Environmental activist Edward Norton is asking fans to donate to a Kenyan conservation charity instead of sending him gifts to mark his birthday on Thursday (18Aug11).
The Fight Club star turned 42 today and he has been urging devotees to follow his birthday wishes and pledge money to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund to help him reach his goal of $10,000 (£6,250).
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Norton wrote, "Thanks for all the nice messages. People have been asking what I want for my birthday...", before adding a link to CrowdRise.com, the fundraising website he founded in 2009.
A message from the actor, posted on the website, reads: "My birthday is on August 18th and I've sniffed out that some friends might be looking to get me a present so I'm gonna nip that in the bud right now.
"I don't want anything. Well, that's not strictly true but I don't want any Things. Like stuff. Don't need it. Have too much.
"Here's what would make me really happy about marking another year (and a few gray hairs): Support for this fantastic organization: the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. This is an effort I've worked very hard to support for many years and that inspires me...so nothing would make me happier than having friends join me on my birthday in backing our work."
The birthday boy had raised just under $4,000 (£2,500) as WENN went to press.
Norton ran the New York City Marathon in 2009 and raised $300,000 (£187,500) for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund, which aims to protect the east African grasslands which the Maasai tribe calls home.