Since the popularity of 2009's (500) Days of Summer, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has had a string of impressive films like Hesher and Inception.

His latest is 50/50, a dramatic comedy about a man diagnosed with cancer. 50/50, loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser, also stars Reiser's good friend Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The film has already received rave reviews from critics and fans. 50/50 currently has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It's a movie about relationships -- between friends, lovers, motheres and sons. More than anything that's what it is, Gordon-Levitt recently told The Huffington Post.

Gordon-Levitt has come a long way since his 3rd Rock from the Sun days. From 1996-2001, he played the extraterrestrial teenager Tommy Solomon on the hit television series, opposite John Lithgow and Kristen Johnston.

During the 3rd Rock run, Gordon-Levitt made a number of films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Juror and the forgettable Woody Allen picture Picking Up the Pieces in 2000.

Gone are the days of his long hair, boyish smile and cracking voice. Well, maybe not the boyish smile.

With Friday's release of 50/50, don't expect Gordon-Levitt to quit his day job any time soon.

The 30-year-old is set to appear in four films in 2012, including Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment, The Dark Knight Rises. Gordon-Levitt also stars as the lead in Premium Rush, an action thriller about a bike messenger on the run in New York City. His other projects include Looper with Bruce Willis and Lincoln with director Stephen Spielberg.

Here's a photo tribute to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, rising lead actor.