Joseph Gordon-Levitt
American actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is an American actor and director whose career as both a child and an adult has included television and feature films. He is best known for his roles in the films (500) Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50, The Dark Knight Rises, and Looper, and for playing Tommy Solomon in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. Gordon-Levitt began his career in commercials as a child before making his film debut in Beethoven.
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Looking For Anti-Trump Protests? Here Are Dozens To Choose From.
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WATCH: Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodly Talk 'Snowden'
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Oliver Stone directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden, the story of accused spy and former NSA agent Edward Snowden. The film recently came out on DVD. I talk to the filmmaker and star, along with co-star Shailene Woodley, about the film. Watch: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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If You Still Think Hollywood Treats Men And Women Equally, Read These Two Interviews
Huffington Post - 3 months
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter released its Actor Roundtable interview, featuring Jeff Bridges, Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Andrew Garfield, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dev Patel. As an industry publication, The Hollywood Reporter publishes several different moderated roundtable discussions showcasing top talent in the lead-up to awards season: a producer roundtable, a director roundtable, a documentary roundtable, a composer roundtable, a songwriter roundtable, and, yes, an actress roundtable. Like it or not, award show categories in acting are still split by gender ― Best Actor in a Drama, Best Actress in a Comedy, and so on ― so we can presume the magazine is just following suit. Which would be fine, if it didn’t also make so apparent the difference between being a male actor in press interviews and being a female one. While the selected men were able to discuss at length how they each prepared for roles and why certain roles changed their views on life, as well as sha ...
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Seth Rogen Wore 8 Halloween Costumes In One Night And They Are All The Ideas You Need
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Any diva can tell you costume changes are crucial to the success of any event.  By that measure, Seth Rogen and his 5th annual “Hilarity for Charity” Halloween variety show knocked it out of the park. As far as we can tell, Rogen changed no less than eight times over the course of the evening, with costumes ranging from the always classic Mario to what looks like a Pika-Jew to one happy little take on Bob Ross and his iconic yet inauthentic hair. Other guests including Joseph Gordon-Levitt turned it out in festive looks of their own, but Rogen reigned supreme as the ultimate master of Halloween. Check out Rogen’s epic costumes below. Sure puts our last-minute costume of cat ears and a tail to shame, eh?  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Moderates The Most Soulful Presidential Debate Yet
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is bringing some soul to this election cycle. The actor teamed up with The Gregory Brothers for a catchy auto-tuned version of Sunday night’s second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Gotta solve my problems,” he warbles away, while he’s supposed to be moderating the contest. Debbie Harry, of Blondie fame, joined the creative minds behind “Songify the News” for a harmonious parody of the first debate. Check out Harry’s version here, and the newest clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=57fb61a7e4b068ecb5dfe91b,579c5db4e4b0693164c178ca -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Op-Docs: The Presidential Debate in Song: Who’s Gonna Work It Out?
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the Gregory Brothers team up to present a musical mashup of highlights from the second 2016 presidential debate.
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"Snowden": Love, Life and Privacy in the Time of Surveillance
Huffington Post - 5 months
Oliver Stone's excellent new film "Snowden" is a primer on life in the digital age - the perils to privacy, professionalism and the personal. Through an extended series of flashbacks in the life of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Stone shows us the impacts of global surveillance on relationships from international to interpersonal. Stone's dramatization builds around and out from Laura Poitras Academy Award winning documentary "Citizen Four." We meet Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the prison like confines of his Hong Kong hotel room, a refugee of conscience, blowing the whistle on his U.S. spy agency employers. Through a series of flashbacks, Snowden emerges a brilliant, geeky, well considered patriot from a military family. He is moved by the events of 9/11 to volunteer for Special Forces training. After breaking both legs, Snowden is forced off the active front lines into intelligence service. He eagerly joins CIA global communications at their headquarters in ...
