Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt is born in Los Angeles to a Jewish family. His parents are radio news director Dennis Levitt and US Congressional candidate Jane Gordon. He has a brother named Dan, who is seven years older than him. His maternal grandfather is director Michael Gordon. At the age of four, he plays the Scarecrow in a local children’s theater production of The Wizard of Oz. About getting into acting:
I was never pressured into acting. I just genuinely liked it, like I liked gymnastics and football and Little League.