedy Detroit Rock City (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Furlong kept on busy with his film projects. In the
powerful prison drama Animal Factory (2000), he landed the desirable role
opposite William Dafoe, as Ron Decker, a law student that has been mistakenly
accused of trafficking cocaine resulting in a tough prison sentence in an
extremely violent prison. The Steve Buscemi-directed film was followed by The
Knights Who Made the Enterprise (2001) and 3 Blind Mice (2003). After a one-year
hiatus, Furlong made his way back to film in 2005 by having five movies under
his belts, including Venice Underground (2005), the indie Jimmy and Judy (2005),
The In Between (2005), The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) and Cruel World (2005).
Recently costarring opposite Martin Donovan in the thriller The Visitation
(2006), Furlong will soon appear in the comedy Nice Guys (2006) and is scheduled
to star in such horror movies as Warriors of Terra (2006) for Robert Wilson, Jon
Keeyes' Living & Dying (2006) and Canes (2006).
Young Artist: Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama, A
Home of Our Own, 1994
MTV Movie: Best Breakthrough Performance, Terminator 2: Judgment Day,
Saturn: Best Performance by a Younger Actor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day,