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This Is What The Emmy Awards Looked Like In 1996
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Oh, the ‘90s. What a time it was for TV. Shows like “Friends,” “Seinfeld,” “The X-Files” and “3rd Rock From the Sun” ― starring a young, long-haired Joseph Gordon-Levitt ― were just a few of the classics ruling primetime.  To get ready for this year’s awards, which are set to air Sunday, we’re taking a virtual trip back to 1996, aka a year of spaghetti straps, tinted sunglasses (we see you, Ellen DeGeneres) and Matt LeBlanc’s leather arm cast. It was also the year when “Frasier” and “E.R.” earned top honors at the awards show, and John Lithgow, Helen Hunt Dennis Franz and Kathy Baker took home golden trophies for their outstanding acting talents.  Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks surveillance, 'Snowden'
Fox News - 5 months
Stars in Oliver Stone's new biopic
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WATCH: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks Meeting Edward Snowden in Moscow
ABC News - 5 months
The star talks to the co-hosts about playing the whistleblower in the new Oliver Stone film.
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Oliver Stone's Snowden: Toronto Film Festival From Afar
Huffington Post - 5 months
On Friday night, Oliver Stone's new movie, Snowden, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Early reviews were embargoed until then. But I can tell you, from the reaction of a tony crowd at a summer screening in East Hampton, let the award season begin with this movie. Peggy Siegal introduced Oliver Stone, providing a bit of the JFK director's resume: the 3 time Oscar winner adapted the script for Midnight Express (1978), and won for Best Picture and Best Director for Platoon (1986). His second Best Director award came for Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Stone makes important films, and his new one addresses and challenges our ideas about national security, and whether or not Edward Snowden is a hero. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the role, and Snowden is his best film. The supporting cast includes Melissa Leo as filmmaker Laura Poitras whose Citizen Four, an interview with the exiled Snowden, won an Academy Award for best documentary. Nicolas Cage is fine as a computer geek, and Sha ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    He starred as Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed film The Walk and starred as Edward Snowden in the Oliver Stone film Snowden, released in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in its Sherman Oaks neighborhood. He is Jewish, from a family that is "not strictly religious"; his parents were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. His 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; she met Dennis Levitt while she was working as the program guide editor for KPFK-FM. 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 Pillow Talk. Gordon-Levitt attended Van Nuys High School and graduated in 1999. Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theater group at the age of four and played the Scarecrow in a production of The Wizard of Oz. 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.
  • 2015
    Age 34
    In 2015, Gordon-Levitt also starred as Philippe Petit in the biographical drama The Walk, directed by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    In December 2014, Gordon-Levitt married Tasha McCauley.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son, who was born in August 2015.
    In November 2014, it was confirmed that Gordon-Levitt would play National Security Agency surveillance leaker Edward Snowden in Snowden directed by Oliver Stone.
    More Details Hide Details The film is scheduled to be released in North America on September 16, 2016 and will co-star Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson and Nicolas Cage.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    In October 2013, Gordon-Levitt identified himself as a feminist, giving credit to his mother: "My mom brought me up to be a feminist.
    More Details Hide Details She was active in the movement in the '60s and '70s. The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past. It certainly has a bad history of sexism, but it ain't all the way yet."
    In 2013, Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and starred in his screenwriting and directorial debut, Don Jon.
    More Details Hide Details The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. Following the premiere, the film was acquired by Relativity Media and Gordon-Levitt stated: "I always intended this to be a movie for a mass popular audience. Everyone told me it was a long shot... I couldn't possibly be more grateful."
    In October 2013, it was reported that he was one of the frontrunners to play the lead character for Marvel Studios's superhero film Ant-Man, which eventually went to Paul Rudd.
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    In 2013, Gordon-Levitt made his feature film directing and screenwriting debut with Don Jon, a comedy film in which he also stars.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    Also released in 2012, he played the starring role of a bicycle messenger in the action film Premium Rush; the younger version of the lead role, shared with Bruce Willis, in the time-travel thriller Looper; and the supporting role of Robert Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln.
