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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an American signer, actor and film maker. He was born 17th of February 1981 and I consider him my favorite actor of the last few years. As a child star he never lost control of who he was nor was he ever corrupted by fame. He just grew as a better person the older he gets! Here's some reasons why Levitt is simply the best.

He is an insanely diverse actor

He has 66 acting roles to his name which would include some TV shows like 3rd Rock From the Sun, some heart-felt dramas like Brick, some blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises, indie classics such as 500 Days of Summer or 50/50, hilarious comedies such as Don Jon or 10 Things I Hate About You. Not to mention he was the star in two great animations: The Wind Rises and Treasure Planet. We see his fragile self in 500 Days of Summer yet we see a brooding, charismatic Jon in Don Jon.

This year he has still three great looking movies all so different in their own respect. Snowden will be an intense thriller telling the true story of the man behind wiki leaks, Edward Snowden. The Walk is an IMAX event that will have viewers on the edge of their seat as another biography Levitt plays Phillipe Petit. Lastly we have a promising comedy called X-Mas starring Levitt and Seth Rogen. All these movies see Levitt: cry, laugh, scream or climax. Levitt's got range, if you haven't seen any of those above movies get on that!

He's super nice in real life!

There are some actors that look friendly in their movies but are probably asswipes in real life. Levitt is not that guy. He is insanely friendly and known to be great to fans! He's also a feminist as he has been quoted to say: "My mom brought me up to be a feminist. She was active in the movement in the '60s and '70s. The Hollywood movie industry has come a long way since its past. It certainly has a bad history of sexism, but it ain't all the way yet."

Levitt is a true gentleman with manners and I'm sure that makes his very easy to work with. He got married only last year to Tasha McCauley who is a very intelligent girl with tons of degrees. He also recently welcomed a baby boy on August 15th this year!

He's good at winning awards

Levitt has been nominated for 32 awards and won 11. These awards are all pretty damn good! In The Primetime Emmy Awards he won Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media for HitRecord TV last year. He won TV Choice actor in the Teen Choice Awards in 1999 for 3rd Rock From The Sun! Way Back in 1992 he won Best Actor Under 10 in the Young Artist Awards for A River Runs Through It, which tells us he's been winning awards since he's 10. I know someday this dude will see his Oscar. After all he is only 35!

He's not just an actor

Unfortunately the world has those people who are just good at everything. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of those people. As well as being a fantastic actor, Levitt has got buckets more talents for the world to enjoy.

Firstly he is a very promising director at the tame age of 35. Gordon-Levitt's first film as director, the 24 minute-long Sparks, an adaptation of a short story by Elmore Leonard starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz, was selected for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival as part of a new program for short films. In 2013, Gordon-Levitt did the full whammy with Don Jon where he: wrote, directed and starred in his screenwriting and directorial debut. After doing this movie he stayed his modest self "I always intended this to be a movie for a mass popular audience. Everyone told me it was a long shot ... I couldn't possibly be more grateful."

In relation to things I want dearly in this word: In December 2013, Gordon-Levitt announced his involvement as a producer on a film adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman. He will produce for the Warner Bros. studio, alongside David S. Goyer and Neil Gaiman, the creator of the series. Gordon-Levitt may also direct and star in the film.

Gordon-Levitt has also been known to be a fantastic singer and dancer among everything else. He sings numerous songs on YouTube with all of us to see and some of them even have 500 Days co-star Zooey Deschanel also! Check him out singing Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis while on the piano in this clip! ( )

If you want to see his dancing skills just check out the Oscars 2013 opening act with Levitt, Seth MacFarlane and Daniel Radcliffe! Or his Hall & Oats scene in 500 Days of Summer. Basically, the dude can dance!

These are just some of the reasons why Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the best dude around. If you haven't seen his best movies or HitRecord you should get on that! I'm sure this guy is only going to get bigger and better whether it's with acting, directing, dancing, singing or all the above, he's flying.

P.S. I can't do a post why Levitt is amazing without including his Lip-Sync battle with Jimmy Fallon for those lucky people who haven't seen it yet! Enjoy.


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