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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in the TV comedy 3rd Rock From the Sun, and several acclaimed films, including (500) Days of Summer, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
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A fan of Batman since childhood,
Gordon-Levitt fulfilled a personal dream by getting to work with the caped crusader in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. He plays a Gotham City police officer in this installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga. Christian Bale plays the famed crime fighter in the film. Gordon-Levitt has another major film slated for a late 2012 release. He worked with director Steven Spielberg on the biopic Abraham Lincoln, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the historic president. Gordon-Levitt plays Lincoln's son, Robert, in the film.
While Gordon-Levitt's work ranges from indie pictures to major studio releases, he is guided by a basic principle when choosing his roles: "I'm attracted to characters who feel like real human beings, not stereotypes, or plot points," he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger in an interview.
In addition to acting, Gordon-Levitt is a creative visionary. He developed hitRECord, a collaborative production company, which brings together artists, musicians, filmmakers and others. Together, they produce different types of media, including short films, albums and books. Gordon-Levitt's enterprise released RECollection, Volume I in 2011, which featured songs, videos, stories and images made by the collective.
Gordon-Levitt lost his older brother, Dan, in October 2010. His brother was a performance artist and a fire spinner, who often went by the name "Burning Dan." In 2012, Gordon-Levitt was angered by an article in GQ, which claimed that Dan had died of a drug overdose. The official cause of Dan's death was not released, and Gordon-Levitt wrote in his tumblr account that the article was "factually incorrect according to the coroner's office and the police department." He went on to say that his brother "was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person."
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