Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (born February 17, 1981) is an American actor whose career as both a child and adult has included television series and theatrical films. He is known for his roles in the 2009 indie (500) Days of Summer and Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Inception
. The former earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Beginning in commercials as a young child he made his film debut in 1992's Beethoven. Gordon-Levitt subsequently co-starred in the television sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001) as the young Tommy Solomon. After a hiatus during which he attended Columbia University, Gordon-Levitt left television for film acting, appearing in various independent films, beginning with the 2001 film Manic
, followed by the acclaimed roles in 2004's Mysterious Skin and 2005's Brick
. He runs an online collaborative production company titled HitRECord.