Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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Gordon-Levitt at the London Film Festivalscreening of Don Jon, November 2013
Born
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt
February 17, 1981 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education
Van Nuys High School
Columbia University (did not graduate)
Occupation
Actor, director, writer, producer
Owner and founder ofhitRECord
Years active
1988–present
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oseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt[1] (/ˌsəf ˈɡɔrdən ˈlɛvɨt/; born February 17, 1981)[2][3] is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. As a child star, he appeared in the films A River Runs Through It, Angels in the Outfield, and 10 Things I Hate About You, and as 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 (500) Days of Summer, Inception, Hesher, 50/50,Premium Rush, The Dark Knight Rises, Brick, Looper, The Lookout, Manic, Lincoln, Mysterious Skin, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He also founded the online production companyhitRECord in 2004 and has hosted his own TV series, HitRecord on TV, since January 2014.
In 2013, Gordon-Levitt made his feature film directing and screenwriting debut with Don Jon, a comedy film 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
Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] and was raised in its Sherman Oaks neighborhood.[4] He is Jewish, from a family that is "not strictly religious";[5][6] his parents were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance.[7][8][9] His father, Dennis Levitt, was once the news director for the Pacifica Radio station, KPFK-FM.[10][11] His mother, Jane Gordon, ran for the United States Congress in California during the 1970s for the Peace and Freedom Party; she met Dennis Levitt while she was working as the program guide editor for KPFK-FM.[10] Gordon-Levitt's maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director between the 1940s and 1970s and directed the 1959 Doris Day/Rock Hudson film
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At age six, he starred in several made-for-television films. In 1991, he played both David Collins and Daniel Collins in the Dark Shadows television series.[12] During 1992–93, he played in The Powers That Be, a sitcom starring John Forsythe, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne. Also in 1992, he portrayed Gregory Kingsley in the made-for-TV film Switching Parents, based on Kingsley's real life case of "divorcing" his parents. In 1994 he appeared in the Disney film Angels in the Outfield as an orphan who sees angels. In 1996 he began playing Tommy Solomon on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. The series ran for six seasons. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that Gordon-Levitt was a "Jewish kid playing an extraterrestrial pretending to be a Jewish kid".[13] Gordon-Levitt was attending Van Nuys High School while acting on the show.[14] During the 1990s, he was frequently featured in teenage magazines, something he resented.[10] He has also said that during this time period, he did not enjoy being recognized in public, saying that he "hates celebrity".[13]

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Gordon-Levitt at a promotional event for (500) Days of Summer in March 2009

Gordon-Levitt starred in the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, and voiced Jim Hawkins in Treasure Planet (2002), a Disney adaptation of the novel Treasure Island.[15] In 2000, he began attending Columbia University School of General Studies.[10][16] He studied history, literature, and French poetry.[10] He became an avidFrancophile and a French speaker.[10] He said that moving to New York City from his hometown forced him to grow as a person.[13] He dropped out in 2004 to concentrate on acting again.[10]


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