Born Today: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon

Born on 17 February, 1981 in Los Angeles California, Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is a popular American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He turns 34 today.

Gordon’s maternal grandfather was in the show business, who worked as a film director in Hollywood between the 1940s and 1970s, while both his parents were associated with the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM.

Joseph started his acting career at a young age and during the early years of his career; he appeared with John Lithgow and Jane Curtin in the famous Television Series that won 2 Golden Globes; “3rd Rock From the Sun” (1996). After establishing himself as an actor on TV, Gordon appeared in a number of films in the 1990s. Some of them are:

Brad Pitt starrer, “A River Runs Through It” (1992) in which Joseph played the role of “Young Norman”, the older version of the character played by Craig Sheffer, “Angels in the Outfield” (1994), “The Juror” (1996) in which Gordon appeared with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, in the famous “10 Things I hate about you” (1999), Joseph acted alongside Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

During this time, Gordon not only appeared in movies but also acted in TV series. However, it was during this time that Gordon started to attend Columbia University to study French, History and Literature but he could not continue it and dropped out in the year 2004, to start acting again.

In 2001, Joseph first appeared with Zoey Deschanel in a movie called “Manic”, eight years later, the two got together again to appear in the hit Rom-Com movie called “500 (Days of Summer)” (2009). This movie got nominated for two Golden Globe awards and many others.

In the next year, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave one of his career’s major hit “Inception” (2010). The movie which also included Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy, won 4 Academy Awards and countless other awards. In 2011, Gordon played the lead role of a cancer patient in “50/50” and got nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor category.

In 2012, Gordon acted along Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway in Christopher Nolan’s major blockbuster, “The Dark Knight Rises”. In the same year he appeared in 2 times Oscar winner, Lincoln.

Joseph is all set to play Edward Snowden in an upcoming movie. Apart from that, he setup “hitRECord” that is a “collaborative production company” which involves a range of artists, filmmakers, singer and others.

In December, 2014 Gordon-Levitt tied the knot with Tasha McCauley, who is speculated to be an executive at a robotics company.

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