Born: February 17, 1981
Los Angeles, California
Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined a musical theater group at the young age of four and played the Scarecrow in a preschool production of The Wizard of Oz. His talent did not go unnoticed as he was approached by an agent and began appearing in several television commercial for Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes.
At age six he made his first television series debut in the show "Family Ties." He was offered a staring role on the 1991 television series "Dark Shadows" as David Collins, but unfortunately the show was short-lived. This led him to his first film role, Beethoven. At the age of 12, Gordon-Levitt was given the role of Gregory in the film Switching Parents, which was based on the true story of Gregory Kingsley, a boy who won the right to legally divorce his parents. He also starred in the Disney movie Angels in the Outfield. Joseph then went back to television staring on the "Roseanne" show from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, he played Tommy Solomon on the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun," the show that made his face most recognizable. In 1999, he stared in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, alongside famous actor Heath Ledger.
In 2009, Joseph played the lead role in the critically acclaimed film 500 Days of Summer, opposite of Zooey Deshanel, a film about the destruction of love and relationships. This cutie has won the hearts of women everywhere and has a bright future ahead of him.
He attended Columbia University but did not graduate.
He plays the guitar.
Joseph and his fellow producers were nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for their Broadway show "Slava's Snowshow."