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A former child star who found his niche in indie fare, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born Feb. 17, 1981, in Los Angeles. He got his start in commercials and eventually landed a spot on the successful sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun," playing an alien elder trapped in the body of an ordinary teenager.

Gordon-Levitt also found fame in popular films such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). But his discomfort with the celebrity machine led to a self-directed detour at Columbia University, where he studied French history and literature before returning to acting by way of independent cinema.

Among the actor's most notable indie roles are his critically acclaimed portrayals of a gay prostitute in Mysterious Skin (2004), an angst-ridden teenage detective in Brick (2005) and a lovesick greeting card writer in (500) Days of Summer.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden

Snowden

2016 R

In 2013, CIA technical expert Edward Snowden stunned the world by revealing a stolen trove of classified U.S. government documents. This Oliver Stone-helmed drama tells the story of the bold theft that exposed secret NSA mass surveillance programs.

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