Actor of the Week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jess April 2, 2012 2
Actor of the Week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

From the lovable “Tommy” on 3rd Rock from the Sun to the dashingly handsome “Tom” in 500 Days of Summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a posh, quirky, and endearing charmer who never fails to deliver his raw, natural talent.

As a young Jewish boy in Los Angeles, CA, Gordon-Levitt immediately began acting. After acting in small theaters and commercial gigs, the youngster signed on to the early 90′s TV series, Dark Shadows. After a few other small made-for-television movies, he nabbed a lead role on the big screen, in Disney’s timeless, Angels in the Outfield. The remake of the original 1951 film gave us a glimpse of the stellar performances we would soon see from Gordon-Levitt’s career. As an young foster child, he played a hopeful and lovable main character alongside Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover and Tony Danza. Even in his pre-pubescent years, Gordon-Levitt showed promise as an audience-captivating baseball fanatic.

Following Outfield, Gordon-Levitt soon proved his staying power as main character on the popular TV hit, 3rd Rock from the Sun. Through six seasons of hilarity and shenanigans, the actor earned an image of the nerdy-nice guy. Alongside superstars John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Jane Curtin and Wayne Knight, Gordon-Levitt was bound to learn the tricks of the trade.

After filming for 3rd Rock from the Sun wrapped up, Gordon-Levitt decided to go back to school, enrolling in Columbia University in 2000. After a brief stint in college studying french poetry, he dropped out to return to acting.

In his return to the acting world, Gordon-Levitt began a string of provocative and dark films that relied on his controlled acting mixed with exquisite plots for their positive reviews. In 2005, he starred in Brick, as a teenage-loner entering his high school’s drug ring. The Sundance Film Festival quickly reminded people what an astounding actor Gordon-Levitt really was. In his next film, 2007′s The Lookout, Gordon-Levitt worked with writer/director Scott Frank, best known for directing Out of Sight and Get Shorty. Although this crime drama wasn’t a big hit at the box office, it certainly showed Gordon-Levitt’s versatility.

Shortly after Lookout, Gordon-Levitt starred in both Killshot and Stop-Loss in 2008. Alongside Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke, Gordon-Levitt helped glue the audience to the screen in another crime-drama, Killshot. Switching to a war-drama, he starred with Ryan Phillipe and Channing Tatum in Stop-Loss. Despite the excess of sexyness in the cast, Joseph stood out as a handsome yet broken individual.

In his next role, one of my personal favorites, JGL starred alongside the beautiful Zoey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer, which his character warns the audience at the beginning it’s “not a love story”, ends up being a charming, thought-provoking and beautiful film.

His next big film was 2010′s Inception, where he played a quirky dream-traveler. In yet another amazing film, Gordon-Levitt reminded us just how good a suit can look. In 2011 he starred in 50/50 as a man struggling with cancer and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Gordon has several films in the making for 2012. Starring in the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, Premier Rush, Looper and Lincoln, it seems we are about to be bombarded with Joseph flicks. Luckily he’s an amazing actor with excellent taste in films.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Filmography/Upcoming Films

  • Don Jon’s Addiction (2013)
  • Lincoln (2012)
  • Looper (2012)
  • Premium Rush (2012)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
  • 50/50 (2011)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Elektra Luxx (2010)
  • Hesher (2010)
  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009)
  • Women in Trouble (2009)
  • Uncertainty (2009)
  • 500 Day’s of Summer (2009)
  • Killshot (2008)
  • The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  • The Lookout (2007)
  • Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Latter Days (2003)
  • Picking Up the Pieces (200)
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  • Roseanne (1993-1995)
  • Angels In the Outfield (1994)

‘Premium Rush’ Movie Trailer

’500 Days of Summer’ Interview