No photo available. Represent Sam Levene? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Down 7,327 this week

Sam Levene (I) (1905–1980)

Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written in one octave to compensate for his lack of pipes. ... See full bio »

IMDb's Best of 2015

Find out which stars, movies, and TV shows made our Top 10 lists. Plus, watch original videos, browse photos, and more.

Visit our Best of 2015 section

"Mozart in the Jungle" Season 2 -- Watch the Trailer

Watch the season 2 trailer for the Amazon Original Series "Mozart in the Jungle." The new season begins Dec. 30 on Amazon Prime.

Watch the trailer

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 137 people
created 21 Dec 2011
a list of 91 people
created 19 Aug 2012
a list of 18 people
created 11 Jan 2013
list image
a list of 10 people
created 11 Nov 2013
a list of 87 people
created 17 Jun 2014

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Sam Levene's work have you seen?

User Polls

Known For


Jump to: Actor | Self | Archive footage
Hide Hide Show Show Actor (62 credits)
 1979 ...And Justice for All
 1979 Us Two
 1979 The Champ
Uncle Eddie (uncredited)
 1977 The Royal Family (TV Movie)
Oscar Wolfe
 1976 God Told Me To
Everett Lukas
 1976 The Money
Lou Maurice
 1971 Such Good Friends
Uncle Eddie
 1969 A Dream of Kings
 1966 A Small Rebellion (TV Movie)
Noel Greb
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Noel Greb
- A Small Rebellion (1966) ... Noel Greb
 1963 Act One
Richard Maxwell
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Larry Fay
- The Larry Fay Story (1960) ... Larry Fay
 1960 The Witness (TV Series)
Louis Buchalter
- Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter (1960) ... Louis Buchalter
 1960 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Lieutenant Maharis
- Night Dive (1960) ... Lieutenant Maharis
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- World of Sholom Aleichem (1959) ... Mendele
 1959 The World of Sholom Aleichem (TV Movie)
 1958 Kathy O'
Ben Melnick
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Eddie
 1957 A Farewell to Arms
Swiss Sergeant (uncredited)
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Old Ticket (1957)
 1957 Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Howard Rysdale
 1957 Sweet Smell of Success
Frank D' Angelo
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ben Selig / Ben Weber
- The Mother Bit (1957) ... Ben Selig
- The Playwright and the Stars (1957) ... Ben Weber
 1957 Designing Woman
Ned Hammerstein
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Mike Pearl
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Reporter McArdle
- Fearful Decision (1954) ... Reporter McArdle
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
- Johnny Blue (1954) ... Sam
 1954 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Alibi Kid (1954)
 1953 Three Sailors and a Girl
Joe Woods
 1950 Dial 1119
Dr. John D. Faron
 1950 With These Hands
Alexander Brody
 1950 Guilty Bystander
Capt. Tonetti
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Light Up the Sky (1949)
 1948 Leather Gloves
 1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Phil Conrad
 1947 Killer McCoy
 1947 Brute Force
Louie Miller #7033
 1947 A Likely Story
 1947 Boomerang!
Dave Woods - 'Morning Record' Reporter
 1943 Shoe Shine Boy (Short)
 1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic
Abel 'Chips' Abrams
 1942 Destination Unknown
Victor, Elena's Aide
 1942 The Big Street
 1942 Grand Central Murder
Inspector Gunther
 1942 Sunday Punch
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Smiley Clark
 1941 Married Bachelor
Cookie Farrar
 1939 Golden Boy
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Lieutenant Brent
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
 1938 Yellow Jack
 1936 Three Men on a Horse
 1929 The Talk of Hollywood
Film Buyer (uncredited)
Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: Tin Pan Alley. Written by Hugh Stanislaus Stange. Directed by Lester Lonergan. Biltmore Theatre: 1 Nov 1928- Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/69 performances). Cast: John Abrams (as "One of the Three Jolly Good Fellows"), Ward Argo (as "One of the Rialto Rounders Roger Bacon (as "Her Son"), George Bleasdale (as "One of the Three ... See more »

Did You Know?


In 1950 he starred in the film With These Hands (1950), about the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. At the opening of the film, David Dubinsky, the President of the ILGWU, told him "I know you", and Sam said "Yes, I am in the film with Arlene Francis". Dubinsky replied, "No, you were a cutter, just like me". See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
A First Rate Actor theowinthrop
I'd like to see Sam Levene's bio have a photo gcassidy2
Discuss Sam Levene on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page