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Joseph Gordon-Levitt has managed to escape the common pitfalls of child stardom. The son of public radio employees appeared in his first play at 4, his first commercial (peanut butter) at 6 and his first TV show, Family Ties, at 8. After an unsuccessful reboot of Dark Shadows in 1991 and a recurring gig on Roseanne, he spent his teen years portraying an alien on 3rd Rock From the Sun before moving to New York to attend Columbia University. In 2005, he starred in indie hit Brick, his first collaboration with director Rian Johnson (Looper), which jumpstarted his now above-the-marquee movie career. His resume also includes acclaimed films The Lookout, (500) Days of Summer (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination), Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, 50/50, Lincoln and Sin City 2. He wrote, directed and starred in 2013’s Don Jon and created hitRECord, a collaborative production and multimedia company that debuted a TV show in 2014. His older brother Dan, a performance artist and fire spinner who died in 2010, did not get to see his sibling get hitched to Tasha McCauley in December 2014.