    More Details Hide Details Gordon-Levitt played a new character, Johnny, in the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), described by the filmmakers as "a cocky gambler who disguises a darker mission to destroy his most foul enemy at his best game".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 30
    In 2011, Gordon-Levitt began filming Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, in which he played John Blake, a police officer who emerges as a key ally of Batman.
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  • 2010
    Age 29
    Gordon-Levitt's older brother, Dan, who was a photographer and fire spinner, died in 2010 at age 36.
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    In 2010, he replaced James Franco to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, which received favorable reviews.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    Gordon-Levitt's first film as director, the 24 minute-long Sparks, an adaptation of a short story by Elmore Leonard starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz, was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as part of a new program for short films.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, he directed another short film, Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo. It premiered at two houses during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. He was one of the many producers of the Broadway show Slava's Snowshow.
    He later played villain Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. On November 21, 2009, he hosted Saturday Night Live.
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    Gordon-Levitt played a lead role opposite to friend Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer, a well-received 2009 release about the deconstruction of a relationship.
    More Details Hide Details His performance, described as "the real key" to what makes the film work, credits him with using "his usual spell in subtle gradations." Varietys Todd McCarthy praised his performance, saying he "expressively alternates between enthusiasm and forlorn disappointment in the manner Jack Lemmon could". Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the movie "hits you like a blast of pure romantic oxygen" and credited both lead actors for playing "it for real, with a grasp of subtlety and feeling that goes beyond the call of breezy duty." He was subsequently nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    His 2008 and 2009 films include Stop-Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce and revolving around American soldiers returning from the Iraq War, and Killshot, in which he played a hoodlum partnered with a hired killer played by Mickey Rourke.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    His next role was in 2007's The Lookout, in which he played Chris Pratt, a janitor involved in a bank heist.
    More Details Hide Details In reviewing the film, The Philadelphia Inquirer described Gordon-Levitt as a "surprisingly formidable, and formidably surprising, leading man", while New York magazine stated that he is a "major tabula rasa actor... a minimalist", and that his character worked because he "doesn't seize the space... by what he takes away from the character." The San Francisco Chronicle specified that he "embodies, more than performs, a character's inner life."
  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 20
    Gordon-Levitt has said that he made a conscious decision to "be in good movies" after returning to acting. His films include 2001's drama Manic, which was set in a mental institution, Mysterious Skin (2004), in which he played a gay prostitute and child sexual abuse victim, and Brick (2005), a modern-day film noir set at a high school, in which he had the lead role of Brendan Frye, a teen who becomes involved in an underground drug ring while investigating a murder.
    More Details Hide Details Brick received positive reviews, with The Minnesota Dailys critic commenting that Gordon-Levitt played the character "beautifully", "true to film's style", "unfeeling but not disenchanted", and "sexy in the most ambiguous way." Another reviewer described the performance as "astounding". He also starred opposite Steve Sandvoss as a young judgmental missionary in Latter Days (2003), a film that centers on a sexually repressed Mormon missionary (Sandvoss) who falls for his gay neighbor. He had roles in Havoc and Shadowboxer.
  • 2000
    Age 19
    In 2000, he began attending Columbia University School of General Studies.
    More Details Hide Details He studied history, literature, and French poetry. He became an avid Francophile and a French speaker. He said that moving to New York City from his hometown forced him to grow as a person. He dropped out in 2004 to concentrate on acting again.
  • 1999
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 15
    In 1996, he began playing Tommy Solomon on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.
    More Details Hide Details 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". During the 1990s, he was frequently featured in teenage magazines, something he resented. He has also said that during this time period, he did not enjoy being recognized in public, saying that he "hates being a celebrity".
  • 1994
    Age 13
    In 1994, he starred in the Disney film Angels in the Outfield as an orphan who sees angels.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 11
    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.
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    During 1992–93, he played in The Powers That Be, a sitcom starring John Forsythe, as a clever young boy named Pierce Van Horne.
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  • 1991
    Age 10
    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, and appeared in the movie A River Runs Through It.
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  • 1981
    Age 0
    Born in 1981.
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