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:

* 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
* 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]].
* {{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''.
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanTheyLook: Can you believe he's actually in his late-mid thirties when he appears to look like someone at least ten years younger?!
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Notable in that it got him cast in ''Film/{{Inception}}''.