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Also Known As: Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt Died:
Born: February 17, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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A refreshing antidote to the common Hollywood tale of child actors gone bad, Joseph Gordon-Levitt survived his teen years on a top-rated sitcom and successfully reinvented himself as a formidable adult actor in a string of critically acclaimed independent features. The popular fish-out-of-water sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001) brought Gordon-Levitt his initial fame, and over five years he earned multiple award nominations for his portrayal of an adult alien leader trapped in the body of a powerless suburban teen. Gordon-Levitt acquiesced to a few teen-oriented movies like "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), but seamlessly transformed into a well-regarded indie film actor with the dark dramas "Mysterious Skin" (2004) and "The Lookout" (2007), as well as the charming "(500) Days of Summer" (2009) and such mainstream fare as "Inception" (2010) and "50/50" (2011). Clearly committed to his craft and willing to take chances, Gordon-Levitt's subtle charm and formidable talent made him one of the most in-demand actors of his generation.

A refreshing antidote to the common Hollywood tale of child actors gone bad, Joseph Gordon-Levitt survived his teen years on a top-rated sitcom and successfully reinvented himself as a formidable adult actor in a string of critically acclaimed independent features. The popular fish-out-of-water sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001) brought Gordon-Levitt his initial fame, and over five years he earned multiple award nominations for his portrayal of an adult alien leader trapped in the body of a powerless suburban teen. Gordon-Levitt acquiesced to a few teen-oriented movies like "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999), but seamlessly transformed into a well-regarded indie film actor with the dark dramas "Mysterious Skin" (2004) and "The Lookout" (2007), as well as the charming "(500) Days of Summer" (2009) and such mainstream fare as "Inception" (2010) and "50/50" (2011). Clearly committed to his craft and willing to take chances, Gordon-Levitt's subtle charm and formidable talent made him one of the most in-demand actors of his generation.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Don Jon (2013)

CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Don Jon (2013)
4.
 Lincoln (2012)
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 Premium Rush (2012)
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 50/50 (2011)
8.
 Hesher (2010)
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 Inception (2010)
10.
 Elektra Luxx (2010)
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Joined a musical theater group at age four and played the scarecrow in a production of "The Wizard of Oz"
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Began appearing in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs and Pop-Tarts
1988:
Made television debut on an episode of "Family Ties" (NBC)
1991:
Landed TV series debut as David Collins in "Dark Shadows" (NBC)
1992:
Had a bit part in the family film "Beethoven"
1992:
Played a young Norman in Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It"
1993:
Cast as regular on NBC sitcom "The Powers That Be"
1994:
First leading role in a feature, "Angels in the Outfield"
1994:
Had recurring role as George on "Roseanne" (ABC)
1996:
Co-starred as Demi Moore's son in "The Juror"
1996:
Played Tommy Solomon on the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock from the Son"
1999:
Co-starred in the above-par teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You"
2001:
Replaced Gale Harold in the off-Broadway production of "Uncle Bob"
2002:
Voiced the character Jim Hawkins in the animated feature "Treasure Island"
2005:
Played a a teenage hustler in the drama "Mysterious Skin"
2006:
Played a teen who becomes involved in an underground drug ring in the teenage film noir "Brick"
2006:
Appeared in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"
2007:
Played a disabled janitor who gets caught up with bank robbers in "The Lookout"
2008:
Featured in the Iraq war drama "Stop-Loss," directed by Kimberly Peirce
2009:
Co-starred with Zooey Deschanel in the romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer"
2009:
Played multiple roles, including Cobra Commander, in the live-action film "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2010:
Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller "Inception"
2011:
Portrayed a young man diagnosed with cancer opposite Seth Rogen in "50/50"
2012:
Re-teamed with director Christopher Nolan in "The Dark Knight Rises"; played police officer John Blake
2012:
Starred in the action thriller "Premium Rush"
2012:
Played a futuristic hit man opposite Bruce Willis in "Looper"
2012:
Portrayed the president's son Robert Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
2013:
Starred in "Don Jon," which he wrote and directed
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -

Notes

"It's fascinating to watch a show develop from a script to a 22-minute comedy. I try to learn as much, and ask as many questions, as I can without being annoying." -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt to The Hollywood Reporter, November 7, 1995.

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companion:
Julia Stiles. Actor. Met during filming of "10 Things I Hate About You"; dating since c. 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Dennis Levitt.
mother:
Jane Levitt.

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