We might not remember Joseph Gordon-Levitt who appeared as Rex/The Doctor and then as Cobra Commander in the first installment of the GI Joe franchise, (The Rise of Cobra). Yes, you guessed right, he was the deformed doctor-turned leader of the terrorist organization. A lot of critics are of the idea that Joseph took a role beneath himself when he took up the role of Cobra Commander in this series. This is because the GI Joe franchise has been viewed as a very lame interpretation of the GI Joe comics. According to one writer, “everything is wrong about the movies”.
Joseph, however, is regarded as an A-list actor who began acting in teen movies before graduating to a more dramatic fare. His career on-screen started in 1988 and since then, the American actor has been on fire. In addition to being an actor, he is also a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and musician. Some of his popular movies and TV shows include 500 Days of Summer, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, 3rd Rock from the Sun and so on. This impressive actor has been nominated 29 times for various prestigious awards but unfortunately has been able to bag only two. Let’s learn more about him below.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Began As Child Actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born on February 17, 1981, in Los Angeles to Dennis and Jane Levitt. He grew up in Sherman Oaks, still in Los Angeles – alongside a brother who passed away in 2010.
The actor attended Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles where he grew up. Before high school, he had already begun to feature in commercials and films such as Family Ties’ (1988), Hi Honey – I’m Dead (1991), The Great Elephant Escape (1995), and so on. While attending high school, however, he got more involved in acting when he was cast in a hit television series known as 3rd Rock from the Sun. After high school, he furthered his education by attending the Columbia University School of General Studies where he studied French literature, history, and French poetry.
His career has spanned over 2 decades and is still blooming. Since kicking it off as a child star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has starred in other films to his credit including Mysterious Skin (2004), Brick (2005), Killshot (2009), 50/50 (2011), and so on. In addition to his acting career, he has produced two short films – Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny’ and its sequel ‘Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zo. Both films are under the production of HitRecords, an online collaborative platform he created alongside his late brother, Dan.
He was featured in the GI Joe series first installment where he played villain Cobra Commander. He also appeared in the sci-fi movie Inception (2010), alongside Leonardo DiCaprio when he replaced James Franco who was originally scheduled for the role.
How Much Money Has He Made From Acting?
For someone like Joseph Gordon-Levitt who began his career as a child actor, there is no doubt that he has made a lot of money acting. His first known acting gig was in Stranger On My Land, released in 1988. Since then, he has taken up a plethora of challenging, appealing, intriguing and entertaining roles. He is known for playing a gay prostitute, a teenage investigator among other rather challenging roles. He has an impressively long list of movies and television shows to his credit.
With his success, it is only logical that he is financially stable. By some estimates, an average US featured actor makes $169,000 yearly, while an A-list actor like Joseph makes about $15 million to $20 million for top roles in high-budget films. Currently, from all his work in Hollywood, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is estimated to have grossed a net worth of $35 million.
Who are Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Family Members?
Not all celebrities are averse to the idea of fans know all about their family, this is especially because it is not an easy task to keep your family away from the spotlight when you are a big shot in the industry. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those celebrities who don’t mind a little probing into his family life. Research has shown that he was raised by his parents Dennis and Jane Levitt. Before we get into the life of his parents, it might interest you to know that his maternal grandfather was Michael Gordon, an American stage actor and stage and film director popular in the 1940s through the 1970s.
Other than his identity and closeness to his son, not much is known about Dennis Levitt, except that he once worked at a radio station called KPFK as a news director. The same goes for his wife, Jane Gordon. Her only known occupation was running for U.S. Congress on the platform of the Peace and Freedom Party. Dennis and Jane had another son named Daniel Douglas Gordon-Levitt, but he passed away in 2010. The loss of Daniel was a big blow to the family, especially to Joseph who was very close to him. Dan passed away on October 4, 2010, in Los Angeles.
He Is Married to Tasha McCauley
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the few celebrities who have not been stuck in any romantic scandal and has been able to keep his marital vows. He got married to Tasha McCauley in December 2014 but details about their relationship before their wedding have been kept under wraps. It is speculated that the couple began dating in 2013. Together they have 2 sons, one was born in August 2015 while the other followed in December 2017. The family is known to be notoriously private and has withheld the names of the children from the public.
Despite being a very successful scientist and CEO of a robotics company called Fellow Robots, his wife, Tasha maintains a very low profile and loves to avoid the media.