Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. He has starred in Days of Summer, Inception, Hesher, 5050, Premium Rush, Miracle at St. Anna, The Brothers Bloom, The Dark Knight Rises, Brick, Looper, The Lookout, Manic, Lincoln, and G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
About Joseph Gordon-Levitt in brief
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur. As a child, he appeared in the films A River Runs Through It, Angels in the Outfield, Holy Matrimony, and 10 Things I Hate About You. He played the role of Tommy Solomon in the TV series 3rd Rock from the Sun. He took a break from acting to study at Columbia University, but dropped out in 2004 to pursue acting again. He has since starred in Days of Summer, Inception, Hesher, 5050, Premium Rush, Miracle at St. Anna, The Brothers Bloom, The Dark Knight Rises, Brick, Looper, The Lookout, Manic, Lincoln, Mysterious Skin, and G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He also founded the online production company HitRecord in 2004 and has hosted his own TV series, HitRecord on TV since January 2014, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Social TV Experience in the same year. He portrayed Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film The Walk and whistleblower Edward Snowden in the Oliver Stone film Snowden.
He is Jewish, from a family that is not strictly religious; his parents were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. His maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director. He had an older brother, Dan, a photographer and fire spinner who died in 2010 at the age of 36. His mother, Jane Gordon, ran for the United States Congress in California during the 1970s for the Peace and Freedom Party. His father, Dennis Levitt, was once the news director for the Pacifica Radio station, KPFK-FM. He attended Van Nuys High School and graduated in 1999. He studied history, literature, French and poetry. He said that moving to New York from his hometown forced him to grow as a person. He became an avid Francophile and spoke French as a French speaker and speaker at a conference in New York City. He made his feature film directing and screenwriting debut with Don Jon in which he also stars. He previously directed and edited two short films, both of which were released in 2010: Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny and Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo.