We have watched him grow up over the years and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has gone from that skinny, long-haired Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun to established indie staple to an enigmatic leading man.
2012 has already been an unprecedented year for the actor with a role in the one of the years' (or should I say decades') most anticipated, critically acclaimed blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises. There is also a starring role in Premium Rush and co-starring in the thriller Looper as the younger Bruce Willis character. Later this year, Gordon-Levitt co-stars alongside Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones in Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated Lincoln.
He was born in Los Angeles in 1981 and was acting by the age of 6 in commercials and some feature films, like an appearance in A River Runs Through It (1992). His breakthrough role came in 1996 in the form of a little show called 3rd Rock from the Sun. The show had a successful 6 year run winning many awards. After it ended, he co-starred in a string of critically acclaimed independent film roles before moving on to now bigger blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
CST'S FAVORITE JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT ROLES
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
3rd Rock From the Sun (TV series 1996-2001) - Some may just see this show as another sitcom. I see it as one of the most imaginative, best-written, smartest sitcoms ever airing on television.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Mysterious Skin (2004)
The Lookout (2007)
(500) Days of Summer (2009) - The first of his 2 Golden Globe nominated roles. He played the adorable boyfriend every girl in America wanted in a movie audiences are still eating up even to this day and will for years to come.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (2009) - the movie of course, was not that great which is what many of you would agree but his role was something truly different for the actor and I think he did a fantastic job with it.
50/50 (2011) - see my review
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) - see my review
I definitely see an extremely successful future for this versatile actor and I know audiences and critics see the same thing, it's hard not to. If he doesn't have an Oscar nomination or three under his belt in the next several years then the people doing the nominating are blind. I also believe that alien kid will soon be a distant memory, if he hasn't already been swallowed by the amazing roles he has conquered.
Thank you and see you at the next blog.