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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Gordon-Levitt in November 2013
Born
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt

February 17, 1981 (1981-02-17) (age 38)
Occupation Actor, filmmaker, singer, entrepreneur
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s)
Tasha McCauley (m. 2014)
Children 2
Relatives Michael Gordon (grandfather)

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor, filmmaker, singer, and entrepreneur.

Gordon-Levitt 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. In 2013, Gordon-Levitt 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.

Personal life

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is Jewish. Gordon-Levitt's father, Dennis Levitt, was once the news director for the Pacifica Radio station, KPFK-FM. His mother, Jane Gordon, ran for the United States Congress in California during the 1970s for the Peace and Freedom Party.

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His maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon (1909–1993), was a Hollywood film director. Gordon-Levitt had an older brother, Dan, a photographer and fire spinner who died in 2010 at the age of 36. Gordon-Levitt attended Van Nuys High School and graduated in 1999. He took a break from acting to study at Columbia University, but dropped out in 2004 to pursue acting again.

Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theater group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of The Wizard of Oz. At age six, he starred in several made-for-television films. As a child, Gordon-Levitt appeared in many films. Subsequently, he was approached by an agent and began appearing on television and in commercials for Sunny Jim peanut butter, Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes.

In December 2014, Gordon-Levitt married Tasha McCauley. Their first child, a son, was born in August 2015. Their second son was born in June 2017.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Beethoven Student No. 1
1992 River Runs Through It, AA River Runs Through It Young Norman
1994 Holy Matrimony Zeke
1994 Roadflower Rich Lerolland
1994 Angels in the Outfield Roger Bomman Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
1996 Juror, TheThe Juror Oliver Laird
1998 Sweet Jane Tony
1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later James "Jimmy" Howell
1999 10 Things I Hate About You Cameron James Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit
2000 Picking Up the Pieces Flaco
2000 Forever Lulu Martin Ellsworth
2001 Manic Lyle Jensen
2002 Treasure Planet Jim Hawkins Voice
2003 Latter Days Elder Paul Ryder
2004 Mysterious Skin Neil McCormick
2005 Brick Brendan Frye
2005 Havoc Sam
2005 Shadowboxer Dr. Don
2007 The Lookout Chris Pratt
2008 Stop-Loss Tommy Burgess
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Tim Boyle
2008 Brothers Bloom, TheThe Brothers Bloom Bar Patron Uncredited cameo
2009 Killshot Richie Nix
2009 Big Breaks Todd Sterling Short film
2009 (500) Days of Summer Tom Hansen Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
2009 Uncertainty Bobby
2009 Women in Trouble Bert Rodriguez
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Rexford "Rex" Lewis / Cobra Commander Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
2010 Hesher Hesher
2010 Morgan M. Morgansen's Date with Destiny Morgan M. Morgansen / Narrator Short film; also director and editor
2010 Elektra Luxx Bert Rodriguez
2010 Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date Morgan M. Morgansen / Narrator Short film; also director and editor
2010 Inception Arthur Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Ellen Page)
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 50/50 Adam Lerner Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Actor in a Movie
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Robin John Blake Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Premium Rush Wilee
2012 Looper Young Joe Also executive producer
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
2012 Lincoln Robert Todd Lincoln Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2013 Don Jon Jon "Don Jon" Martello Also director and writer
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Scarlett Johansson)
2014 The Wind Rises Jiro Horikoshi English dub
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Johnny
2014 The Interview Himself Uncredited cameo
2015 The Walk Philippe Petit
2015 The Night Before Ethan
2016 Snowden Edward Snowden
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Slowen Lo Voice cameo
2018 7500 Tobias Ellis Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Stranger on My Land Rounder Television film
1988 Family Ties Dougie 2 episodes
1989 Settle the Score Justin Television film
1990 Murder, She Wrote Boy No. 1 Episode: "Shear Madness"
1991 Changes Matthew "Matt" Hallam Television film
1991 Hi Honey – I'm Dead Josh Stadler Television film
1991 Plymouth Simon Television film
1991 Dark Shadows Daniel Collins / David Collins 11 episodes
1991 China Beach Archie Winslow, age 9 Episode: "Quest"
1991 Quantum Leap Kyle Episode: "Permanent Wave" (season 4)
1991 L.A. Law Rick Berg Episode: "Lose the Boss"
1992 Powers That Be, TheThe Powers That Be Pierce Van Horne 13 episodes
1993 Gregory K Gregory Kingsley Television film
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Zack Lawson Episode: "The Secret"
1993–1995 Roseanne George 4 episodes
1995 Great Elephant Escape, TheThe Great Elephant Escape Matthew Television film
1996–2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Tommy Solomon 131 episodes
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1996–1998)
1998 That '70s Show Buddy Morgan Episode: "Eric's Buddy"
2000 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Zach Episode: "Something About Harry"
2005 Numb3rs Scott Reynolds Episode: "Sacrifice"
2009
2012
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
2013 Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular Himself Television special
2014–2015 HitRecord on TV Himself (host) Also executive producer
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media — Social TV Experience
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wears a Heart T-Shirt and Blue Jeans"
2015 The Mindy Project Matt Sherman Episode: "While I Was Sleeping"
2015 The Muppets Himself Episode: "Going, Going, Gonzo"
2017 Comrade Detective Iosif Baciu (voice) 6 episodes
2018 The Comedy Central Roast Himself Episode: “Bruce Willis”

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