Edward Walter Furlong was born in Glendale, California on August 2, 1977. He is the son of Eleanor Torres and an unknown father. His mother had problems supporting them and eventually gave up custody to Sean and Nancy Furlong (his aunt and uncle). His education includes Elliot Junior High School, Glendale, California and South Pasadena Junior High School, Pasadena, California. He has brown hair, brown eyes and is 5'7" tall.
He was discovered by a casting director, Mali Finn, while hanging out at the Boys Club of Pasadena. He was cast as John Conner in Terminator 2:Judgement Day. His role gave him tremedous exposure and with his new fame, his mother reentered his life and wanted her son back. The case went to court, and the court upheld Sean and Nancy's custody. Edward later (at 16) went to court to be declared legally emancipated.
He began to star in independent films starring opposite Jeff Bridges in American Heart (1992), Home Of Our Own, A (1993) with Kathy Bates, Little Odessa (1994) with Tim Roth, Grass Harp, The (1995) with Walter Matthau. He starred in the comedy Pecker (1998) and opposite Edward Norton in American History X (1998). More recently, Furlong has been opposite Willem Dafoe in the prison drama Animal Factory (2000).
Edward was in the news when he was arrested for public intoxication at a Kentucky grocery store (September 17, 2004). Furlong apparently went to the store and began to pull lobsters out of the water tanks. The PETA and animal rights activist was in town shooting a movie at the time of his arrest.
Awards and Nominations:
1999 - Nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor
in American History X (1998)
1994 - Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male in American Heart (1992)
1994 - Won a Young Artist Award for Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama
in Home of Our Own, A (1993),
Tied with Jason James Richter for Free Willy (1993)
1994 - Nominated for a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture in Home of Our Own, A (1993),
Shared with: Miles Feulner, Clarissa Lassig, Amy Sakasitz, Sarah Schaub
1992 - Won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
1992 - Won an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Former girlfriend and manager Jacqueline Domac has gone to the courts to request 15 percent of Edward's earnings for the last 3 years for abuse and breach of contract.
Arrested by West Hollywood Police in 2 separate incidents: 1) for driving without a license 2) for DUI & causing a car accident (just 4 hours after the first incident). (25 September 2001])
Eddie has modelled for labels such as Gap and Calvin Klein and has advertised for Japanese food company, Hot Noodle.
He has produced a single CD titled "Hold on Tight" in 1992, which was released only in Japan. The same year, he also released an album with the same title, also sold only in Japan. In 1999, he commented about his album, "I don´t even have the CD myself, I´m so scared of that thing."
As an Actor:
Crow: Wicked Prayer, The (2004) (pre-production) .... Jimmy Cuervo
Riders on the Storm (2003) (pre-production) .... Will
Three Blind Mice (2002) .... Thomas Cross
Cavalieri che fecero l'impresa, I (2001) .... Simon di Clarendon
... aka Knights Who Made the Enterprise, The (2001) (USA: literal English title)
Animal Factory (2000) .... Ron Decker
Detroit Rock City (1999) .... Hawk
American History X (1998) .... Danny Vinyard
Pecker (1998) .... Pecker
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996) .... John Connor
Before and After (1996) .... Jacob Ryan
Grass Harp, The (1995) .... Collin Fenwick
Little Odessa (1994) .... Reuben Shapira
Brainscan (1994) .... Michael Bower
Home of Our Own, A (1993) .... Shayne Lacey
American Heart (1992) .... Nick Kelson
Pet Sematary II (1992) .... Jeff Matthews
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991/II) (VG) (as Eddie Furlong) .... John Connor
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) .... John Connor
"Andy Dick Show, The" (2001) TV Series .... Himself (2001)
Aerosmith: Big Ones You Can Look at (1994) (V) .... Joyrider (video 'Livin' On The Edge')
T2: More than Meets the Eye (1993) .... Himself
1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV) .... Himself/Presenter
Making of 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', The (1992) (TV) .... Himself
Notable TV Guest Appearances:
"Saturday Night Live" (1975) playing "Himself" (episode # 17.6) 16 November 1991