Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets Harvard's Hasty Pudding honor

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 1:35 PM
Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets Harvard's Hasty Pudding honor

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Actor, director and producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also founded and directs the online creative collaborative hitrecord.org, was named Thursday as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals Man of the Year.

"The Pudding is excited to honor a performer who is not only a talented actor but also a visionary entrepreneur who developed a revolutionary platform for artistic content creation and distribution," the organization said in its announcement.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical organization.

Gordon-Levitt will be roasted and receive his pudding pot on Feb. 5.

"Perusing the impressive list of past Hasty Pudding Men Of The Year, I'm simultaneously struck with intense delusions of grandeur and mild waves of humility," he said in the organization's announcement.

Previous winners include Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Harrison Ford. Chris Pratt won last year.

The former child actor won a Young Artist Award for his first major role in the 1992 film "A River Runs Through It," then became a household name as Tommy Solomon on the NBC sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun."

He won a primetime Emmy Award in 2014 for "HitRecord on TV," and has twice been nominated for Golden Globes, for the films "50/50" and "500 Days of Summer."

Gordon-Levitt will next be seen in Oliver Stone's "Snowden," playing Edward Snowden, who leaked classified NSA documents.

Hitrecord.org allows people to collaborate on creative projects including books, music and movies. It has published books, put out records, and has screened works at major film festivals.

Kerry Washington was previously named the 2016 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.

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This story has been changed to correct style on Robert De Niro's name.