Born in 1981 in Los Angeles, Gordon-Levitt’s mom ran for congress and both parents founded the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Gordon-Levitt’s grandfather was a well-known movie director. His older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, also known as “Burning Dan”, died tragically in 2010.
“JGL” as he is sometimes called is good friends with Channing Tatum, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt. He currently lives in New York City and is fluent in French, and plays both the drums and guitar.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been a successfully employed actor since the age of six after being approached by an agent when he played the scarecrow in a musical production of the Wizard of Oz.
JGL’s became a household name as Tommy Solomon, the son of a sci-fi sitcom family featured in 3rd Rock from the Sun. 3rd Rock from The Sun was one of the most successful sci-fi sit coms of all time running 139 episodes from 1996 to 2001. Gordon-Levitt also credits it with making him a wealthy young man, though how wealthy is not known.
Regarding his television career Gordon-Levitt said, “I’m lucky enough, I made money on television when I was young, so I don’t have to do parts to support myself. I just do stuff because it’ll be fun and challenge me…Success is not important to me, nor are power or money. If the script feels good, then I’m in. It’s that simple. My advantage is that I know the system. Big budgets don’t impress me. They might’ve done when I was 13, but I’ve been working since I was 6.”
After a brief sting at Columbia University, Joseph Gordon-Levitt took on more serious acting roles in films. Among movie critics, he is applauded for his successful portrayals in smaller budget and independent films such as Manic and Brick. The public is more familiar with him in roles from A River Runs Through It, Dark Knight, Inception, and Looper. Godon-Levitt is also has a reputation for being extremely prolific. He has done everything from played Cobra Commander in the G.I. Joe franchise to Lincoln’s son, Robert Lincoln, in the Speilberg production about the 16th president.
Most recently he wrote, directed and was the lead actor in the film Don Jon co-starring opposite Scarlett Johansen. The screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.
Gordon Levitt has parlayed his wealth into the passion project, HitRECord (hitRECord.org) which he founded in 2000. HitRECord is a collaborative site that among other things, allows writers, filmmakers, musicians, editors, remixers, and artists to upload content and split any proceeds 50/50.