Birth Name: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born Feb. 17, 1981, Gordon-Levitt was raised in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley by liberal parents who had met while working at a local progressive radio station. His maternal grandfather, Michael Gordon, had studied acting in New York with Elia Kazan, and was a rising filmmaker whose career was cut short when he was blacklisted for being deemed a Communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare of the 1950s. Evidence pointed to Gordon-Levitt having inherited his grandfather's acting gene when he hit the stage for the first time at age four. When asked by an agent in the audience if he might like to be in commercials, the youngster gave a resounding "yes." He quickly t...
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