Edward Walter Furlong is an American actor and musician. A former child star, Furlong won Saturn- and MTV Movie Awards for his breakthrough performance as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The following year he gave an Independent Spirit Award-nominated turn opposite Jeff Bridges in American Heart, and earned a second Saturn Award nomination for his work in Pet Sematary Two. He won a Young Artist Award for his performance alongside Kathy Bates in A Home of Our Own, and shared a further ensemble nomination with the cast of the film.
Furlong received acclaim for his starring roles in the 1998 motion pictures Pecker and American History X, which co-starred Edward Norton Other noteworthy titles from his early career include Little Odessa, The Grass Harp, and Before and After, also starring Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson. He reprised his role as John Connor in the international Universal Studios parks attraction T2 3-D: Battle Across Time. Furlong briefly followed a singing career, releasing a 1991 album, Hold on Tight, which was only sold in Japan.
Furlong's last significant roles were in the comedy Detroit Rock City and the crime drama Animal Factory. His career subsequently declined due to multiple arrests and court cases, and chronic substance abuse and alcoholism. Furlong played the title character in the direct-to-video horror film The Crow: Wicked Prayer. In 2011 he played a supporting role in The Green Hornet. Critic Rebecca Flint Marx in AllMovie recalled the youthful Furlong as a "young actor noted for his intense, older-than-his-years demeanor."