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Before They Were Stars
He won his first major body-building titles, IFBB Mr. America, after graduating from high school and then was named Mr. Universe four years later at the age of 21, a Guinness Book of World Records feat that stands to this day. In 1974, he came in second in his first effort to win the Mr. Olympia competition. The 1977 documentary Pumping Iron chronicled his attempt to beat Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Mr. Olympia title in 1975. In 1977, he came in fourth in the first Worlds Strongest Man Contest.
After graduating from Yale, Norton went to work for his grandfathers company, Enterprise Foundation, in Osaka, Japan. The company works to make affordable housing for low-income families. Upon returning to New York, he waited tables, was a proofreader and a directors assistant he tried to become a cab driver but was too young to qualify for a hacks license for nearly two years before award-winning playwright Edward Albee (Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) noticed him at an audition for his play Fragments at the Signature Theater Company off-Broadway. Not only did Norton get the role, he also became a member of the theaters repertory company.
Winner: Its a toss-up between brain and brawn.