Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born in Los Angeles, California on February 17, 1981 to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Acting from an early age, Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his acting career by appearing in a play when he was only four-years-old, followed by an astray of commercials, including a peanut butter ad at the age of 6.
Gordon-Levitt was able to bypass the Hollywood struggle to transition from a child star to an establish adult actor by landing a major role in the alien comedy 3rd Rock From the Sun (1996) as an alien teenager. The show ran for six seasons but Gordon-Levitt chose to have his lead role turned into a guest star so he could attend Columbia University in New York City, where he would later study French literature.
After leaving Hollywood, Gordon-Levitt returned to the film capital of the world, determined to erase his past and establish himself as a serious actor. He searched for challenging, Indie roles and landed a variety of roles, including a street hustler in Mysterious Skin (2004), a teenage detective in Brick (2005), and a criminal in The Lookout (2007). Gordon-Levitt's career took off when he was cast as the lead in the independent romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer (2009), alongside Zooey Deschanel. His portrayal of a young man who falls in love with woman who doesn't believe in love, earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In 2010, the name Gordon-Levitt was gaining recognition when he joined the cast of Christopher Nolan's science fiction film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He went on to give a critically acclaimed performance in 50/50 (2011) playing Tom, a young cancer patient, alongside Seth Rogen.
Gordon-Lewitt accomplished one of his life dreams in 2012 when he was cast to play a Gotham City police officer in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Night Rises. He later worked with renowned director Steven Spielberg on the biopic Abraham Lincoln (2012), playing Lincoln's son Robert and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln. In that same year, he scored a leading role in Premium Rush (2012) and Looper (2012), in which he plays Bruce Willis' younger self.
His most recent project is the comedy Don Jon's Addiction (2013), a film about a porn-addicted Don Juan -type attempting to change his selfish tendencies. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gay?
The gay rumors surrounding Gordon-Levitt are mainly due to the fact he has taken on many gay roles in film. The Hollywood star has never publicly stated his sexual preference but it's apparent he doesn't pay much attention to the speculations, telling The Advocate in 2010: "I just do my best to ignore all that shit."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
10 Things I Hate About You co-stars, Gordon-Levitt and Julia Stiles, began dating after the two met on set. Although he was a lot younger than Stiles, the romance still prevailed.
1999 - 2002
Gordon-Levitt and actress Larisa Oleynik were together for 3 years before they broke up. Larisa is best known for her role on the TV series The Secret World of Alex Mack.
November 2008 - December 2008
Many tabloids claimed Even Rachel Wood and Gordon-Levitt were spotted hand in hand on many occasions, following Rachel's breakup with Marilyn Manson.
Rumors that Gordon-Levitt and Devon Aoki were dating started in the summer of 2010 when the two were spotted at a party together at Boa in New York City. A source told the New York Post, They were holding hands, kissing and telling everyone they were a couple."
October 2011 - Present
Rumors that Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson were dating started in October 2011, after they were spotted together in NYC.