[[quoteright:220:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/220px-Joseph_Gordon-Levitt_Mar_2009_684.jpg]]
->''"Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process."''

Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (sometimes abbreviated to JGL), born February 17, 1981, started his acting career in commercials as a child, getting his big break starring in the 1994 Disney remake of Film/AngelsInTheOutfield, before starring in the show ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. Since then, he has broken out of the role that ''3rd Rock'' put him in, first starring in a string of indie films, receiving acclaim from critics for his performances in such movies as ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' and ''{{Film/Brick}}''. After such movies brought him to the attention of major Hollywood producers, he began to work his way into big budget productions, with prominent supporting roles in ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' and leading roles in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' and ''{{Film/Looper}}''. He has been acclaimed by critics on many occasions, and increased public interest in his movies has made him a star on the rise.

He also runs a Web site called [[http://hitRECord.org/ hitRECord.org]], where collaborators from around the world work on various projects. Once a month, Joe will select one "record" to publish and split the money between all the contributors. You can find his tumblr [[http://hitrecordjoe.tumblr.com/ here]].

He prefers to be called Joe.

----
!!!Joseph Gordon-Levitt has starred in:

* ''Film/ARiverRunsThroughIt'' (1992) Norman (as a child)
* ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' (1994) as Roger Bomman
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' as Tommy Solomon (19962001)
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' (1999) as Cameron James
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' as Zach Henniger in "Something About Harry" (2000)
* ''Film/{{Manic}}'' (2001) as Lyle Jensen
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' (2002) as Jim Hawkins
* ''Film/MysteriousSkin'' (2003) as Neil [=Mc=]Cormick
* ''Film/{{Brick}}'' (2005) as Brendan Frye
* ''Film/TheLookout'' (2007) as Chris Pratt
* ''Film/StopLoss'' (2008) as Private Tommy Burgess
* ''Film/{{Killshot}}'' (2008) as Richie Nix
* ''Film/{{Uncertainty}}'' (2009) as Bobby
* ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' (2009) as Tom Hansen
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' (2009) [[TheEvilGenius The Doctor]] aka [[spoiler:Rex Lewis]] aka [[spoiler:Cobra Commander]]
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (2010) Arthur
* ''Film/{{Hesher}}'' (2010) - Hesher
* ''Film/FiftyFifty'' (2011) - Adam Lerner
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' (2012) - Officer/Detective [[spoiler:Robin]] John Blake
* ''Film/PremiumRush'' (2012) - Wilee
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'' (2012) Younger Joe
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' (2012) Robert Todd Lincoln
* ''Film/DonJon'' (2013) - Jon Martello; also writer and director
* ''Anime/TheWindRises'' (2013) - voice of Jiro Horikoshi in English
* ''[[Comicbook/SinCity Sin City: A Dame To Kill For]]'' (2014) - Johnny
* ''Film/TheWalk'' (2015) - Philippe Petit
* ''Film/{{Snowden}}'' (2016) - Edward Snowden
* Untitled ''Series/FraggleRock'' movie (TBA, est. 2017)

----
!!!Tropes associated with JGL:

* AbilityOverAppearance: He doesn't look at all like Creator/BruceWillis, who he plays the younger version of in ''{{Film/Looper}}''. But he nails Bruce's mannerisms and makes it 100% believable that they could be the same person. Some facial prosthetics helped too.
* ActingInTheDark: In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' he didn't know [[spoiler: John Blake's real name was Robin]], as that was dubbed in post production specifically to keep it a secret.
* ActorAllusion:
** Jeff Daniels has played his mentor in ''The Lookout'' and ''{{Film/Looper}}''.
** He played a Tommy in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' and ''Film/StopLoss'', and a Tom in ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer''.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: The entire narration of ''Morgan M. Morgansen's Date with Destiny''.
** PurpleProse: In the same work, he narrates the waiter is a food penguin and lemons are sour yellows, for example.
** SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* CareerResurrection: He took a hiatus from acting to distance himself from being a TeenIdol, and acted in mostly below-the-radar films. When ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'' proved to be a hit, he was catapulted back to the mainstream - leading to stuff like ''{{Film/Inception}}'', ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ''{{Film/Looper}}'' etc.
* TheCastShowOff: In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' Cameron learns French in order to tutor Bianca. Joe is fluent in French.
* CelebrityResemblance: Disturbingly, [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Robin and the Joker]] really [[http://www.blogvedete.com/wp-content/gallery/sarbatoritul-zilei-joseph-gordon-levitt_1/128874806770315975.jpg look like each other]].
* CreatorBacklash: Hated his status as a teen heartthrob, leading to him taking a hiatus from acting.
* TheDanza: He plays Joe in ''Looper''.
* DirectedByCastMember: He wrote, directed and co-starred in ''Don Jon''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Shaved his head on screen for a scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty''.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In order to convincingly play a brain damaged man in ''The Lookout'' he deprived himself of sleep and worked out before shooting - so he would look disoriented.
* {{Fanservice}}: His ''Film/MagicMike'' parody during his second gig hosting ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
* FormerChildStar: {{Averted|Trope}}. He's more famous now than he was as a child actor.
** Remember him as the lead in ''Angels in the Outfield''.
** And he was also in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: As noted above, he's fluent in French. In ''{{Film/Looper}}'' his character is trying to learn French and is terrible at it.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Can you believe he's actually in his late-mid thirties when he appears to look like someone at least ten years younger?!
* PlayingAgainstType: In the late 2000s he took many roles in order to disassociate himself from his TeenIdol image.
** ''{{Film/Brick}}'' as an antisocial loner in a FilmNoir style story.
** ''Film/StopLoss'' as a troubled alcoholic soldier.
** ''The Lookout'' as a brain-damaged athlete who turns to crime.
* ProductionPosse: He, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Marion Cotillard all worked with Christopher Nolan on ''{{Film/Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: He dislocated a shoulder during ''Film/StopLoss'' and filming had to be stopped for two weeks as a result.
* ThoseTwoActors: With Lukas Haas in ''{{Film/Brick}}'', ''The Lookout'' and ''{{Film/Lincoln}}''.
* ThrowItIn: The headshaving scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' was largely improvised between him and Seth Rogen.
* WagTheDirector: The studio wanted to film a kiss scene in ''Film/FiftyFifty'' between Adam and Katherine. Joe and Anna Kendrick refused to film it, and their relationship is a MaybeEverAfter in the finished film.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Notable in that it got him cast in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was one of the many actors cast in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' before pulling out.
** He had been tapped to direct a movie based on Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', but backed out, citing creative differences.
** He replaced Creator/JamesMcAvoy for ''Film/FiftyFifty'' just two days before shooting began.
----