Edward Furlong lives in Los Angeles, California. He has a daughter named Page with Rachael Bella, with whom he is now divorced.
He was born on August 2, 1977 in Glensdale, California. His mother Eleanor worked for a youth center. His father remains unknown. Furlong has a half brother named Bob Torres. He went to Charles W. Eliot Middle School and later on Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California.
In 1990 Furlong began staying with his aunt and uncle. A custody battle ensued between Furlong’s aunt and his mother. The case was decided in favor of his mother in 1993.
Edward Furlong’s first film role was as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The film grossed over $200 million and made him a star. His performance earned him the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough role.
He also bagged the Saturn award for Best Young Actor. In an interview Furlong said he had no intention of getting into acting. He said that it was unexpected.
His films following Terminator included Before and After with Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep. He also appeared in Little Odessa and in the sequel to Pet Sematary. He later appeared in Aerosmith’s Livin on the Edge video.
He also appeared in 1995’s the Grass Harp. Edward Furlong followed this up by appearing in American History X in 1998. His first comedic role came in the movie Pecker which also came out in 1998. A year later he appeared in Detroit Rock City.
His other film credits include Animal Factory and 2001’s Knights of the Quest. He was not included in the film Terminator 3 as the role went to Nick Stahl. Instead he appeared in Metallica’s Untamed Feeling video.
He also starred in 2005’s the Crow. A year later he guest starred in CSI NY. It was the same year he starred in Jimmy and Judy (where he met future wife Rachael Bella). He is currently working on Knightshighway and an updated version of the film Night of the Demons.
Aside from the Saturn and MTV Movie Award, he won the 1994 Young Artists Award for Best Youth Actor for a Home of Our Own.
Prior to marrying Bella, Edward Furlong was involved with Jacqueline Domac whom he met on Terminator 2. He was also linked with Paris Hilton and Natasha Lyonne, whom he met while filming Detroit Rock City.
His problems with substance abuse are well known. He was arrested twice in 2001 for driving without a license and for being drunk. He has been to drug rehab centers several times. He has stated in an interview that quitting drugs was the most difficult thing he had done.
Furlong is also an ardent supporter of animal rights and a supporter of PEA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). He also recorded an album in Japan, featuring a remake of the Doors’ People are Strange.
None of Edward Furlong’s movises so far have equaled the financial success of Terminator 2. However he has been transforming himself into a more capable character actor.